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Old 10-09-2012, 01:53 PM
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Default Ninja Convention - Bike without a light!

it's pretty common on Clinton... it's a low traffic bike street with lighting... there really isn't a need for bike lights... cars are rarely overrunning their headlights... and night-vision is often better than only being able to see a spot in front of you on heavy pedestrian streets like Clinton...

since the combination of the Kathryn Rickson incident and TriMet's "Be Seen Be Safe" message I'm starting to see how much we coddle motorists into thinking it's ok to drive into places where you can't see anything... bike lighting isn't an issue when you hold everybody accountable for those more vulnerable users in front of you...

vehicles shouldn't be going so fast that you can't see somebody in dark clothing in the middle of the street... walking around without lights and reflective gear isn't a crime...

cars: watch where you're driving... you're the low man on the totem and need to use extreme caution when operating that huge machine...

bikes: watch where you're riding... you're moving a little faster than peds so use extra caution... peds are just slow-moving bikes without wheels...

peds: watch where you're walking... don't run into each other... and make sure the road is clear before you step into it...

not seeing something that's there is never a good excuse... I don't care if it's pitch black and everyone is dressed like a ninja with no lights... in such a case you need to be barely moving and using extreme caution...
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