Totally agree with Josh on how annoying and dangerous it is when cars stop for bikes. And, honestly, in most cases, the stopping for pedestrians is annoying and dangerous, too! I don't care what the law is, if you are on foot, OR on a bike, the freaking cars have the right of way. Get over it and be safe. It takes two seconds to stop and wait for a car to pass at 35 mph. Then you can cross.
Thanks, Rob. Yes, it's all pretty much true. I guess I'd argue that everyone can and should take it up. No caps. I get the point that there's plenty of poor behavior on the part of cyclists and I don't make any apologies for it. But I love that our cops will ticket folks for not having lights, and for riding unsafely. And nobody debates the fact that you've got to co-exist with cars and be practical and obey laws. I'm interested in your take on accepting motorist charity, when you're on a bike and trying to get across an arterial.
Missoula is not just a "bike friendly" city, it has a bicycle culture all its own. thanks to the many advocates and promoters of bicycling as both a sport and state of consciousness, we have a great infrastructure and support system for anyone who wants to take up the activity...for health, for the environment, to save money on gas, or just getting out and seeing things around town that you miss when you are stuck in a car.
that being said, this is NOT something everyone can or should take up. every day, i witness people who haven't a clue about such basics as following the rules of the road, using alternate [safer] routes instead of riding on the busiest streets, or even practicing routine maintanence on the bikes they are riding. i know of so many people who have gone out and bought a bike, take it out on an afternoon ride, and soon discover that there are certain physical discomforts you experience from riding....sore wrists, sore crotch, sore back, exposure to the [sometimes] radical weather changes we can have here....or finding themselves having to share the road with big scary motor vehicles.....and they never get back on the bike again.
i can speak from almost 45 years of biking, that if you think you want to be part of the Missoula Bicycling community, you need to be capable and able to ride....you need to know how to shift gears, know when and how to brake and which brake to rely on the most, and most of all, you need to be physically able to accelerate and motivate your bike if you plan on riding ANYWHERE there is other traffic. and for crying out loud, don't ride out in the center of the road if you don't have to... you are not a car...even if State of Montana law gives you the right to ride on the road, the LAWS OF PHYSICS says that a 2000+lb automobile will have more to say about that, than you and your bike will.
Congrats to Blood Brother for Best Feature Documentary!
Thanks for the plug, Independent! Our Christmas CD is also available at Rockin' Rudy's and Hastings in Missoula, and in music stores in Hamilton, Bozeman and Billings.
Bravo! Respect for others is a dying consideration, as evidenced by the armies of self-absorbed mouth-breathers who live the bulk of their lives on their devices. Why do they bother coming to a live performance?
Remember last year when we went to see The Art of Climing? I wore my pearls! ;)
Loved the article, everyone can use a refresher in etiquette from time to time!
The new Top Hat owner needs to be open to the arts community and stop shutting out genres of music he deems inappropriate for the space. The Missoula music scene is TINY and by doing that he risks loosing his venue AND vision.
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