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    You do need a car for some things...

    Attempting to carry out an abduction while riding a bicycle did not go well:
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    Sticky: Because it just appeared in a post and isn't...

    Because it just appeared in a post and isn't defined here yet: PBL=Protected Bike Lane.
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    Idiotic crash reporting

    This guy was the son-in-law of a friend of mine, killed out in Ohio:

    http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/20170819/bicyclist-dies-in-crash-north-of-wooster

    Grim sidenote: In addition to the...
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    It got 71 trips a month. That suggests that at...

    It got 71 trips a month. That suggests that at least two White House staffers, probably more, were using it.
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    So what I'm getting from this is that my...

    So what I'm getting from this is that my excessive body weight plus the weight of my overloaded heavy (but unassisted) hybrid is such that I shouldn't be allowed on the trails, either. Good to know.
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    What, I'm not allowed to complain about bike...

    What, I'm not allowed to complain about bike lights on the trails that are too bright/annoyingly flashy/poorly aimed/not used now? How am I supposed to keep these things straight? I know, let's have...
  7. They think things like "an opportunity to get...

    They think things like "an opportunity to get away from the concerns and worries of their lives back at home" are unrelated to doing it "primarily to relive their youth"? It seems to me the part of...
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    If ten years from now, there is so much traffic...

    If ten years from now, there is so much traffic (e-bikes or otherwise) on the CCT that traffic sucks, I will be overjoyed, because it will mean that a whole lot of people are biking rather than...
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    Well, the CCT has a 15 mph speed limit. Enforcing...

    Well, the CCT has a 15 mph speed limit. Enforcing that would be more useful than limiting the class of vehicle.

    I rarely even notice whether a bike has e-assist. I can tell only if I look at the...
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    Because gas powered mopeds are noisy, which is...

    Because gas powered mopeds are noisy, which is one of the things we use MUPs to avoid. And because gas powered mopeds can keep up with traffic, so they don't need MUPs.
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    Seriously, dude? Let's see who uses e-bikes? ...

    Seriously, dude? Let's see who uses e-bikes?

    * Pregnant women.
    * People using box bikes to carry small children.
    * 80-year-olds who can't make it up those steep hills.

    None of these people...
  12. I can see that for lights (blinky or otherwise)....

    I can see that for lights (blinky or otherwise). But for reflectors? They merely reflect back the light shined on them. If your headlight is so bright that the light from it reflected back to you is...
  13. Yeah, I've been foregoing a helmet sometimes, on...

    Yeah, I've been foregoing a helmet sometimes, on the theory that it may actually cause accidents by giving me heat exhaustion.

    But my point here is that an ANSI class 2 reflective vest can be worn...
  14. I have the Proviz one. (I'm happy to be...

    I have the Proviz one. (I'm happy to be obnoxious, if it keeps me alive.) However, it's not really suitable for year-round use. Even with a couple of layers under it, it doesn't really work for...
  15. One more thing to be aware of: Even if you never...

    One more thing to be aware of: Even if you never use more than 300 lumens on your headlight, you may want to get a headlight that is capable of being much brighter, and then just use it on a medium...
  16. I ride the CCT after dark pretty much every night...

    I ride the CCT after dark pretty much every night even now. It's quite safe, even at night. In nice weather, we sometimes get homeless people sleeping on the benches, but a) they are just trying to...
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    I would just note that this regulation is totally...

    I would just note that this regulation is totally ridiculous, as it will actually restrict e-assist bicycles more than it restricts cars or motorcycles. A car or motorcycle can use anything...
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    Maybe I shouldn't bring up the covering your...

    Maybe I shouldn't bring up the covering your headlight thing again, but last night was pretty irksome in that regard. I was biking up the CCT. I had two headlights going:

    * My handlebar mounted...
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    Just a warning on this: Exercising before a blood...

    Just a warning on this: Exercising before a blood donation can give you a false positive on your ALT (a test used to screen for hepatitis). I am now permanently ineligible to donate on that basis,...
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    I suspect that's the only way they could do it....

    I suspect that's the only way they could do it. Nothing in the law forbids a car from passing another car in the same lane -- it's just physically impossible. So saying that a bike is subject to the...
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    One of the problems is that DC can't really make...

    One of the problems is that DC can't really make its tax system more progressive to compensate for measures designed to help cyclists. Unlike every state in the Union, it is prohibited from assessing...
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    Just ran across this...

    Just ran across this, from a personal injury lawyer:While the statement directly refers only to motorcycles, I'm sure the law is equally murky for bicycles.
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    For what it's worth, I figured initially that the...

    For what it's worth, I figured initially that the daily harassment I get (e.g., being told, "Get off the street!" and "Get off the sidewalk!", often by different people on the same trip) was just...
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    Well, I interpret "if you are going to" as...

    Well, I interpret "if you are going to" as meaning that you are allowed to. They wouldn't give you instructions about, "If you are going to run a red light, here is what you should do," for example.
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    Do you have a citation for that? Because the MVA...

    Do you have a citation for that? Because the MVA thing I quoted seems to say the opposite.
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