“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#1 Dec 12, 2013
DEAR ABBY: As the education director of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, I work hard to encourage safe and courteous cycling for everyday transportation in Northern California. There are a number of points I would like to address to "Caring Reader, Sacramento, Calif." (Sept. 13).

"Caring" described seeing bicyclists run stop signs, not wear protective gear, texting/talking on cellphones, and suggested a greater enforcement of the law. Rolling through stop signs is, indeed, just as illegal as it is while driving a vehicle, except in Idaho where cyclists may treat stop signs as yields. I encourage all cyclists and drivers to come to a complete stop at signs and signals, even when turning right, and especially when pedestrians are present.

Talking or texting on a cellphone while biking isn't currently illegal in the state of California. I feel that using cellphones while biking is an unsafe practice, and I encourage cyclists (or drivers) to simply pull over before making or taking a call.

Helmets are required gear only for bicyclists under the age of 18 in California. As an adult, I choose to wear one when I'm biking. However, it is not illegal for an adult to bike without a helmet.

You said in your response that people who cycle at night should avoid wearing dark clothes to increase their visibility, but clothes color alone has been shown to have little or no effect on visibility in dark conditions. During low-light times of day like dawn or dusk, wearing bright or fluorescent clothes is a good strategy, but at night bicyclists should rely on lights and reflectors to be seen.

The law in California stipulates that bicyclists must have a white headlight, a red rear reflector and yellow or white reflectors on their wheels or spokes as well as on their pedals, shoes or ankles. However, I also recommend adding to these required items: a red rear light, and additional lights and reflectors at the front, rear and sides of the bike, or on one's clothing or helmet. Highlighting one's silhouette with lights and reflectors, and applying them to moving parts of one's bike or body, will increase visibility substantially after dark.

Abby, thanks for your attention to these issues.-- ROBERT PRINZ, OAKLAND, CALIF.

DEAR MR. PRINZ: You're welcome. And thank you for kindly sharing your expertise with my readers.

DEAR ABBY: Last year, my 40-year-old stepson, "Rod," gave his father a beautiful robe for Christmas. The problem is, we had given the robe to Rod for Christmas several years ago. I didn't say anything at the time, but, of course, I recognized it because I was the one who had bought it for him.

Should I have said anything? Or was I right to have played dumb (which is what I did)?

Rod has "saved" other presents we have given him and regifted them to us years later. This man has a high-paying job and isn't hurting for money. I think what he's doing is insulting. I have suggested not exchanging gifts, but he ignores me. What can I do about this in the future?-- "RECYCLEE" IN THE SOUTH

DEAR "RECYCLEE": Rod may have forgotten that he got the robe from you. As I see it, you have two choices. You can be offended, or you can turn it into a joke. For this Christmas, give him the robe back.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#2 Dec 12, 2013
1 How about you bicycle freaks just stay off the road? Your nothing but a hazard and you contribute no coin to the coffers that pay for the roads anyway.

2 passive agressive manuver, forget playing nice and call him on the carpet.

Since: Jun 09

Saint Petersburg, FL

#3 Dec 13, 2013
LW1: Team RACE!

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#4 Dec 13, 2013
LW1: Thanks for the PSA...

LW2: Stop buying Rod gifts.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#5 Dec 13, 2013
RACE wrote:
1 How about you bicycle freaks just stay off the road? Your nothing but a hazard and you contribute no coin to the coffers that pay for the roads anyway.
Where should they ride then?

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#6 Dec 13, 2013
Parks, nature trails, and if they want urban, then tax them and build them their own road.
I suggest cities re-purpose the old train tracks (almost every city has them) and make them bike paths. That way they can have their own way, and still be made to observe vehicle traffic laws.
squishymama wrote:
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Where should they ride then?
Kuuipo

Marina, CA

#7 Dec 13, 2013
LW1: God help anyone who is riding a bike in Oakland, with or without the proper gear. You forgot to mention the six locks you will need to chain it down when you get to whereever you are going.

LW2: That was awkward. Maybe Rod hates to shop?

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#8 Dec 13, 2013
RACE wrote:
Parks, nature trails, and if they want urban, then tax them and build them their own road.
I suggest cities re-purpose the old train tracks (almost every city has them) and make them bike paths. That way they can have their own way, and still be made to observe vehicle traffic laws.
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Parks and nature trails can't get you everywhere you might want to go. Our office heavily encourages us to ride in if we can, and with an office smack in the middle of the Magnificent Mile, you would be hard pressed to find a way there that is not paved.

The city of Chicago has proposed a "wheel tax" for bicycles, but it did not go over well. I highly doubt that it will ever be implemented.

And the city is also rehabbing an old elevated train line into a bike trail/hiking trail/outdoor art exhibition area. I can't wait until it's done, since we used to party up there when Dickie and I were first going out. A band-mate of his lived next to it and we would climb a really tall ladder to get up to it. Have a bonfire and some beer, it was good times!

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Braidwood, IL

#9 Dec 13, 2013
squishymama wrote:
The city of Chicago has proposed a "wheel tax" for bicycles, but it did not go over well. I highly doubt that it will ever be implemented.
Ha! Give it time! It's cute you think Chicago won't eventually implement any type of "new" tax!

How do you think they're gonna pay for all these new bike trails and refurbishments?

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