Friday, October 23, 2015

Another game of Frogger

I've written about the Oak Leaf Trail crossing on HWY 100 just south of Howard.  It feels like a game of Frogger trying to get across the street there.  

I went back out a few weeks ago with my cameras rolling to see how many cars, if any, would yield as state law requires.  The results weren't good.  In about 10 minutes of crossing, 227 cars failed to yield while I was in the marked crosswalk.  4 yielded, but one of those was basically forced to either yield or hit me.

I read this today,
and decided to try again.

The results were about the same.
In about 10 minutes 202 vehicles failed to yield and only 3 yielded with two of those basically being forced to yield.
Among the vehicles who failed to yield were a Milwaukee County Transit bus, and many marked commercial trucks including a FedEx truck.  Many vehicles actually had to change lanes to avoid hitting me as I started to cross in the hopes that cars in the middle lane would yield to a pedestrian actually in the roadway, I was generally wrong.
This video is from today.  I had to speed it up to make it short enough to upload on blogger, but you get the idea.
I've decided to try contacting the local police again.  I'll let you know what if anything they say.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Entitled and Clueless?

Ran into a couple women on the bike trail in the last few rides who don't seem to understand the concept of two way traffic.

The first one just seemed clueless as she rode on the the wrong side of the two way trail.  Annoying but since I was as always, riding defensively it wasn't a huge danger.

Then two women walking their dog had a comment for me as I went by.  The pass was uneventful so her comment surprised me.  I decided to go back to see what she said.
For the record when I first saw the women I was going about 18 mph and when I actually passed them I was going 15 mph at the most.  Not much faster than a runner in a sprint.

I especially liked her last comment telling me I should work out at a gym, maybe she shouldn't walk on a bike trail if she's worried about bikers passing her.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Another Red Light Runner

This didn't happen while I was on my bike but it's another of the many traffic incidents that drive me crazy.
So I'm in the right lane and there's a car waiting to turn left in the left lane.  The light turns yellow so I stop, easily.  The left turning car waits until the light is red and completes his turn.  Then a full second after the light has turned red the guy behind me pulls around me and goes through the intersection.  Never a cop around when you need one.  If the van waiting to turn left on the other side of the intersection wasn't paying attention there likely would have been a major accident.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Six Times on One Ride

Six times in a one  hour ride, people passed me by going into oncoming traffic.  Each time they caused the oncoming driver to take some type of evasive action, either slowing, (sometimes almost to a stop) or moving off the road onto the shoulder.
I guess since they all gave me plenty of room they aren't necessarily anti bike, just anti anyone else on the road who might slow them down in the least.
Some were more egregious than others but all endangered not just the offending drivers but everyone else on the road.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Three Times in Less Than a Mile

First it was a guy in a minivan who waved his middle finger at me after he swerved in front of me. Then there was the elderly couple in the VW who at the next stop light kept laughing at me and telling me to get on the (non-existent) bike path, then there was the monster truck that honked at me as he buzzed by.

Police have been contacted, I'll update when I hear back.

Then today this guy decides to farmer blow on a busy bike path without looking behind him first.
Thanks for that.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

38 Lawbreakers

In the span of just under a minute we waited for 38 lawbreakers.  I say we, meaning my wife and I trying to cross one half of 108th St., and the jogger waiting to cross the other side. Granted they didn't commit any misdemeanors or felonies, but they disregarded a law meant to insure the safety of pedestrians.  They did so seemingly without a second thought. Perhaps they don't understand the law. I'll put it in simple terms, when someone is waiting to cross at ANY crosswalk especially a marked pedestrian crossing, you must stop if you are able.

I've called the police department who has jurisdiction over this crossing and asked them for extra enforcement, even offering to pay for overtime if necessary.  I was told by the officer, he would talk to his superior officer and someone would get back to me.  That was weeks ago.  No one has ever called me back and the problem continues.   

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Trifecta

Had the trifecta today, close pass, passing into oncoming traffic and ignorant comments.  For a bonus the passenger yelled something at me as they passed.
Past the next stoplight the woman driving (388 HJB), told me I should be on the "bike path".  For the record there's not a bike path anywhere near this road.