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    I had a similar incident on the northbound MVT a few weeks ago. Was going to pass a pedestrian at around 17mph, saw the roadie behind me, put my hand out to let him know I was passing, and the roadie accelerates and passes both of us as we are all three together. I told him that wasn’t cool and then he slowed down and told me, “People like you think you own the trail.” Then he explained to me how much faster he was than me and challenged me to a race to prove it. I declined.

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    Default My Tukwila-Seattle Morning Commute

    I just finished my video on my morning bike commute here in Seattle! After getting a job in November and learning that they had a bike cage in the building, I was able to eventually figure out a nice route for biking the 13.5 miles from my apartment in Tukwila to my building in downtown Seattle. Haha, this video shows the route I use now, and I have not gotten a single flat while taking this route.

    I had wanted to make a video of my commute, but I couldn't figure out how best to show it until I started reviewing the footage I had collected over commutes during November, December, and January. There was such variety in the sky, daylight, weather, and more that it would be cool to show the changes between each on the same stretches.

    This is the morning bike commute I make every Monday/Wednesday/Friday (I take the light rail on Tuesday/Thursday). Enjoy!


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    How cool! I am just starting to mess around with my own videos, beyond just speeding them up. In terms of bicycle friendliness, what do you think of that Washington versus this one? I am headed out there in June for vacation and wanted to scout things out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtowner View Post
    I had a similar incident on the northbound MVT a few weeks ago. Was going to pass a pedestrian at around 17mph, saw the roadie behind me, put my hand out to let him know I was passing, and the roadie accelerates and passes both of us as we are all three together. I told him that wasn’t cool and then he slowed down and told me, “People like you think you own the trail.” Then he explained to me how much faster he was than me and challenged me to a race to prove it. I declined.
    I almost knocked someone off this morning who did something similar. Mondays...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    I had wanted to make a video of my commute, but I couldn't figure out how best to show it until I started reviewing the footage I had collected over commutes during November, December, and January. There was such variety in the sky, daylight, weather, and more that it would be cool to show the changes between each on the same stretches.
    This is the best. The collage concept is totally great. I loved it. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zack View Post
    In terms of bicycle friendliness, what do you think of that Washington versus this one?
    The word that comes to mind when I think of biking in the Seattle area versus DC area is: rugged.

    Think of it as there being a 3 tier system of bike friendliness ranked from 1 (best) to 3 (worst). For Tier 1, there are just as many bike trails, routes, lanes, infrastructure, etc. in the Seattle area as there are in the DC area, although I'd say that Seattle's infrastructure is a bit more bike friendly in each and every aspect (e.g., planters/concrete curbs so cars don't park/drive in cycle tracks). For Tier 3, there are just as many bike unfriendly areas where it is much more challenging to ride in both areas.

    The big difference is in that Tier 2 area, the routes that are fine for confident, experienced cyclists but are not fine for newer, less-confident cyclists. The Seattle area is far more rugged in these areas with steeper, longer hills, and there is usually a higher likelihood of some amount of precipitation. Living here and dealing with these challenges has left me feeling like a stronger, more rugged rider.

    I hope this explanation makes sense.

    P.S. - I know of and am currently in the process of creating routes for exploring the area, so hit me up if you need a route/tour guide

    P.P.S. - ...or you can just watch my videos

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    Sun, o glorious sun! Where have you been? It has been so long that I forgot that you cause the temperature to rise. Yes, 10 deg from when I left home until I got to the office. I was too cold to start and much too warm at the end of my commute. However, I am glad you are back.

    Wondrous ride, albeit warm at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    I just finished my video on my morning bike commute here in Seattle! After getting a job in November and learning that they had a bike cage in the building, I was able to eventually figure out a nice route for biking the 13.5 miles from my apartment in Tukwila to my building in downtown Seattle. Haha, this video shows the route I use now, and I have not gotten a single flat while taking this route.

    I had wanted to make a video of my commute, but I couldn't figure out how best to show it until I started reviewing the footage I had collected over commutes during November, December, and January. There was such variety in the sky, daylight, weather, and more that it would be cool to show the changes between each on the same stretches.

    This is the morning bike commute I make every Monday/Wednesday/Friday (I take the light rail on Tuesday/Thursday). Enjoy!
    Wow! How long is the actual commute - it seems quite long. And the weather has been unpleasant a lot. And so much on your tier 3 and maybe 2. I think I could shave 2-3miles off my commute if I was willing to put up with some of that (and the honking/close passes) rather than stick to trails. I am impressed. Keep it up and keep safe!
    Last edited by DrP; 03-09-2018 at 08:38 AM. Reason: Attempting to make that a an actual quote

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    Daylight saving time starts this weekend and this means losing one hour of sleep, and starting one hour earlier. Here are sunrise/sunset times for Friday and Monday:

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    Friday March  8: Sunrise: 6:28 AM, Sunset: 6:09 PM
    Monday March 11: Sunrise: 7:25 AM, Sunset: 7:11 PM
    Full list of sunrise/sunset times can be found here(scroll down below the graph):

    https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/washington-dc

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    I am so NOT looking forward to biking to work in the dark again. For some reason biking home in the dark seems okay, like it is prepping me to sleep or something.

    So would removing daylights savings time entirely or at least shortening it back to where it used to be likely to be more controversial or less than all the other things that congress is not passing now?

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