Browsing articles tagged with " Bike trails"
Nov
13
2017

Getting Along: Right-of-Way and Right Turns

Recent changes in my daily commute have me hitting 40th and Normal every day at peak traffic time, and in my experience, this is one of the most dangerous road crossings along a trail. This is all I want to do: Simple, right? It’s pretty unremarkable. If you saw this intersection, you’d think it was decent. It has a marked crosswalk. It has a pedestrian signal that gives a ‘walk’ signal without having to be […]

Aug
14
2017

Trail Ramblings: So What’s All That Grass Over There?

Whether we’re taking it easy or crushing it on the trails and roads around Lincoln, we are experiencing nature around us in some form. Do you know what it is you’re seeing? If you ride by some of the prairies, such as Fletcher prairie on the Mopac at 105th St., you can see a re-creation of what the area might have looked like as tallgrass prairie. It may look at first glance like a large […]

Aug
7
2017

Trail Ramblings: What Do We Want For Our Trails?

Our excellent trail system in and around Lincoln is a resource all of us who use it are happy to have. Whenever a piece of it is disrupted, especially a heavily used segment, all kinds of opinions are weighed and verdicts handed down. Cyclists want safe and well engineered routes, wide enough to pass with an “on your left” that everyone hears and understands to mean slower traffic keeps to the right. Walkers and runners […]

Feb
27
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Thin Gray Lines.

First an update from last week. In Shanghai a task force has been rounding up bike shares off the sidewalks. Apparently there are so many that people were complaining that they were taking up the space needed to park their own bicycles and scooters. Are they a victim of their own success? They will still be available, but there will be fewer. http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/article/police-sweep-share-bikes-removed-streets?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=police-sweep-share-bikes-removed-streets&utm_medium=social Now on to this week. I am not a roadie. If given […]

Jan
16
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Road Trip!

Our recent trip to Yunnan province was not a biking trip, but we did manage to bike a few days. In Kunming while looking for rental options I did come across a bike tour package from Bike China Adventures that does 1-2 week tours from April to October. It included an interesting sounding one in Yunnan, but we were traveling off-season and were figuring in a traveling companion who interpreted for us so maybe some […]

Oct
24
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Traffic Rules Come To Zhoukou

Well, since last week Zhoukou’s finest have been cracking down on traffic scofflaws. Owning the road doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for what you do on it. There have been traffic police and/or crossing guards at every major intersection and some frontage road/bike paths. I’m still not sure if some know the rules at all. A cargo moto with a load of bricks will cut you off looking neither left nor right and a motorist […]

Oct
17
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Hey, You DO Own The Road.

I was wondering at the impression I have that the operators of the electric three-wheel cargo motos, scooters and bicyclists act like they own the road here, and don’t wear helmets. They only relinquish their lane (I use that term loosely) when a truck or car is laying on their horn in an “Outta my way, I’m coming through!” kind of way. Then I remembered the articles I’ve read this past year or so about […]

Oct
11
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Riding To Lao Tze's Hometown.

As it turns out riding from Zhoukou to Luyi , philosopher Lao Tze’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laozi hometown here in Henan province is like riding to Omaha from Lincoln, about 100 kilometers. Last week we had a fall break for Golden Week, China’s anniversary of nationhood. We didn’t travel much because it seems everyone else does, and in China that’s reason enough to stay home. It wasn’t a total bust however, as we got in some rides, did […]

Sep
25
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Where Two Wheels Rule.

It’s been almost a month now that Steve and I have been in China, teaching English at Zhoukou Normal University. In that time I’ve bought a bicycle and have been exploring. It took quite a while before I figured out how to record rides and log miles since google products including maps don’t work here, and apps like Strava that use them don’t either.  I’m using the Chinese Baidu map that has a measurement feature […]

Aug
8
2016

Trail Ramblings: What IS That Plant?

You ride past them, but do you know what they are? Rails to Trails corridors and waterways are great places to see both native plants and opportunistic interlopers. Some are medicinal, some are edible, and some are poisonous, would you know the difference? Some trails provide identification markers, and our LPSNRD has installed interpretive signs showing invasive plant species at some state parks and along the Mopac on the other side of the Platte river. […]

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