Posts Tagged ‘helmet’

Video of What It Looks Like to Ride Strava.Com’s “Castro Street Bomb” – Was Chris Bucchere Racing Down Castro Street?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Here’s the latest regarding the Castro District’s international news:

Expect Strava to get subpoenaed if this tragic story of reckless cycling and a pedestrian death goes to court.”

And here’s the Strava.Com segment what used to be called the Castro Street Bomb (and then the Castro Street Descent). It’s not too exciting. Rather sedate, actually. But I’m sure if you’re hauling butt to become the latest Strava.Com “KOM” (King of the Mountain) and you may or may not be “Idaho Rolling” through red lights, then it could be very exciting / addicting:

Strava still has lots of downhill “bomb” segments listed about town of course. How about the Hyde Street Bomb or the 20th Street Bomb?

What if I started a Market Street Drag Race website for car drivers? They could make a segment like “Second Street to Sixth Street Drag” or something and people could keep track of their times using the GPS. Would you say that I was encouraging recklessness? Or not?

And here’s part of the Strava Kills” topic at the MTBR.Com forums:

Unfortunately, there is no simple way for the biking community to pass on the message of “we are really sorry for your loss, please don’t judge all bikers. this particular individual is an a-hole, please stick it to him in every way possible”.

Sad thing is, even as this story makes it’s way around the cycling community, there are people that pull the same **** — running reds/stop signs/etc. from SF down to SCruz — that won’t connect this situation with possibilities around their own actions.”

And I’d link you to what they’re saying at the SF Fixed.Com boards but I don’t know how to do that. (It’s a bit contentious over there these days, I understand.)

And this just in:

…nothing is worse than red lights.

CVC 21456: Did Pedestrian Sutchi Hui Have the Right-of-Way When He Walked Onto Castro Street? Possibly Not

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Let’s review:

“The light turned red as I was cruising through the middle of the intersection and then, almost instantly, the southern crosswalk on Market and Castro filled up with people coming from both directions.

So it looks as if cyclist Chris Bucchere didn’t run a red light.

Now, what about the law?

“21456.  Whenever a pedestrian control signal showing the words “WALK” or “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or other approved symbol is in place, the signal shall indicate as follows:

(a) “WALK” or approved “Walking Person” symbol. A pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown….”

What this is saying is that pedestrians in California need to let traffic clear an intersection before walking when the WALK turns on for them.

(Most pedestrians in San Francisco don’t seem to know this….)

Did STRAVA.Com Help Kill Pedestrian Sutchi Hui? Timing Yourself on the “Castro Street Descent” (AKA Castro Street Bomb)

Friday, April 6th, 2012

I don’t know, did Chris Bucchere’s speed going down Castro Street last week have anything to do with STRAVA?

You know, the way it had something to do with a death in Berkeley back in 2009?

You Make The Call:

Do you see the “Castro Street Descent” there? Up until March 29, 2012, that said Castro Street Bomb. Like when you go “bombing” down the street.

Check it:

I don’t know, Strava.

Care to say anything about this?

Michael Horvath 
Co-Founder & CEO
Jordan Kobert 
VP Business Development
Mark Shaw 
VP Engineering
Rachael Parsons 
VP Marketing
Greg Gretsch 
Board Member
Jamie McJunkin 
Board Member
Mark Gainey 
Board Member
Ariel Poler 
Board Member

 

Crazy Hand Signals: Tell Other Motorcycle Riders a Speed Trap is Behind You by Tapping Your Head

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

See how that works? You want to warn your fellow riders that there are cops handing out speeding tickets on Highway 37 (aka Sears Point Road) up there in the Great White North, so all you have to do is to tap your head in an exaggerated fashion when you see others going the opposite way.

Thusly:

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Anyway, that’s one of the codes you can transmit when you’re a cowboy, on a steel horse you ride.

OMG, Those Who Raise $1000 for the Special Olympics Will Get To Rappell Down the Grand Hyatt Union Square July 22-23!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

What’s this? People rappell down the Grand Hyatt Union Square? People do.

Those people who raise enough cash for the Special Olympics Northern California do, anyway.

See?

Via 7×7, comes news of Over The Edge 2011.

This could be you:

If you’re into this, it’s not too late to get in on the fun.

Get cracking!

Can You Spot San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Among These Cyclists on Market Street?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here you go. He was heading from City Hall to District 3 yesterday AM.

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He certainly doesn’t need that Trek electric bike as he typically moves along at a good clip without assistance.

Supervisor David Chiu, your working class dog betwixt an old-time streetcar and the Ferry Building:

Bicycle Trilogy: Euro Tourists Like Bikes, But Not Concomitant Bike Helmets

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

See?

I’m sure that the bike rental place at the foot of Market Street pushed smelly neon-green helmets on this gaggle of northern Europeans heading outbound, but no dice.

Those are the Euros for you. (You could say the same thing about electrified bikes (helmet use required in CA regardless of age) or mopeds or motorcycles or whatnot, right? Where’s the line?)

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For better or worse…

San Francisco has a New Segway Champ – Trench-Coat Helmet Guy Beats Out Ponytail Lawyer Guy

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Dude’s all over town, day and night. He’s got a bike lock and bike lights and he uses his Segway for everything, ranging all over the Ci-tay – Western Addition, the Tenderloin, you name it.

Bumped into him at a DCCC meeting on Golden Gate one time, the one where people were all upset about the rankings of the official Democratic Party endorsements. (Turned out the rankings didn’t matter, but Malia Cohen’s #2 endorsement that night, along with a few other things, is what made her your new District Ten Supe. Anyway…)

Truly, he is the 415′s new Segway Champion of San Francisco:

Now, ponytailed lawyer guy (at least he looks like a lawyer to me) is still Segway Master of Market, so that should be some consolation. Look for him betwixt the Castro and the Financh:

Who will become the next Segway King (or Queen)?

Carry Your Bike Helmet as an Accessory When You Ride Your Bike – That Way It Won’t Muss Your Hair

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

You certainly can say bicycle riding is a la mode these days in the 415, right?

But when fashionable people start hitting the streets, they find that wearing a helmet can become a burden.

So all you can do is just sling the thing over your shoulder with all your other accessories and then ride, ride, ride.

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The Helmet Issue is a toughie for those who want a vast increase in the number of bikes on the Streets of San Francisco. In France, when a casual rider on a rental bike like a Velib gets killed for want of a helmet, people go ces’t la vie.

In America, people go to a lawyer and sue, sue, sue the city. And the county.

Oh well.

Market Street is Overrun by Bicycle-Renting Tourists These Days – “Bike and Roll” Comes to 5 Embarcadero Center

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Is Bike and Roll‘s newish outlet around Embarcadero 5* the source of all those green-helmet** riders seen on Market Street these days?

Could be…

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All right, bounce, rock, skate, roll

*Where the “revolving” restaurants no longer revolve.

**Or smellmet, that works too.