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I just want to go for a bike ride

Our friend and contributor Steevo had a less than pleasant experience last weekend, which led to his blog post. And something about it just really hit home for me, and probably will for you too:

I just want to go for a bike ride without people ruining it.
I want to go for a bike ride without car drivers shaking their heads at me as they pass.
I just want to go for a bike ride without off leash dogs biting me.
I want to go for a bike ride where no car that passes me has a driver that is texting.
I want to go for a bike ride where cars actually abide by the 4 foot passing law, or even half of it. I would
be happy with 2 feet to be honest.
I want to go for a bike ride where there is not garbage and debris on the shoulder for the entire ride.
I want to go for a bike ride where I actually de stress instead of adding stress.
I want to go for a bike ride where at no point am I worried about coming home alive.

Well said, Steevo. Well said.

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6 Comments

  1. garthAugust 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I want to go for a bike ride without having to “represent” the “community”.

  2. jakeAugust 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    steevo, i would encourage you to get out of the city and find a nice country road, preferably gravel. you could ride along at any pace you like and shed all worries. you might see a handful of cars, but they will give you ample room and if you smile and wave as they pass, they will probably return the gesture. i know this is an urban cycling site, but if you’d like to escape your woes for a bit, take my advice. you might start to reconsider the whole urban bit altogether.

  3. PadumeAugust 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Steevo, you can have the bike ride of your dreams on the Great Allegheny Passage!

  4. bradAugust 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

    For what it’s worth the incident that prompted this post was being bit by a dog on a country, gravel road. Shed all worries in the country? Good luck.

  5. rbAugust 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Yeah, two lane gravel and paved roads in the country aren’t always the bills people make them out to be. Here in CO, two lane paved country roads often have no shoulder and speed limits of 40+MPH. The gravel roads aren’t much better, though they tend to be wider than the paved roads, the speed limit is still 40 MPH. Also, due to surface conditions a rider may find it necessary to ride near the middle of the road and speeding vehicles don’t anticipate riders on gravel roads. Not to mention unleashed dogs whose past time is chasing anything that moves. I carry a can of mace when I ride gravel. A good shot into the gnawing jaws of a canine usually sends them ass-over-tea-kettle in a burning cloud of chemicals and dust.

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