Browsing articles tagged with " Interaction with Traffic"
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 […]

Sep
25
2017

Rambling Different Trails: A Death In The Cycling Family.

It’s been a terrible week for Lincoln’s cycling community. It saw broken bones and death, as well as at least two more “accidents,” one hurt badly, involving motorists and cyclists. We are grieving the loss of Randy Gibson, as much a pillar of the cycling community in Lincoln as anyone has been. He was an active force in the National Bike Challenge, #2 last I looked, and one of the pirates of Pirate Cycling League, […]

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 […]

Mar
7
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Fast Forward To The Present

I was reminded a few days ago just how quickly things are changing here in Zhoukou. I was commenting on the small village roads I’d been riding lately. Another oral English teacher, one who has been here for more than ten years laughed and said that when she arrived all the roads were like that. There were no big roads. What traffic there was consisted of buses, trucks, taxis, black government cars, and three-wheelers. And […]

Feb
6
2017

Trail Ramblings: Driven Beyond Patience.

It’s easy to take for granted the dependability and generally law-abiding nature of Lincoln motorists, excepting of course the (lack of) use of turn signals. Here in China if there’s dependability, it’s that when a motorist, or anyone, sees an opportunity to get ahead, they’ll likely take it. Queuing up is not second nature here. That message was brought home yesterday when we accepted the offer of an outing to Xiangcheng to see Yuan Shikai’s […]

Dec
6
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Why The Heck Am I Posting This?

It was brought to my attention recently that there are new friends of Bicyclincoln that don’t why this blog post appears every week. My name is Janine Copple and I am a Bicyclincoln board member living in China this year. I previously posted Trail Ramblings which was mainly about area trails in and around Lincoln. The cycling world is vast and diverse. We may do things differently and for different reasons but we all speak […]

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 […]

Jul
18
2016

Getting Along: The Friendly Wave

Are you a “waver”? I am. And I cross paths with several on my commute every morning. I have no idea who they are, but there are two bicyclists and even one motorcyclist with whom I exchange waves or called-out hellos or good-mornings – same time, same place, every day. It’s one of the many charms of bike commuting. There is a human element unique to riding a bike. We are not enclosed in a […]

Jul
18
2016

Zoo Expansion and the Rock Island Trail

Did you know that the Lincoln Children’s Zoo’s expansion plans will likely impact the Rock Island trail? As part of its planned expansion, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo intends to shift the majority of its parking to two lots south of A Street – one lot on either side of the Rock Island trail, with a total of 400 parking spaces. Based on current plans, the lots would be connected by a driveway, allowing vehicle traffic to circulate […]

Feb
1
2016

Trail Ramblings: Is it just me?

Are some motorists getting ruder towards cyclists or is it just something I’m noticing more? As more people commute or ride for sport some motorists seem to be increasingly less willing to share the road. I have noticed a steady increase in offensive behavior by motorists in the past year. And not for anything I’ve done wrong, usually. There’s been gratuitous honking, yelling and a seeming lack of familiarity with the rules of the road […]

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