Day 128: Sharing the road

11 05 2010

CNN had an interesting article today on how drivers and cyclists disagree with road sharing. As expected, cities where bicyclists are more common and visible seem to be better able to share the roads with motorists. While many cities are expanding the number of bike lanes on their roads or are increasingly educating the public about how to share the road, I think it will always be a territorial issue. Motorists don’t always want to be slowed down by or share the road with cyclists, and cyclists don’t always follow the rules of the road. Neither group is very tolerant of the other. Is it really that difficult for everyone to just get along?

I think Louisville has done a good job in helping us become a more bike-friendly city. From developing the first 25 of 100 miles of the Louisville Loop, holding a bi-annual bike summit, developing a public awareness campaign called StreetSense, having an annual Hike & Bike event, are just a few of the cycling-related things Louisville has to offer. We also have some great local bike shops, bike clubs with group rides for all experience levels, and much more.

If motorists and cyclists alike can work toward being considerate of each other and learn to share the road, it would be a more pleasant and much safer world for all of us.

In other news, I’d like to thank Fatty for the shout-out today on his blog! He’s updating his site today with stories from various people who did his 100 Miles of Nowhere ride on Saturday. I had hundreds of visits to my site today. Thanks Fatty and those of you who are new visitors. I hope you’ll come back.

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Chocolate, peanut butter, banana smoothie = 385 cal.

Lunch:
— Grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat = 431
— 1/2 of pototo chips = 150
— Iced tea = 0

Dinner:
— Salad with ranch dressing = 163
— Soft pretzel = 483
— Iced tea = 0

Snack:
— Skinny Cow cookies & cream ice cream cup = 120

Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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Thanks for visiting.

Do events such as Critical Mass help or harm motorist’s acceptance of cyclists?

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4 responses

11 05 2010
38n121s

hey i like the idea of your blog. As a triathlete it gives me inspiration. I see like me you sometimes you have trouble with motivation. I just like to tell myself suck it up buttercup at those times, there are people out there working a lot harder than me. Good luck with your project.

11 05 2010
cyclingproject365

Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I have been having a tough time getting (or staying) motivated, especially with dieting. I just can’t get the scale to move. But I keep trying. I enjoy cycling so that helps. Thanks again for your feedback! Take care.

12 05 2010
drivingschoolpages

yes – if more people cycled like you – our planet would be much better off – too many people die from car accidents these days.

Keep up the good work. Be the inspiration for others.

12 05 2010
cyclingproject365

Thanks for your comment. Safety is definitely a big issue. Far too many people get injured and killed on bicycles and also in cars. We all need to take time, slow down and watch out for others.

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