A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on May 25, 2016 at 2:32pm PDT
Quoc Pham Shoes designed these sneakers with an intent to make a shoe cyclists could wear for all occasions, all day, on, and off the bike. They succeeded and proved you don’t need a stiffness index to make a good road shoe, just a well-balanced sole with a recessed cleat. The low-rise Urbanites feature natural materials and fine craftsmanship. They’re highly recommended by us, shared on Insta, reviewed on Medium Bicycles, and in the next issue of our magazine.
When Mr. On Your Left blew through a red light, I didn’t bark at him about it cause it’s still #BiketoWorkMonth, but mentioned it to my bro Chris DiStefano who told me this:
I rang my bell at a guy and he lost it. He said, “You’re supposed to say on your left!” I told him this was a universal indicator and just more pleasant. He said, “‘Oh, you must be one of those new commuters.
I also told him a bell was universal, what if someone doesn’t speak English. He laughed like Donald Trump. That’s ridiculous, is what he replied.To The Point
It is ridiculous that those of us who ride year around, think this is the month when the tourists show up. So to the point, a bell is most certainly used to alert people on the path of your presence. I’ve have one on all my city bikes and have never had a confrontation over it. Also, if you’re gonna say, “on your left,” it’s done as a courtesy when passing. It does not mean, “Give me your line,” and/or that the cyclists in your way should move or slow down. Like a bell, it’s a courtesy, and much different than flashing your lights in the left lane at the car in front of you, right?
There’s only a few days left of bike-to-work month, so here’s another tip for the “Commuter,” “hold your line around corners.”
And, don’t run red lights.
While I don’t think it’s necessary to write e a bell shootout, I recommend you find one with a loud, pleasant ring and that suits you. I like bells from Crane, as seen in the photo above and that’s on Amazon for $12.00. The bell du jour is Spurcycle and Mark V reviewed it. One just like it is on Amazon too for $11.00. Also see this Vine with another Crane I have that I used to get brogramers’ attention downtown.
I have been struggling with my role on this site, finding myself more drawn to West Seattle bicycling issues, as can be gleaned from my posts. I hope to continue to post here now and then, if the site continues, but my focus will be with the newly formed West Seattle Bike Connections group.
Provide advocacy and assistance for those traveling by bicycle to, from, and around West Seattle
Make cycling a safer, efficient and attractive option for travel to downtown and for destinations in and beyond West Seattle neighborhoods, for riders of all ages and abilities.
Help connect West Seattleites to school, work, transit, shopping areas, friends/family and recreation by bicycle.
Give West Seattle a strong voice in the 2012-13 Seattle Bike Master Plan update.
Engage the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Washington State Department of Transportation (WADOT), King County Metro, the Port of Seattle and other groups (governmental, private and non-profit) interested in providing alternatives to driving; emphasize positive impact of cycling on freight mobility and highlight the usefulness of convenient bike+bus/bike+rail travel options for all modes of travel.