Re: Sharing the Road WAS: RE: This Saturday: Meet the Teams rides - TeamOregonandTheraputic Associates

Kevin

September 30, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Indeed!

And as an aside, it is illegal to ride two abreast if you are impeding the normal flow of traffic.

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----- Original Message ----
From: Susan Otcenas
To: obra@list.obra.org
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 11:00:06 AM
Subject: [OBRA Chat] Sharing the Road WAS: RE: This Saturday: Meet the Teams rides - TeamOregonandTheraputic Associates

>>It is common to find riders 2-abreast chatting and riding along country roads or city streets with cars, trucks and buses accommodating the cyclists; passing only when it is safe and passing in a safe non-threatening manner too. Imagine riding 2-abreast out Skyline or up Rocky Point without getting harassed or hampered in your enjoyment of a beautiful ride and beautiful scenery; pretty hard to imagine for most Oregon cyclists.

My apologies if I've misunderstood what you were trying to say here, but...

I would like to point out that SHARING goes both ways. Sharing the road with motorists does not mean we should ride two abreast and chat if it impedes traffic on country roads. SHARING should mean we respectfully give way to a faster passing vehicle when it comes upon us riding two abreast, and that that same vehicle is patient and gives us the chance to do so without buzzing us, harassing us or runnning us off the road.

SHARING shouldn't "hamper" our enjoyment of a beautiful ride. Mutual respect for one another should *enhance* that beautiful ride.

Sharing is a give and take amongst all roadway users.

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-----Original Message-----
From: obra-bounces@list.obra.org [mailto:obra-bounces@list.obra.org] On Behalf Of VeloSki Tours Netbook
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 4:49 AM
To: obra@list.obra.org
Subject: Re: [OBRA Chat] This Saturday: Meet the Teams rides - TeamOregon andTheraputic Associates

Hey all in OBRA land,

Interesting that in Portland, Oregon it is still deemed essential to hide from traffic if you want to ride a bike safely. While scouting new routes for my very popular Nice-to-Pisa cycle-tour I spoke with numerous bike shops, hotels and riders in Italy about the best roads for riding. The almost universal response was something like, "This is Italy, we share the roads." And amazingly that is exactly the experience that I share with all of my guests too.

It is common to find riders 2-abreast chatting and riding along country roads or city streets with cars, trucks and buses accommodating the cyclists; passing only when it is safe and passing in a safe non-threatening manner too. Imagine riding 2-abreast out Skyline or up Rocky Point without getting harassed or hampered in your enjoyment of a beautiful ride and beautiful scenery; pretty hard to imagine for most Oregon cyclists. But, that is exactly what draws me back to Europe to ride every summer and to share the experience with anyone who wants to join one of my tours; a culture that respects everyone's use of the roads, whether driving, riding (bicycle or motorbike), herding or walking.

Keep pedaling and smiling--it is the best cycletherapy.

Lawrence Smith
VĂ©loSki Sports
www.veloski.com
tours@veloski.com
+33 6 26 20 6958 France mobile

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