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OMSI gives 2-for-1 for biking

Posted by on April 25th, 2006 at 9:09 am

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OMSI is offering a 2-for-1 or half-price ticket deal for anyone that rides to this Sunday’s showing of “Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France” at their OMNIMAX Dome Theater.

This IMAX movie explores the brainwaves of elite professional cyclists as they push their bodies to the limit. Looks like an interesting movie and it’s great that OMSI is encouraging cyclists to “ride-in”. This special offer is good for the 11am, 1pm, or 3pm showings.

**Note to all you racers and speed demons, remember that the Esplanade is a multi-use path and it will be full of people. Please be careful and make your presence known when you pass.

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**Note to all you racers and speed demons, remember that the Esplanade is a multi-use path and it will be full of people. Please be careful and make your presence known when you pass.

Indeed! I started riding my bike on the Esplanade as soon as I was able to, and was constantly vexed by ambling pedestrians in my way. I’m not a huge speed demon, but I was constantly stymied by people who simply stepped into my path without looking or who stopped suddenly for no reason.

These days, I work on the Hawthorne Bridge, and find myself walking up the pedestrian ramp from the Esplanade. It never fails, no matter what time of day it is, that I almost get mowed down by a cyclist. Being one myself, I try to ‘share the road’, but some of them are hauling, and not once have I received a honk or an “on your left.”

As a walker, a rider, and a driver, I try to be sympathetic to all causes, and I finally got a chance to see first hand what it was like to be on the path when it’s populated by fast-moving bikes. Most people, cyclists included, are out having a good time and being respectful. Some people, though, throw a wrench in the works for everybody.

Announcing your presence goes a long way toward avoiding accidents and keeping attitudes positive. I’d hate for bikes to be limited on the path, and (worse) I’d hate for someone to be hurt. Please remember that multi use paths are for everyone. You don’t have to LIKE it, but you do have to deal with it.

Tim Jackson- Masiguy
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I watched this in Australia while I was there- Masi was a sponsor of the Australian showing of the movie. The movie is actually quite good, just too short. Some of the footage had me squirming in my chair it was so “real”. I love IMax movies!

jami
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sounds fun!

scout, a few bicyclists seem to think they’re always on the freeway, don’t they? they do give pedestrians a bad impression of us bikes, methinks.

josh m
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josh m

eh, i’m just tired of the peds who i say something, they turn around, make eye contact, and then keep walking, not making any room. makes me want to run them down.

Jason
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Jason

I watched this movie a few weeks ago. The footage of the Tour was amazing and worth the price of admission, but the educational part of the movie didn’t fit. I can think of 20 other sports that require a much higher level of brain function. The producer was surely thinking “ok, we have some great eye candy, how can I make it educational….ok, lets fill it with stuff about brain biology.” Definitely not “lets make a movie about the function of the brian in professional cyclists”.
They have been making these movies long enough to have the formula down, but I would have prefered more cycling and less 7th grade science.

Murray
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Murray

I teach high school and I met my Psychology students at OMSI to see the film two weeks ago. Good film, but it would’ve been much better if they had focused the film on its original star, Tyler Hamilton.

The filmakers shifted the focus of the movie after allegations of doping were made against him. Too bad.

As far as walkers and bikers on the Esplanade and the Hawthorne Bridge– take out your headphones and LISTEN UP! When I yell on your left and you don’t move it’s really, really frustrating. Perhaps the loud music in your ears hampers your ability to hear me.

Everyone’s too tuned out to the rest of the world. Lose the headphones and cell phones. Take stock of your surroundings, you might even enjoy it more.

josh m
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josh m

i love the 3abreast moms w/ their strollers that take up the whole trail… those are always good times.

Scout
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Everyone’s too tuned out to the rest of the world. Lose the headphones and cell phones. Take stock of your surroundings, you might even enjoy it more.

i love the 3abreast moms w/ their strollers that take up the whole trail… those are always good times.

Oh yeah. Don’t get me wrong… I , too, still have the urge to scream at people who are just oblivious, and have more than once loudly declared, “MULTI-USE PATH!” as I slowed to pass people who were ambling nonchalantly down the middle of the road. All this, of course, AFTER ringing my bell and announcing my presence.

That’s why I was so amazed at nearly being mowed down as I hugged the edge of the pavement, head up and actively watching for cyclists and the like. I know there aren’t a ton of places for the cyclist to truly open it up, but the East Bank Esplanade is clearly not intended for anything more than a leisurely ride.

Murray
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Murray

Scout,

I couldn’t agree with you more regarding the speed racers on the Esplanade. My point was that some cyclists and pedestrians aren’t aware of their surroundings and the frustration it can cause for other bridge/esplanade users.

I have had a few experiences with cyclists on the Hawthorne Bridge who didn’t budge when I said politely, “Passing on your left!” With one cyclist I had to yell this twice and then pass him on the right. When I finally took action he mumbled, “That’s not my right.” AAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH!! So PLEASE share the road/path/bridge like a responsible citizen.

There, I feel much better now.