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Re: “Road Wars: The Bike vs. Car Question Continues

David and Bodecia, you both are right. Cars are to pass only when it is clear. Lately I have noted that cars squeeze by the cyclist and another car, just to save 3 seconds. I find this incredibly frustrating! And I have also noticed these darkwads riding around barely seen. Visibility will at least increase our chances of survival out there. I imagine there should actually be a standardized bike light set up for high vis...no more of these cheap little lights that no one can see.

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Posted by ellebrady on 02/08/2012 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Tired of High Gas Prices? Trade Your Car for a Bike at Tour de Fat

Big Dummy, How did I fail miserably? Please check the rules of the car trade on New Belgium's website here: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-f…. I cannot find anywhere there where they at New Belgium hold one to such a standard that one would not once set foot in a car. I cannot believe that you, and I think we know each other, would say that I am a failure. I am a fellow commuter and have been for a very long time. My support is fully behind the commuting community and I encourage everyone I know to do this as much as possible. It is proven that the commute to work is the very hardest of all to do, and I did not fail at this. I did learn to ride the bus in the winter months, chose to drive a 4 wheel drive during the big snowstorm in November and suffered a lot of other times.

Is it not the point of this contest to try to get people out of their cars and onto a bike as much as possible to reduce their carbon footprint? Is it not to change the way one thinks and perhaps turn that person who was lackadaisical in their commitment into a champion for the cause?

This article and subsequent reply from you, Big Dummy, makes me feel embarrassed for Boise. Your lack of support and failure to lift a glass for trying hard to make a VERY SIGNIFICANT change in my daily life just shows another reason why commuting programs fail. If it's not everyday, everywhere, then it is a FAIL.

Until I have someone tell me that I didn't inspire them to make at least one or two bike trips to work or the store, then I am not a failure. I have done what I should have done, which is be a HUMAN example of what can be done. I'm not perfect, I guess you are?

Posted by ellebrady on 07/31/2011 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Tired of High Gas Prices? Trade Your Car for a Bike at Tour de Fat

Dear Josh Gross,

I am the honoree from last year, and feel deeply offended by what you say, that I am busted for driving A car to Hyde Park Street Fair. First of all, it was at the Les Bois (aka Crafty Bastards) Indie show last August that your paper puts on, that you put me down to my face by saying "That didn't last long." I do believe that was the very next weekend after I won the honor of trading my car and I was still in possession of my car. As a vendor at the show that hauls a canopy, 4 tables, hula hoops and jewelry there, I'd love to see you try that with a bike during the time frame within which we are allowed to set up. I have put on nearly 2000 miles this past year on that bike. How about you? I've joined the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, SWIMBA, and helped start the Ada Bicycle Alliance. I'm also doing a combo of air, ferry, train and tandem bike from Anchorage, Alaska to Boise, starting next Tuesday. I also represent the commuting community unlike many of the past year's winners, and I don't intend to stop riding once my year is up. I won't be selling this bike, nor trading it and I happen to be doing outreach for New Belgium on the Alaska to Boise tour.

So, until you put your money where your mouth is and figure out how hard it is to go from having a vehicle to not in one weekend, don't judge me. I highly encourage anyone to give up their car and find their freedom. It is definitely not always fun and not easy, but it is worth it.

Lisa Brady

Posted by ellebrady on 07/30/2011 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Grudge Match: Car v. Bike

I agree wholeheartedly as 75% cyclist and 25% car driver. Today on my way home (bike) I had another cyclist cut me off and watched 3 cars run a red light. Everyone needs to step back and learn the laws. Oh also, peds crossing against the light IN FRONT of me...you wouldn't do that to a car would you? And you wouldn't want it done to your mom or dad or kid or cousin...so please don't do it to me.

Posted by ellebrady on 06/29/2009 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Hot, Hot, Hot

Let us all keep in mind that this story is the writers interpretation and he may not be as well versed as some of the rest of us in the art of Polynesian Poi Dance. I feel lucky to have learned how to swing poi as it has affored me many new friendships with people across the country. It's curious how the flames have been ignited within our community due to this article. It is indicative of some of the exclusivity of the fire poi crowd. As a retired member of The Fire Kittens and current member of the Boise Fire Arts, I'd like to remind you all, there is enough fighting going on in this world that is senseless, why continue here? And I have met Burning Desire 454...and they've got some passion!

Posted by Lisa on 02/20/2007 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Not So Lucky on 13th

As a neighbor(12th & Alturas) I am glad to see action happening to curb the "scene" in Hyde Park. I've lived in the north end for 17 years and have seen an exponetial increase in the traffic in this area. When The Garage opened it's doors...wow! All of a sudden we had drunks in our yard urinating, also urinating on our car, fighting on our street corner and singing down 12th street at 3 a.m. What all of us patrons of Hyde Park forget is that this is also a NEIGHBORHOOD...with real live people that actually LIVE here. We don't pay our house payments to clean up bottles and Mike's Hard Lemonade cups from our gutters. We live here because it is a neighborhood full of life. Please remember, this is not 6th and Main...this is where our children live and play. There have been hit and run traffic accidents involving drunk drivers, multiple incidents of vandalism and a total disregard to those who live here. Have any bar owners asked their neighbors "How are we doing?" Nope. Sure, I know I chose to live in this place, but how much should one have to put up with? Please, please remember there are people LIVING here. Thank you Rachel for writing another great piece!

Posted by Lisa on 08/31/2006 at 7:45 PM

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