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Seven Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists

By: Gini Dietrich | July 3, 2012 | 
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I know this has nothing to do with PR, marketing, or anything digital, but it’s important to me. And, I figured, it’s a holiday in the U.S. tomorrow and Canadians are coming back to work today, so I don’t think you’ll mind.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a pretty avid cyclist. I’m not one of the best, but I definitely can hold my own. I ride nearly every day, no matter if I’m traveling or have the comfort of my fitted Trek Madone 5.2. I got my love of cycling from my dad. I started out running marathons, but didn’t really love it. I had severe asthma when I ran and I had to force myself out there. The I had my knee scoped twice and the doctor politely suggested I find something else to do.

So, eight years ago, I followed my dad, switched sports, got a coach, and started riding. The first time I rode with clipless pedals, I fell over and cut my leg open so badly I should have gotten stitches (big scar there now). But that didn’t deter me! I got right back up and tried again. And that was all she wrote.

It’s been a particularly good riding season this year. Maybe it’s because it was warm enough to be outside in March (unheard of) or because I switched from riding at 5:30 a.m. to noon. It’s a fantastic way to clear your head in the middle of the day and I’m sporting a serious (but ridiculous) cycling tan.

After writing a book last year (cough, Marketing in the Round, cough) and not getting out as much as I like, I’m in racing shape again this year and have fallen back in love with my bike (I would marry it, if I could).

But, as much as I love it, it’s reminded me of what jerks people can be in their cars. Just yesterday, I was in the freaking bike lane and a guy in his SUV, without turning on his signal or giving me any indication he was going to turn right, came into the bike lane to turn, as I was going straight. If it had been three seconds sooner, he would have hit me.

My biggest fear is I will get doored because no one looks in their side mirror before opening the door of their parked car into the bike lane. I have these visions of my riding right into someone’s door and coming off my bike over the hood of the car. It scares the crap out of me.

So, with that in mind, I’ve put together some tips for watching out for cyclists this holiday week:

  • Bikes belong in the bike lane. Cars do not belong there. And bikes are not allowed on sidewalks. Be mindful of that fact.
  • Cyclists, by law, can ride two abreast and it is the courtesy of the car to go around them.
  • Honking your horn at a cyclist is almost as bad as hitting them. Have you ever walked across the street and have the car you’re passing honk their horn? It scares you so badly, you jump. Same thing on a bike, but a cyclist could easily fall off their bike and under your tires.
  • When you come to a four-way stop and have the right of way, freaking drive your car. The cyclist cannot breeze through the sign, but many cars will just sit there waiting to see what he or she will do. If you just sit there, the cyclist is going to take their turn and then you get mad because they didn’t have the right of way. Follow the same rules of the road as if the cyclist were a car.
  • If you are going to cross the bike lane to make a turn, look in your mirrors for cyclists, just like you would another car. And use your signal. It tells us what you’re going to do as much as it does another car.
  • Turning left in front of a cyclist is as dangerous as doing it in front of an oncoming car. Wait the extra three seconds for the cyclist to pass.
  • And, for the love of all things good and great, please, please, please look in your mirrors before opening the door to get out of your car.

I know some of you will say, “But Gini, cyclists don’t follow the rules of the road.” Yes, I know. It kind of makes me nuts to see guys (I’ve never seen a woman cyclist do this) weaving in and out of traffic and going through red lights. I’ll write a blog post for them next.

Some of my cycling friends will have additional tips, which I’ll ask them to leave in the comments below.

In the meantime, be safe. Have a good holiday (no blog post tomorrow!). And watch out for cyclists on the road!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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jasonkonopinski
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, getting used to clipless pedals laid me out once or twice, too. 🙂 
 
My uncle used to race semi-pro all through Europe when he was in his late teens – early twenties. Under the Polish government (communist, at the time), a national team didn’t officially exist – so he was paid to work a clerk job on paper to race. 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski That’s a crazy story! I would love to hear more about that time. 

jasonkonopinski
3 years 10 months ago
 @ginidietrich Oh yeah, he has some stories for sure. He’s my mom’s middle brother and my godfather, so I’ve always had a special relationship with him. He lived with us until I was three before striking out on his own, so to speak.     Growing up in Poland, he talks about using abandoned tanks as playground equipment. The German army literally left bunkers full of uniforms and ammunition behind after WWII.     There were lots of cycling clubs in Poland during those years, so he got started cycling when he was probably ten years old. He doesn’t enter many… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski Jason. You have to get these stories written down and write a book. Or at least record them while he’s telling stories. And write a book. WRITE A BOOK!

jasonkonopinski
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich I am. Slowly. 

jasonkonopinski
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich <in my best “Yes, Aunt Gini” voice>. 

Hughusrdnvw
Hughusrdnvw
3 years 10 months ago
Danny Brown
3 years 10 months ago

You should come to Canada – cyclists are allowed on the sidewalk. Although Toronto motorists are still mostly assholes.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @Danny Brown I don’t want to ride on the sidewalk! I want to ride on the road, where I belong, without motorists trying to run me off the road.

bobledrew
bobledrew
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @Danny Brown Forgot my other giant pet peeve: Harley-Davidson bikes with incredibly loud exhausts and riders who seem to think it’s funny to go past you as closely as possible. Might as well be riding next to a howitzer

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @bobledrew  My friend rustyspeidel told me yesterday a diesel truck rev’d the gas, popped the clutch, and coated all the riders behind him in a thick, black exhaust. Because that’s necessary. 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@michandwalker It’s scary and it makes me angry. I’m pretty sure no one really wants to hit a cyclist

michandwalker
michandwalker
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich True. I’ve had to back to normal pedals, clips too scary downtown

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@michandwalker My first year of riding in the city with clipless pedals, I never clipped in on my left side. 🙂

michandwalker
michandwalker
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich Pretty much what I did last year. Then I fell right in the middle of Kent St #Duh

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@michandwalker LOL! That’s only funny now.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@bdorman264 Yeah!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@DannyBrown Are you being nice this early? I don’t know how to handle that.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich I’m in a good mood. Scary thought. 🙂

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@DannyBrown Are you still in a good mood?

KenMueller
3 years 10 months ago

I try to be a good friend to cyclists on the road, so I’m glad you’ll address the rules for cyclists at some point. Almost killed a guy yesterday who went thru a redlight.
 
I actually nearly lose my life every day as a pedestrian. A constant battle with motorists who don’t understand that it’s the law to stop and yield at crosswalks. I might have to rant about that one at some point.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @KenMueller It truly makes me nuts to see cyclists not obeying the rules of the road. I’m not a saint, by any means, but I never blow through red lights. Why take such a big risk?

KenMueller
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich When I see a cyclist not obeying the rules of the road, I just toss dirty diapers at them. I keep a box full in the car just for that purpose.

bobledrew
bobledrew
3 years 10 months ago

 @KenMueller  @ginidietrich You win the prize for most well-researched and historically-referential comment ever. 
 

KenMueller
3 years 10 months ago

 @bobledrew  @ginidietrich I like to bring all of Gini’s worlds together, in a cross-platform sort of way.

bobledrew
bobledrew
3 years 10 months ago
Actually, @Danny Brown , http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/safety/sidewalk/sidewalk.htm    I’ve either been good or lucky to have had only one incident with a car in my years of riding – a gentleman missed a red light and we collided. At low speed, I just kinda bounced off his driver’s side fender. One lesson: ADRENALINE IS BAD. I jumped up, ready to clock the guy. Not good.    My big annoyance is actually pedestrians who cross streets — especially one-ways without looking first. The relative silence of a bike can mean they don’t have a sound cue to look back. VERY scary, because if they do… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @bobledrew  That adrenaline you speak of hit me the other day when a guy decided he didn’t want me on the road at all and bumped my back tire to get me on to the sidewalk (which he was yelling to me through his open window). I almost clocked the guy.
 
The pedestrians are typically clueless. I love riding the lakefront path here and watching people cross, without looking either way. I always yell, “Heads up” and then they do exactly what you’ve described. Oy.

Danny Brown
3 years 10 months ago

@bobledrew That’s Toronto, mate – we all know how they only care about themselves. 😉

brittanybotti
3 years 10 months ago

Good tips to know @ginidietrich . I live near @ClermontFlorida & we have tons of cycling competitions & triathlons here. It’s become part of our town’s culture, but I still don’t think enough is being done to educate residents on how to share the road with cyclists. 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @brittanybotti  I like to hear there are cities that create cycling cultures. Austin is like that, too. They’re trying here in Chicago, but the cars still outnumber the bikes. Which won’t really change because it’s so darn cold here in the winter. 🙁

polleydan
polleydan
3 years 10 months ago

Another tip (at least in Wisconsin): If you pass a cyclist, the law says you must give three feet of clearance between your car and their bike.I was nearly struck a couple of years ago by a large furniture truck that neglected to do this. I was riding on a two-lane country road with no shoulder.Also, thanks for writing this.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @polleydan It’s super scary when cars and trucks fly past you with no room. That happens often. Why is this so hard? I can’t believe anyone really wants to hit a cyclist.

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich @polleydan Out in the country where I live, I actually believe some of those jerks do you want to hit cyclists. aCS is a total nuisance enjoy harassing us. from the safety of their pickup truck.

motownmutt
motownmutt
3 years 10 months ago

ah, the beeping horn one! I *hate* that. “@DannyBrown “@SpinSucks Seven Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists http://t.co/1XjIhSvA

DannyBrown
DannyBrown
3 years 10 months ago

@motownmutt @SpinSucks It scares the bejeezus out of me and I have both feet planted firmly on the ground!

motownmutt
motownmutt
3 years 10 months ago

@DannyBrown @SpinSucks I’ve watched one nearly get t-boned from both directions when trying to wave me thru instead of just obeying signage.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown
3 years 10 months ago

@motownmutt Wow, that’s crazy. I recall the UK main cities always having issues with bikers too. Mad

motownmutt
motownmutt
3 years 10 months ago

@DannyBrown when I tow my kayak on the dolly, I always get at least one car that ignores traffic rules and waves me thru. It’s dangerous.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown
3 years 10 months ago

@motownmutt I just love that saying – “tow my kayak on the dolly” 🙂

motownmutt
motownmutt
3 years 10 months ago

@DannyBrown it does draw a lot of attention.

KenMueller
3 years 10 months ago

Oh, and my other incident yesterday was being caught behind a cyclist, riding down the middle of the lane at a rather slow speed. We’re talking a serious cyclist with the nice bike and all the gear. There was clearly room for him to move over (not sure if there was a bike lane), but I couldn’t get around him, and it was slowing traffic. Is he required to move over?

polleydan
polleydan
3 years 10 months ago

 @KenMueller At least in my state, the law is cyclists have to ride as far to the right as they feel safe. Sometimes there’s potholes, broken glass or other hazards to the far right of the road, and I ride a little bit to the left to avoid those.

KenMueller
3 years 10 months ago

 @polleydan I can fully understand that. I just wish cops would enforce these laws on both sides, and with pedestrians. But they never seem to until it’s too late. 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @KenMueller  @polleydan I rode in the middle of the road the other day because the guy I mention below to Bob was being such a jerk and trying to run me into parked cars, that I got pissed and wouldn’t move for several blocks. Clearly not the best idea, in retrospect, but that adrenaline was really pumping.

polleydan
polleydan
3 years 10 months ago

 @KenMueller Completely agree. Too many people (drivers, cyclists, pedestrians) have bad behavior because it’s reinforced by police letting that behavior slide.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @KenMueller Yes, if he’s impeding the flow of traffic, he must move over.

bobledrew
bobledrew
3 years 10 months ago

 @KenMueller Laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Had I been in your position, I might have waited, then given a polite beep of the horn to let him know you were comin’ round (when safe). 
 

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel
3 years 10 months ago

@KenMueller Nine times out of 10 we can’t hear you. The wind is in our years and we can’t hear any cars thanks.

KenMueller
3 years 10 months ago

 @rustyspeidel   I can appreciate that, and I was the car right behind him. Didn’t honk. And this was on a road that is a major road in our area, so there is never a time where there isn’t a lot of traffic. This wasn’t a back country road, and we were only going 15 mph. No way he couldn’t have known there were cars behind him.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 10 months ago

Oh – I just thought of a tip that you let slip by! Ride with, run against (the flow of traffic). 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski That’s a tip for cyclists…not for motorists. Silly.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich Details, details. Pbthhhh. 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski I seriously think you need to write this book. Start a blog and do it one post at a time. LISTEN TO ME!

jasonkonopinski
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich Pay attention. I said I’m working on it. 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski I want to see it!

jasonkonopinski
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich It’s a giant mess of audio files right now. 
 

jeffespo
3 years 10 months ago

As someone who got doored and run over, I can say that I agree with all of these tips lady. One of my bigger peeves/wants from drivers was to not tailgate someone on a bike. It has happened to me on numerous occasions and there is nothing worse than feeling the heat of a car on your back. Too many motorists think hey the cyclist should just speed up like I do, As you know our legs are not gas powered. 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @jeffespo I really believe everyone should have to ride a bike, on the road, once in the life…before they’re allowed a driver’s license. People who behave this way have never gotten on a bike.

jeffespo
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich well there are always going to be assholes and have seen folks who cycle do the same while driving.I get pissed when I see other folks not obeying traffic laws. 

Clintonig9zbi
Clintonig9zbi
3 years 10 months ago

@HeidiEKMassey http://t.co/RwghZj01

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel
3 years 10 months ago
I guess I don’t understand why it has to be a battle at all. Why is everyone in such a freaking hurry? A really strong cyclist might be able to go 28 miles an hour on a flat road for a little while. a car can do that all day long. so when you see your bike, take your time go around him when it’s safe and remain call! All the danger occurs when people don’t know what the other is doing. we try to remain is consistent and our behavior as possible so motorists know what to expect. but… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @rustyspeidel I’m with you – I don’t understand why cars try to push you off the road. I once had a cop do it! I was astounded. I know I say this a lot, but I really can’t believe anyone wants to hurt a cyclist. And, like you said, some of us can ride the speed limit so what’s the big freaking deal?

fredmcclimans
3 years 10 months ago
Nice list – I too made the shift to biking after too much stress on my knee (hockey) and a desire to get into triathlons. I’ve backed off a great bit, but appreciate your tips. In DC we have a great path from the city to the country (along the old W&OD rail line) and I can’t tell you how much confusion there is at such intersections (pedestrians, joggers, cyclists, etc. all must stop on the path, while motorists should “be aware” but continue w/o stopping).   So, my tips to pass along?   When passing a cyclist (this goes… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @fredmcclimans You know what, Fred? That’s a great idea! I will definitely do that. Hopefully, between all of us, we can raise awareness.

fredmcclimans
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich
 You can now embed the List.ly directly into your blog post – very cool – through the wordpress plugin.

jfouts
jfouts
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich the 4 way stop one just makes me nuts too!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@jfouts Doesn’t it? Just drive your car already!

jfouts
jfouts
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich exaaactly! And then don’t get mad at me when I obey the traffic laws…sheesh

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@jfouts I just had a guy do a U-turn and not look before he came into my lane. I waved to him and he flipped me off

jfouts
jfouts
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich It’s amazing how agro they get when they’re in the wrong. NOT That there aren’t idiots on bikes too.

Semonz8brnl
Semonz8brnl
3 years 10 months ago

@thinkpictures http://t.co/qSACYeyT

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey
3 years 10 months ago
Give ’em hell @ginidietrich    I just went carless as of July 1st. And have been doing a lot of biking even before then. Just a few weeks ago, a taxi pulled over right in front of me and the passenger opened the passenger side back door. I had no time to stop. I don’t remember exactly what I hit-I think I squeaked by and sort of nicked the parked car and the taxi. My chain came off of my bike and I was shaken up a bit. But in all honesty, I wouldn’t have looked before opening the door… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @HeidiMassey I didn’t know that happened to you! Super scary. I’m pretty sure, unless you ride your bike, you don’t even think about these things. I mean, a car will just go around the taxi. I’m glad you’re OK…I don’t want my Heidi hurt!

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich Awwww, thanks Gini! It wasn’t a huge deal, but it did make me stop and think and become a little more defensive on the road when biking.

KarenARocks
3 years 10 months ago

1.) I ADORE your bike. I just got a Cannondale Synapse and I am smitten. B.) Come ride with me in the country – we have nice country roads that are five minutes from my house.  And 3.) Totally agree with the stop sign tango. As a driver as well, I understand the little dance that happens but it does piss me off. Happy 4th to you!

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @KarenARocks You’ll soon want to marry your bike, too!

Carl_PR
Carl_PR
3 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the post on cyclists Gini. As one of the other type of cyclists . . . please look out for motorcyclists too. We’re bigger (generally) but equally invisible to those who are not looking for us . . . and we’re in the lane with you and your car, van SUV, RV (scary), box truck, semi, etc.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @Carl_PR YES! Totally agree!

JLipschultz
JLipschultz
3 years 10 months ago

If you are passing fast cyclists like @ginidietrich and use the oncoming traffic lane to safely maneuver around, please realize it may take longer to pass than you are used to.  Misjudging this can lead to a panic situation where you need to get back into your “shared” lane to avoid an oncoming car (perhaps coming up the other side of a hill).  Getting back into the lane, while the cyclist is not yet cleared, can be a disaster.

polleydan
polleydan
3 years 10 months ago

 @JLipschultz  Excellent point. I don’t see this happen too often, but it can be very scary when it does. 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @JLipschultz Woo hoo! I thought I might see you for this post. YAY!

JLipschultz
JLipschultz
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich
 Good to see you’re hitting it hard this year.  2011 was a bit of a recovery year for me mileage-wise.  Hitting it hard this year.  Got back on DM for motivation–helped considerably.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @JLipschultz I’ll bet 2011 was a bit of a recovery year! You did ride across the country, after all.

JLipschultz
JLipschultz
3 years 10 months ago

Took me so long to fix my livefyre account, a new post popped up that I didn’t read until after posting.  Same topic–sorry.

ShellyKramer
ShellyKramer
3 years 10 months ago
A topic close to my own heart, Gin. @katherinemeyer was on her bike on her way to an event this past weekend and was doing all the right things ….. and got hit by a car. And as much as the sounds of those words scare a cyclist, imagine what they do to your mother! The short version – Kat was fine. Scared but fine. As was her bike. But the driver? Not only did she not even get out of the car, she didn’t even roll down her window. She spoke to Kat through the window, asked “Are you okay?”… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @ShellyKramer OMG! I didn’t know she’d had an accident. I would have beat that woman to a bloody pulp. She’s lucky I wasn’t with Kat. Your advice is the same Mr. D gives me all the time. I keep my phone in my back pocket so it’s hard to get out while you’re riding, but I need to make it a priority. Especially for jerks in green mini-vans.
 
And yes, cyclists need to obey the rules of the road, too.

allenmireles
3 years 10 months ago

 @ShellyKramer I had no idea Kat had been hit. I’m so glad she wasn’t hurt. Yikes.

ErinBrumleve
ErinBrumleve
3 years 10 months ago
Excellent post, Gini.   Just yesterday I went to a memorial service for a friend who was killed after being struck be a van while in the cross walk. I had ran with him not more than 20 minutes before as it was during our a training run for our marathon group a few weeks ago. He had got caught in the middle of the crosswalk on a short light, one driver waved him ahead while the second driver (who was behind the first and couldn’t see what was happening) pulled around and hit him.  He was 60 years old… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @ErinBrumleve THAT is a great tip! It happens all the time – a car will stop to let another one in, but doesn’t see you. It’s awful what happened to your friend. That hurts my heart. 

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
3 years 10 months ago
@ginidietrich @ErinBrumleve Sorry to hear about your friend Erin. That is so sad. Drivers really just don’t care is what I’ve come to conclude. We are taught to drive defensivly because people are idiots and do not pay attention so you as a driver need to be on the lookout. I try to run defensivly. I try to avoid even being in a position to be near cars when possible when I run. I’ve even ditched running with headphones so I can hear (which totally sucks I might add). If I know I’m going to be near traffic, I tend… Read more »
ErinBrumleve
ErinBrumleve
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich Thanks Gini. Hurts my heart too. 

magriebler
magriebler
3 years 10 months ago

Here’s what I’ve tried to do in conversations with drivers who complain about cyclists. I encourage a shift in perspective. Be grateful to that bike rider next to you for reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and even health care costs. We all benefit from safer roads for cyclists, whether or not we ever climb aboard a bike ourselves. I get a fair share of mocking (of course) … but I’ve also enjoyed some rather thoughtful chats about alternative transportation.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @magriebler I get the mocking, too. My favorite comment of all time? “Cyclists don’t pay road taxes.” Whaaaaat? I guess I get to choose which taxes I pay and which I don’t. Who knew?

rainbowclaire
rainbowclaire
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich I’m a firm believer that Twitter doesn’t always have to have a business hat on. Good for you. 🙂

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@rainbowclaire The only point is to be social, right??

rainbowclaire
rainbowclaire
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich exactly! Although I’m not saying we should share EVERYTHING, some things should stay offline!

Lindsay
Lindsay
3 years 10 months ago

Great post! I’m sporting a pretty great cycling tan, too. I prefer midday rides, but it’s been so hot in Colorado that I had to switch my schedule to do early mornings when it isn’t 100 degrees yet. I’m trying to get in the miles and climbing before I tackle my hardest ride ever in less than 2 weeks. The Triple Bypass is 122 miles and over 10,000 feet of climbing! 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @Lindsay OMG! I’ve always wanted to do that race. AND I want to do Ride the Rockies. So badly. I did Elephant Rock two years ago and LOVED it!

JLipschultz
JLipschultz
3 years 10 months ago

 @Lindsay I will “see” you there Lindsay.  Me and my buds from TX and OK are coming up for it. Good luck.
 

Robb_Wexler
Robb_Wexler
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich Our lives are not all PR and Marketing. (I will never admit that in court) To quote Queen..”I want to ride my bicycle!”

Lisa Gerber
3 years 10 months ago
When I first got my clipless pedals they were too tight and I have a friend who laughs at me to this day. We came up to a stop light in downtown Seattle and I did this super slo-mo fall to the right onto the curb in front of pedestrians and lanes of stopped traffic. He laughed and laughed. It was quite spectacular, really.    I have an additional tip. IT”S OK TO PASS US. holy cow – we don’t want you riding on our butts – go around us for crying out loud, we’re hugging the shoulder waiting for… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber I would have laughed my butt off too. I’d still be laughing about it! #fukudome

polleydan
polleydan
3 years 10 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber I did the same thing last year when I switched to clipless pedals. I came across a march of sorts in my downtown area. I paid more attention to that and forgot to clip out and ended in a slo-mo fall to the ground. Pretty sure I got some interesting looks from those involved in the march as well as police officers standing nearby. 

JLipschultz
JLipschultz
3 years 10 months ago
Just got back from a ride and drank my chocolate milk.  Not even showered I shared four more I learned from the ride: 1 –  Riders often have a shoulder of 8-12 inches to work with.  There are times that they will have to move all the way to their left (putting their elbow ever so close to your side view mirror).  With this in mind, there is never a good time to be a dork and “buzz by them” by moving close to the shoulder.  2 – Don’t race cyclists to the stop side to be in front of… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @JLipschultz Amen, amen, amen, and amen.

allenmireles
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich Good list and important post, Gini. As someone who was once hit by a car, and survived to talk about it, I get a little itchy about drivers practicing safe and courteous behavior in traffic–to everyone. Other drivers of cars, bikers and pedestrians. Grrr…. 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @allenmireles I keep saying I think everyone should have to ride a bike, in the road, before they can renew their driver’s licenses. Perhaps that would take care of some of this stuff.

annedreshfield
3 years 10 months ago

Great post, Gini! My cousins are serious cyclists and one of them has been pretty badly hit by a car that swerved into the bike lane to make a right turn. Thankfully, he’s okay (he now runs his own shop: http://www.crankysonline.com/), but it really shows you that even seasoned cyclists can be hurt by disrespectful drivers. It can be scary out there! 

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @annedreshfield You have to be super defensive. I’m pretty experienced and I get angry and scared at least once every time I ride (six times a week). Motorists think they own the road. Turns out, they don’t.

TheJackB
3 years 10 months ago
So you are saying that is not cool for me to stick a broom in your spokes, squirt oil from my car a la James Bond or throw dirty diapers at cyclists.    Damn, you people take all the fun out of driving.   What I don’t understand are the cyclists who decide that because some people have been jerks they are going to try to make life harder on drivers. It is moronic behavior because if for some reason I accidentally hit you I am not the one who might die.   I have seen it happen a million… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @TheJackB You shouldn’t ride in the middle of the road. You should always ride on the shoulder or in the bike lane. Cyclists who do that are being jerks…like I was last week with a guy in a green minivan who kept pushing me out of the bike lane so I decided to ride in the middle of the lane so he’d stop squeezing me.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@karenaltes I freaking hate people. Why must they do that to cyclists?

karenaltes
karenaltes
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich I yelled, literally hit the side of the parked car, the driver saw me and just drove off. *shakes head*

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@karenaltes I would have beat the driver to a bloody pulp.

karenaltes
karenaltes
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich I memorized his license plate and tweeted about it. That’s my equivalent of a beating, I guess. Hah. 🙂

Roslynfznevpn9
Roslynfznevpn9
3 years 10 months ago
ChrisThilk
ChrisThilk
3 years 10 months ago

@DougH @spinsucks @ginidietrich 7? How many more do you need after “Hit as many as you can?”

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@ChrisThilk Ba da dum

DougH
DougH
3 years 10 months ago

@ChrisThilk You just earned yourself a lifetime subscription to “Haslam spandex photo of the month”cc: @ginidietrich

DougH
DougH
3 years 10 months ago

@ImTheQ I thought hashtags were over or something ;P #ATX #AUSTIN

ImTheQ
ImTheQ
3 years 10 months ago

@DougH You thought wrong.

dough
3 years 10 months ago

My main thing, is ride with confidence. You belong on the road, and as long as you follow the rules- and in addition, make sure cars around you know what you are doing or about to do at all times- you will be fine. 
 
Promise

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @dough And be on the defensive. Don’t assume drivers are going to follow the rules of the road.

timfrick
3 years 10 months ago

Great post, Gini! We could use some tips like this on the Climate Ride blog if you’re ever interested in sharing to another site (I know, I’m shameless that way). I just got a Madone 5.2 myself a couple weeks ago and am really enjoying it so far. Let me know if you want to go for a ride sometime! And thanks for the great tips.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @timfrick I would love to repost it! I could revise it based on some of the tips in the comments, too.

timfrick
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich @timfrick That would be awesome. Shall we converse about the details via email or phone?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@selahb Right?!?

cloudspark
cloudspark
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich are you watching the #tdf – any favs?

Hajra
3 years 10 months ago
I was into cycling when I was a kid. And my dad made sure I indulged in the love of it. And one evening, I was cycling with my friends and a guy who thought the road was meant for him, honked his car too loud and flashed his lights. It scared me and I fell off, not only suffering a terrible scar but also a fear of cycling (I was around 9). But then, as I grew up I got rid of the fear.  So, yes, this comes as a great reminder… hope people remember and don’t honk a… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @Hajra  It’s really scary when a motorist honks at you! You’re not expecting it and it will make you lose your balance. I don’t think they get that.

LauraScholz
LauraScholz
3 years 10 months ago
OMG, seriously. Same for runners, too. NO ONE–and I mean NO ONE–in Atlanta stops or even looks turning right. Red light, stop sign, cross walk–doesn’t matter. You’d best wait for the intersection to clear or make sure you have made eye contact with the driver (and that there’s not anyone behind him/her) and the go-ahead before crossing. Forget crosswalks in this town. When they exist, people just plow through them at 60 mph. And it’s bad enough drivers do it to me (I’m healthy and can sprint across), but when they nearly run down a 80 year old lady carrying… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @LauraScholz When I started riding, I read an article that said, “ALWAYS make sure you make eye contact with the driver.” I’ve always remembered that.

dough
3 years 10 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @LauraScholz Had an interesting experience in Paris– the bike tours through the city go right through the streets to the landmarks and monuments. We rode in the streets (no helmets- yeah, I know). 
 
The best advice from one tour guide was using the “Palm of Power” – making sure the driver sees you as you are going through an intersection or (gulp) traffic circle.
 
I kept screwing up and calling it the “Palm of Death”

StaceyHood
StaceyHood
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich YOU read it!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@StaceyHood YOU read it!

StaceyHood
StaceyHood
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich I did!! Gawsh!!

mavindigital
mavindigital
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich happy 4th!!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

@mavindigital to you too!!

bdorman264
3 years 10 months ago

So, does it get crowded in bed with the 3 of you? 
 
Bikes are like motorcycles in that sometimes they are not easy to spot and car drivers think they are a nuisance anyway and don’t respect the rider; you definitely have to be on the defensive. With ‘go fast’ riders like you, sometimes you don’t have the luxury of taking evasive action.
 
My friend did not fare so well; he’s paralyzed with limited use of his right arm and he lost his right eye.
 
Be careful out there……..

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @bdorman264 Mr. D doesn’t get to sleep with us. Duh.I had forgotten to ask about your friend. That makes me sad. 🙁

cophotog
cophotog
3 years 10 months ago

@RickCaffeinated thank you much!

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 10 months ago

Don’t ride in Toronto then. Our AssHat mayor decided to eliminate some bike lanes so all the commuters could further clog the roads and make it easier for them to drive their gas-guzzling SUV’s around the core. Sheesh…..I used  to ride around the city a lot. Now, I ride the transit line and cringe every time a cyclist gets clipped here. Happens a lot.
 
Enjoy your day off. Hope it’s a lovely day.

ginidietrich
3 years 10 months ago

 @rdopping That’s pretty much what dannybrown said. Good to know!

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich @dannybrown Great minds, ya know? Or just a couple of guys who see the same cap every day. See you in a few weeks. I have the gang lined up…

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