Emerald City Bike Ride speculation

Cascade Bicycle Club recently announced a new major ride: the Emerald City Bike Ride, which they hinted will be on a state route bikes haven’t been able to use before. Unfortunately, they forgot to make the RideWithGPS route hidden and it was discovered by a commenter on the Seattle Bike Blog.

So, we know it’s going to be on 520. But, which 520? The new bridge is scheduled to open in “spring 2016,” so my money’s on the ride being the first public use of the new bridge before it opens to cars. That would be awesome!

“Protected” bike lane.

Houston bike lane

I was recently in Houston, which  has the worst “protected” bike lane protective devices that I have ever seen. In fact, I think they make the bike lane **more** dangerous than if it were “protected” by paint alone. They won’t do jack to prevent a car from swerving into the lane and I imagine the possibility of a cyclist hitting one and going down is rather high. It would be better to have nothing there at all.

I didn’t do any riding in Houston—too hot and sunny.


Bon voyage, Cheater Bike

Cheater Bike went home with her new owner today. I’m excited for her new adventures, and just a little sad to see her go.

My husband has requested that I not name or personify my bikes anymore. 😀

Red lights

Spinner’s law: mention bicycles, and someone will start complaining about helmets and running red lights within five minutes. I’d like to write about helmets, but today is about red lights.

I have run a red light exactly once, by accident, but I do sometimes treat red lights as a stop sign. I generally have three conditions for doing this:

  • The light takes a ridiculously long time to turn green.
  • There is no traffic.
  • I have clear visibility to confirm the above.

I also cross against the light as a pedestrian in the same circumstances. The basic rule is that I’ve confirmed that it is safe for me to cross right now, and that I know I may not be safe if cars arrive and I have to contend with people turning when the light turns green.

There are a few intersections where I always treat a red as a stop sign when on bike or foot. These intersections have poor, biased light timing during non-peak hours and some have walk signals that don’t work correctly. These intersections are:

  • 17th Ave S and S College St
  • Terry Ave N and Valley St
  • 9th Ave N and Republican St. (Normally; thanks to construction taking over the sidewalk, I obey the light now due to poor visibility).

There are also intersections where I never cross against the light, because traffic is fast and unpredictable. These intersections are anything involving Mercer St, Aurora, Rainier Ave, Nickerson St, and Westlake. Also, most intersections downtown.

I think I’m reasonable, and most of the time my exceptions are for safety just as much as time.


Managed to get my first (that I can remember) bike injury this year. The worst part of it is that I was not even riding my bike at the time! I was walking it down a steep incline, turned onto another steep incline, and then lost a battle with gravity and agility when my bike tipped due to the weight of my pannier on the inside of the curve. Dropping my bike would have not been a big deal, but the pedal ripped up the back of my heel on the way down. I guess my bike needed some blood.

Not my finest moment.