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    Another dead roadie

    Crash kills man on bicycle in Southwest Austin | KXAN.com

    Road riding is dangerous. When will folks learn?
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    Damn.

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    It's crazy that Austin has gone from one of the best places to ride a bike to one of the most dangerous in about ten years time.

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    Road riding is dangerous? Its not that bad if you know where and how to ride a bike and riding on 290 is just plain stupid.
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    I have to say that, even as someone who's pretty thick skinned and even mildly anti-PC, I find the title of the thread a bit distasteful. I ride on the road a good bit and if something happened to me, and my kids/family came to Mojo (because they know part of my cycling community is here), I sure would hate for them to find a post about my death with this title.

    I've been cycling for well over 20 yrs now. Road riding has been a part of my riding-life all along. Most everything we do in life has danger and consequences. However, road riding is one thing were the odds (of a fatality or server enjoy) are stacked against us. Like BW Bart said, you have to do your best to mitigate this danger. Most ANYTHING on 290 is 'taking' unnecessary risk, not 'mitigating' it. Every time something like this pops up, I put myself into that situation and think about how/why/what went down. I want to learn from it and when I saw were this person was riding, I thought that it seemed a bit unsafe to me. Then again, just being on a road bike may seem 'unsafe' to people observing me.

    My prayers and thoughts go out to his family.

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    Sorry you found it distasteful. It was not my intent to offend. I don't think the thread title is much different than what a newspaper headline could be. But I DO find the incident very distasteful. This is another example of the bike rider doing what he was suppose to do (he had proper lights, etc) and still being hurt by a motorist. It's sad.
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    I'd bet a bundle of money that there will be no consequential punishment for the driver of the auto. Solo road riding in this town is not safe, especially on any high-traffic roads (like 290). Also, Tip, the thread title is in really poor taste.

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    Man killed in US 290 chain reaction crash identified | KXAN.com

    These were very good friends of my parents and in-laws of a life long friend, they were rear ended on 290 a couple weeks ago stopped at a red light at 9am on a Thursday morning. The man died and his wife was severely injured. Are they idiots too? Should they have learned better? You going to judge them too you fuck?
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    Article said they were heading eastbound at 7 am. That puts the sunrise right in the driver's eyes. It might be the access road by the Tony Burger Center? I would have been on the sidewalk at that point but I don't always follow the rules. This might be a situation where the rider was trying to do the legal thing and avoid sidewalks but it turned tragic. It's impossible to just say don't ride road. There are commuters and folks that don't want to always be driving to the trailhead, but use your head and use a sidewalk if it gets hairy out there.
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    Has the rider not been identified? Nothing has come across my FB feed about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Sorry you found it distasteful. It was not my intent to offend. I don't think the thread title is much different than what a newspaper headline could be. But I DO find the incident very distasteful. This is another example of the bike rider doing what he was suppose to do (he had proper lights, etc) and still being hurt by a motorist. It's sad.
    bullshit. your post appeared to blame the "roadie".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita Handle View Post
    bullshit. your post appeared to blame the "roadie".
    I agree; the "when will folks learn" spewage was so classy.

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    That's a really sketchy part of the service road. The Oak Hillians are full speed jockeying to get onto the left lanes to the highway or veering right to take kids to Patton (or on a Saturday morning, to the soccer fields). Unfortunately Williamson Creek creates a choke point so there are no good back roads to take.

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    I saw the emergency vehicles near the Home Store on the east bound side and they had a HEB tractor-trailer stopped.

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    It happened right in front of the Heart of Texas motel. I've ridden there before several times.

    I'm impressed with how some folks here are so good at knowing what I was thinking when I posted this. (eye roll)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Article said they were heading eastbound at 7 am. That puts the sunrise right in the driver's eyes. It might be the access road by the Tony Burger Center? I would have been on the sidewalk at that point but I don't always follow the rules. This might be a situation where the rider was trying to do the legal thing and avoid sidewalks but it turned tragic. It's impossible to just say don't ride road. There are commuters and folks that don't want to always be driving to the trailhead, but use your head and use a sidewalk if it gets hairy out there.
    Riding on sidewalks is legal in Austin. The only streets where it is not are the Drag, and the central downtown streets.

    https://www.austintexas.gov/faq/can-...cycle-sidewalk
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    It happened right in front of the Heart of Texas motel. I've ridden there before several times.

    I'm impressed with how some folks here are so good at knowing what I was thinking when I posted this. (eye roll)
    It's not that everyone knows what you meant. It's that what you wrote doesn't read like what you meant. I'm sure you're not some evil monster, but it just comes off as a bit crass the way it's written.

    Moving on, this is always terrible news. I'm not going to sit here and judge the rider for being where he was.
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    I meant it's fucking dangerous out there. I meant it makes no sense to have sidewalk along the road, and then have the sidewalk stop, leaving grass where a sidewalk should be. Sure it's easy for me to ride in the grass for the rest of the way, but not for a skinny tire biker. It's like those stupid bike lanes that END as they approach intersections and become car turn lanes. Do traffic engineers think that bikers turn around before they get to the intersections?

    I'm tired of reading about these incidents. They can be prevented. Ask a biker to look at road plans before things get built. How hard is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel Bart View Post
    Road riding is dangerous? Its not that bad if you know where and how to ride a bike and riding on 290 is just plain stupid.
    I remember a similar incident on 183 up by oak knoll. People made similar statements. But he was a guy who (I think) did not own a car. He was doing what he could to make ends meet for his family, riding a bike to work.

    Let's not blame the victim, it does not help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    I meant it's fucking dangerous out there. I meant it makes no sense to have sidewalk along the road, and then have the sidewalk stop, leaving grass where a sidewalk should be. Sure it's easy for me to ride in the grass for the rest of the way, but not for a skinny tire biker. It's like those stupid bike lanes that END as they approach intersections and become car turn lanes. Do traffic engineers think that bikers turn around before they get to the intersections?

    I'm tired of reading about these incidents. They can be prevented. Ask a biker to look at road plans before things get built. How hard is that?
    Yeah, because that's all that needs to be done, to change the plans for new roads.

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