Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Replaced the chain today. 
Odo - 2,942 (14,274)

New Bar Wrap - Tsukamaki "Style"

Newbaum's cotton cloth bar tape, orange and white Tsukamaki style over blue base color. After about 8 coats of shellac. The orange is now almost a match for the bike and the white is a little darker then the Hillborne decals but I'm fine with it.
See more photos here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/neutralbuoyancy/5782663785/in/photostream/

Friday, May 27, 2011

Seattle Police Officer doesn't know the law.

On my way home last night I was pulled over by one of "Seattle's Finest".  I had just rode up a hill on Yancy and came to a stop at Avalon, ready to make a left.  Avalon is arterial and Yancy is a side street.  The speed here on Avalon is, at most 30 mph.
There is a stop sign for Yancy.  I came to a full stop.  I even put my foot down and waited for two cars, to my left, traveling Northbound on Avalon.  To my right was a line of widely spaced cars moving South on Avalon.  My goal is to make a left in one of those gaps.  All the cars to my left have passed and I start to move, slowly across the street, pausing slightly in the middle turn lane for my chance.  The car in front of the gap I'm shooting for slows down to make a right, thus closing the gap somewhat but I'm already committed, relying on the courtesy of the next driver, the fact that said driver has to also slow for the car making the turn, and that I'm in a crosswalk.  The next car happens to be a Seattle Police patrol.  I make my turn in front of him, so now we are traveling in the same direction but I'm pulled so far to the side of the road that you could fit another car in between us.  At this point the cop chirps his siren at me.  What the Frak?!  I look over and he's point for me to pull over.  OK, I pull over, on to the sidewalk.  He pulls over, next to me, and rolls down the window.

Cop - "Stop signs apply to you too."
Me - "I did stop!"  He was to far down the road to even see me when I was stopped!
Cop - "You need to yield to traffic.  I had to apply my brakes to let keep from hitting you."
A) He wouldn't have hit me even if he didn't apply his brakes.  He was only moving at about 25 mph and there was still plenty of space for me to get across.  I'm so sorry you had to slow down from 25 to 20.  Where's the courtesy?!
B) He had to apply his brakes in the first place to let the car in front of him turn right!
C) I'm in an unmarked crosswalk and he should have come to a complete stop, as well as the car in front of him, to let me pass anyway!
Me - "And I was in a crosswalk!"  Arm extended, pointing at the crosswalk.  There are even ramps here for wheelchairs to cross and little buckets with flags for pedestrians to carry while crossing.
Cop - "Crosswalk don't apply to you!"
Cop - "If you're riding in the street you need to abide by all the rules as motor traffic."  So are you telling me that if I had stopped, got off my bicycle and walked across the street regardless of how much traffic there was, you would have had to stop for me?
Me - "OKAY OFFICER"  In my gut I knew this wasn't right.
The cop then rolled up his window and rode away and I continued my ride home.  The same ride.  The same route I take everyday I work for five years now.

So I looked up the Seattle Department of Transportation Bicycle Code (SDOT Bicycle code) online and, as it turns out, this officer is wrong.  He either doesn't know the law or told me a flat out lie!
Section 11.44.100 RIGHT-OF-WAY IN CROSSWALK.  A person operating a bicycle across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances, . . .

Then I found this in the SDOT Pedestrian Laws -
RCW 46.04.160
"Crosswalk" means the portion of the roadway between the intersection area and a prolongation or connection of the farthest sidewalk line or in the event there are no sidewalks then between the intersection area and a line ten feet therefrom, except as modified by a marked crosswalk.

RCW 46.61.235
(1) The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section "half of the roadway" means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2800 (14,132) miles on the odometer.  Just 200 miles to attain my goal of 3000 for the year (3000 on the Hillborne) and 2 months left to do it.  That will be easy as I roll out 50+ miles a week just riding to work.  Nearly 1500 miles now on the wheels I hand built with no problems.