Sunday, May 20, 2012

In Los Angeles, Drivers and Bicyclists Learn to Coexist - NYTimes.com

If Los Angeles can do it, then there is hope for the rest of us.  Interesting article on the change of mindset over time.  Click title for link.

Just a little update on yours truly and biking.  Since January 2011, I have logged almost 4,000 miles.  For the past 9 months or so, I have committed to do a minimum of 10 miles a day. I incorporate bike riding with daily errands like going to the bank or post office, or simple shopping trips.  Sometimes I take longer rides and sometimes I take some days off.  Most of my various routes take me through Lake Worth and I see familiar faces from time to time as I peddle through neighborhoods.  It's also been fun to have Bill tag along with me most of the time and our first date was a bike ride.  I don't believe in over-analyzing numbers, so I do not know how much weight I have lost through the process, but most people say that they see a difference.  I will find out tomorrow exactly how much I have lost over the past year, since I will find myself going to the doctor's office.

Two Friday's ago (5/11) I noticed what amounted to some discomfort behind my knee cap.  This is after a week of routine riding and thought little of it.  If anything, it felt like I might have hyper-extended my knee at some point - either on or off the bike, I wasn't sure and at the time, I didn't care.  Bill and I planned a ride to Northwood in West Palm Beach the next day - which is well within the limit of some of the longer rides that I take.  We took the trip - you saw the pictures of the house like mine that we stopped by - and got home without incident.  It was almost 20 miles total.  Sunday, we got busy around the house and I thought it was o.k. to take the day off of biking as time quickly got away from us.  We went to the Gay Lake Worth picnic that Commissioner Amoroso and others help organize (btw, a great turnout and tons of good food!)  It wasn't until  Monday that I felt some stiffness below my knee, on the backside of my calf muscle.  This discomfort was enough to prevent my usual daily bike ride.  Tuesday was worse - the day I started with ice to combat the swelling.  Wednesday I upgraded to Tiger Balm and was visibly limping around.  By Thursday morning, it felt like someone had hit me with a baseball bat just below the knee.  That afternoon, I received an acupuncture treatment and since then, the pain has receded, but now I have a lot of remaining stiffness.  Just to make sure everything is o.k., I am going to see my local, regular doctor tomorrow.

I am not looking for a pity-party, but if you haven't seen me around town or on my bike for a week, that is why.  The moral of the story is listen to your body and do not over-do.  And, for this being my first sports injury after the number of miles I have done, I should be pretty thankful.  I hope and expect to be back-in-the-saddle soon.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Wes, hope you are feeling better, yes biking is such a great sport and good for losing weight.

As far as biking and bikes go in the City of Lake Worth, many I have observed do not follow the same rules of the road that cars do. I was always told as a young child and biker that bikes need to follow all the same rules of the road that automobiles follow. I see so many bikers just assuming that the car will stop for them and they do not have to stop at stop signs or they can go the opposite direction on one-way streets, I just see so many careless bikers here in Lake Worth, many just do not follow the rules of the road at all. I ride a bike too, but always try to follow the rules of the road, do you see this? What is the rule for bikers? Why do so many seem to break the laws when driving their bikes, I even see some drunks on bikes too, what is with bikers here in our city? What are the real rules?

Anonymous said...

I too am a bike rider and grew up being taught the road of the road apply to those who ride bikes. I think the worse example of Lake Worth bikers not obeying the rules of the road is when they go the wrong way down a one-way street and think they have the right-away. Not a very smart thing to do especially when some of the intersections are often obstructed by vehicles and the drivers have very limited views. Again, what are the rules of the road for Lake Worth bikers?

AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt said...

Common sense works. I was under the impression that the same rules apply as the ones at sea. The unmotorized vehicle has the right of way as the motorized can maneuver better. Going up or down a one way street that has a bike lane should not matter. Bike lane belongs to the biker. The one rule I am sure of is when passing a bike stay 2-3 feet away, that's difficult on the bridge. Now I will to put my yellow bumper sticker on my vehicle that states this boldly.

Knee Pain said...

So sad about what happen to you. I know God will always be there for you and care you always. Hope everything is fine right now and for the rest of the days to come. God Bless and take care.

Anonymous said...

What about lights on bikes, what is the rule here? Why is it if you are a born American you get a fine or ticket, but if your an immigrant or foreigner, you can ride all over the city without lights on a bike?

Sorry, but I see so many bike violations in this city, they just do not follow the rules of the road they way they should.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 1 and 2 and the unnecessary bike stripping and sharrows has made the situation worse. Now we have bikers biking the wrong way down a one way street not using the bike lane and going in the opposite direction of the bike lane indicator. I get why bikers don't want to bike in the bike lanes, they are right next to parked cars upping the risk of dooring, hence the reason the bike lanes were inappropriate and a waste of resources, but now you have car drivers who are expecting that bikers are in the bike lane and going the proper direction and since they are not it is causing problems.

Anonymous said...

The bike lanes were a waste of money, too, so many bikers still ride all over the sidewalks too, that is a real problem, especially on Lake and Lucurne they almost run you off the sidewalk if you are walking, the bikers are not following the rules in this city, it is a real problem, bikes all over sidewalks, yet there is a bike lane on all of Lucerne, I never understood why they have a bike lane on Lucerne, but not one on Lake Ave.Why?

I find bikers cause a lot of danger in our road ways, not to mentioned when they travel in packs like the bike clubs we have that meet at Golf and Lake weekly.

I think bikers should be following all rules of the roads that cars do and all signs obeying not riding on sidewalks in the city.

Too, lights for all bikers, not just some, the immigrants and illegals need to have lights too, they pose too much of a danger for all of us, especially when they ride their bikes drunk.

Anonymous said...

The problem is AnnaMaria, many bikers are not even using the bike lanes, when they are one way streets, they still ride on the other side regardless of a bike lane being present, it is confusing and dangerous, especially since the road lane space is so narrow now with parking on each side and the bike lane, there is only room for the car, yet a bike tries to ride there too, so then you as a driver have to curve over in the bike lane to not hit the biker, the bikers just are not following the rules of the road.

"AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt said...
Common sense works. I was under the impression that the same rules apply as the ones at sea. The unmotorized vehicle has the right of way as the motorized can maneuver better. Going up or down a one way street that has a bike lane should not matter. Bike lane belongs to the biker. The one rule I am sure of is when passing a bike stay 2-3 feet away, that's difficult on the bridge. Now I will to put my yellow bumper sticker on my vehicle that states this boldly.

Sun May 20, 11:10:00 PM EDT"

Wes Blackman said...

In Florida, riders of bikes must follow all rules that apply to driving of an automobile. They ARE allowed a complete lane of traffic - many aren't aware of this - but still must stay on the right side of the road unless they are turning left, for obvious reasons. There ARE also minimum requirements for front AND rear lighting. These are minimum and amount to a couple of LED lights on the front (white) and rear (red). However, it is your body and your life you are carrying on that bike, so if you are doing any night time biking, don't skimp and get the brightest/flashiest (there are usually different settings) that you can afford. And, get this - they ticket bike riders that don't have one, the other or both! The ticket is $60 per so that pays for the light(s) - think of it that way.

You can also be pulled over by law enforcement and if you are impaired, you can get a DUI on a bike. FYI

Good questions and good information to know.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Wes for all this good info. I hope all the bikers out there are reading you blog and it improves in our city, as it is now in my opinion, we are an unsafe bike community here. Bikers here now, break too many of the rules of the road. Our PBSO should start enforcing more of these laws for bikers too!