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Fellow Bicycle Advocates~
Yesterday, I named "Freaky Friday" 'cuz of several reasons:
> most people, I'd say 80% of the population, work some dead-end 9-5 JOB (just over broke) and long for, cannot wait for, the "weekend".
> Friday's have come to be known as TGIF - "Thank God it's Friday"
> most people finish work, jump in their cars, and push hard to race home, or else to their favourite watering-hole, and lose themselves in drink and/or "emotional-comfort" food
> traffic during the week is pretty intense, yet on Friday's it can become "off da hook"!!
> bumper-to-bumper, irritability, anxiousness, frustration, anger, and "road-rage" become more evident
I love my bicycle and bicycling. It pretty much eliminates all of the above for me. It serves me well as a "stress-buster", a healthy & strong body-builder, and as a "moving meditation" to quiet the mind, relax the heart, and center the breath.
I am so very proud and happy to be part of the bicycling community here in Hawaii, here in Honolulu ~ as well as being a member of the very pro-active MACB - Mayor's Advisory Committee on Bicycling. And to have been part of the movement to get the "King St. Cycle Track" done, overjoys me. Kudos to Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Chris Sayers, Mike Formby.
I ride the Cycle-Track most every day. Yesterday was Friday and I rode the Cycle-Track from downtown to McCully (hung a right and into Waikiki). For whatever reason, the one dynamic, danger, problem, and/or challenge came up for me not just once, nor twice, but five(5) times !!! And that was out of the norm.
The dynamic, as those of you who ride the Cycle-Trac know all too well, is that of the motorist whom is turning left and crossing the Cycle-Track. It happens at the inter-sections: Ward Ave, Piikoi, Kalakaua, Punahou, McCully, as well as other smaller streets and driveways leading into stores (i.e. Times Market et al). The "turn", and anticipation of it, happens as you are blasting down King St. heading Diamond Head, plugging along at a good pace, keeping-up with traffic, noticing the upcoming left-turn, looking to your right noting if there are any cars in that left lane, and if there are, slowing down and hoping to get "eye-contact" with that motorist who is opposite you, to make certain that he or she notices that you are present, and then crossing that intersection with caution.
Yesterday, "Freaky Friday", on 5 separate occasions, that moment presented itself and on all 5 occasions the driver did not look at me. did not see me, and turned left without slowing down, and eyes straight-ahead. Twice, I screeched my brakes to slow down.
We still gotta' ride with our "antennae"-up, with a complete "360-degree awareness", eyes, ears, mind wide opened. Motorists, 80% of motorists, are unconscious, are locked-in to "other things" whilst driving their "killing machines" (i.e. smartPhones, texting, the radio/CD player, children in the back-seat, et al). This seems to be exacerbated on Fridays. Please be careful, be vigilant, take nothing for granted.
Tomorrow, Sunday, we on the newly conceived MACB sub-committee named BTRT - Bike Theft Reduction Team (spear-headed by two new committee members, Soha & Sentwali), are getting together at the "Fresh Cafe", downtown at 3:00. Any of you who wanna' do a drive-by, by all means, join us. Include it in your Sunday afternoon bicycle outing...http://www.freshcafehi.com/#about
*footnote: Chris, Mike, Mayor Caldwell: we really got to get the "makai-mauka" & "mauka-makai" streets hooked-up with "safe" bike-ways, and sooner than later !! It seems to be getting harrier and more dangerous every time I'm riding one of these streets ~ I cannot wait to get to the safety of either my old friend, Young St., or my new friend, King St.
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