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The Hit & Run epidemic
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TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-02-19 19:09:41 UTC
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On Feb 19, 12:50 pm, "His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey, Most Humble
Le 2/18/2013 7:44 PM, His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey, Most Humble
Is anyone trying to make sense of this world?
The story of the loving couple killed while cycling by a truck whose
25 year old driver was looking for his fallen hat is sad and tragic.
But as one of their parent said, they died in love doing what they
dreamt 6 years to do (cycle around the globe, taking their time).
But shouldn't pity be reserved for those of us who do not come close to
what this couple have realised in their 34 years of life?
Just common sense, eh.
Commmon sense in the way life is lived. For example, over and over
again I read your posts about how cars threaten people riding bikes,
hogging the road, driving over bike lanes, forcing bikes off
the road and on sidewalks. Have you ever considered another
way to ride a bike, which consists in going out of your way to
*make room* for cars as they drive near you on the road ?
I find this works even in the most drastic of places and times.
Try it. It keeps me safe. It's just a matter of common sense :))
The more room you give them, the more they squeeze you. I've seen
cyclists literally riding on the gutter, but that only makes the
predator bolder, and you may actually hit the curb and fall off.
TAKING THE LANE is the best solution for this dilemma.
This is is a state-wide problem, being lead by Broward county. Drivers
are simply predators or terrorists, whichever you prefer:

Hit-and-run crashes, fatalities on rise, state warns

Among the victims of unsolved fatal hit-and-run crashes in 2013 are
DeAndre Binns, 6, in Miramar; bicyclist John Quintal, 49, in Sunrise
and special-needs teacher Paula Vinsky, 47, in Loxahatchee.

And in Southwest Ranches: jeweler Dwight Morrison, 63, killed
instantly Saturday while riding his bicycle on a long-distance trek.

Morrison's survivors are among the lucky ones, because unlike many
families who do not see an arrest made, the Broward Sheriff's Office
charged a man with DUI and leaving the scene, among other offenses.

And the Florida Highway Patrol says hit-and-run crashes are on the
rise.

In 2012, Broward County ranked second among Florida's top five
counties for hit-and-runs, with 7,857 crashes, an 8 percent increase
over 2011, FHP said Monday while launching an awareness campaign.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-hit-and-run-awareness-20130218,0,3850612.story

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This sounds like drivers getting away for killing innocent civilians
with a 10 year sentence --if caught-- and "awareness campaigns" for
the rest of the predatory drivers.

That's not the way to deal with terrorists.
Huge
2013-02-19 22:07:39 UTC
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Drivers
And you're a bigoted cunt.
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2013-02-19 23:05:16 UTC
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Drivers
And you're a bigoted cunt.
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TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-02-20 02:49:39 UTC
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Le 2/19/2013 7:42 PM, His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey, Most Humble
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-hit-and-run-awareness-...
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This sounds like drivers getting away for killing innocent civilians
with a 10 year sentence --if caught-- and "awareness campaigns" for
the rest of the predatory drivers.
That's not the way to deal with terrorists.
I'd quit riding bikes and go into politics or the law to begin with.
Or dress like a red-neck and carry a shotgun whenever you hit the road.
Being a predator myself, having learned to drive a car at 18 in France
in an epoch when the only rule of the road was the famous
"priorité à droite" -> drivers are supposed to let pass any car or
cyclist coming from the right, I know all the tricks and the sport
of driving fast and dirty while keeping alive in a jungle full of
predators like myself. I have it in my blood, especially since I grew
up in a latin country where feelings are always a second from flaring.
So why am I mentioning all this?
Having been a survivor and bona fide Knight or Samourai on french
roads, I know there is only one way to survive not being run over
in the jungle. Know your predator, Wise Monkey. Know to adopt a
submissive attitude on the road and show thereby a true nobility. Be
Gandhi on pedals. Dignity always works. Look to be as wise as a serpent
and harmless as a dove. That's the only way to survive and thrive in
the jungle.
Yeah, but you may have been a predators among other predators of the
same size, say a Citroen among other Citroens, Renaults and Peugeots.
I know the kind of driving you are talking about. I love it! It's not
about winning and putting others in danger. You throw those gears and
have fun. But you don't have SUVs!

By the way, the Law of the Jungle is not entirely true on American
roads. Truckers know they better play it safe. They do for the most
part. They are properly trained and licensed. It's the idiot in the
SUV that it's most dangerous. Even to the smaller cars you would drive
in France. The rules here are different. There's no passing lanes,
just SUVs zigzagging around cars. Welcome to the Jurassic Roads.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-02-20 02:53:37 UTC
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Le 2/19/2013 7:42 PM, His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey, Most Humble
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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-hit-and-run-
awareness-20130218,0,3850612.story
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***
This sounds like drivers getting away for killing innocent civilians
with a 10 year sentence --if caught-- and "awareness campaigns" for
the rest of the predatory drivers.
That's not the way to deal with terrorists.
I'd quit riding bikes and go into politics or the law to begin with.
Or dress like a red-neck and carry a shotgun whenever you hit the road.
Being a predator myself, having learned to drive a car at 18 in France
in an epoch when the only rule of the road was the famous "priorité à
droite" -> drivers are supposed to let pass any car or cyclist coming
from the right, I know all the tricks and the sport of driving fast
and dirty while keeping alive in a jungle full of predators like
myself. I have it in my blood, especially since I grew up in a latin
country where feelings are always a second from flaring.
So why am I mentioning all this?
Having been a survivor and bona fide Knight or Samourai on french
roads,
I know there is only one way to survive not being run over in the
jungle. Know your predator, Wise Monkey. Know to adopt a submissive
attitude on the road and show thereby a true nobility. Be Gandhi on
pedals. Dignity always works. Look to be as wise as a serpent and
harmless as a dove. That's the only way to survive and thrive in the
jungle.
his us and them thing is way over the top.. i thought righteous
vegetarianism was bad who woulda thought about a cycling knight?
he's probably quivering (from being touched).
his drivers = terrorists is almost as bad as my meat eaters = murderers.
even if they do i see murderers AND meat eaters in less righteous light.
Well, maybe we should say that the drivers (say 10% of them) who
openly blast the horn and cut off cyclists are terrorists. The rest
are nice people like you and me.

See, we are nice people and most drivers are nice people.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-02-20 03:59:21 UTC
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On Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:44:28 -0800, His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey,
Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
Le 2/19/2013 7:42 PM, His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey, Most Humble
Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-hit-and-run-
awareness-...
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Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
***
This sounds like drivers getting away for killing innocent civilians
with a 10 year sentence --if caught-- and "awareness campaigns" for
the rest of the predatory drivers.
That's not the way to deal with terrorists.
I'd quit riding bikes and go into politics or the law to begin with.
Or dress like a red-neck and carry a shotgun whenever you hit the road.
Being a predator myself, having learned to drive a car at 18 in France
in an epoch when the only rule of the road was the famous "priorité à
droite" -> drivers are supposed to let pass any car or cyclist coming
from the right, I know all the tricks and the sport of driving fast and
dirty while keeping alive in a jungle full of predators like myself. I
have it in my blood, especially since I grew up in a latin country
where feelings are always a second from flaring.
So why am I mentioning all this?
Having been a survivor and bona fide Knight or Samourai on french
roads, I know there is only one way to survive not being run over in
the jungle. Know your predator, Wise Monkey. Know to adopt a
submissive attitude on the road and show thereby a true nobility. Be
Gandhi on pedals. Dignity always works. Look to be as wise as a
serpent and harmless as a dove. That's the only way to survive and
thrive in the jungle.
Yeah, but you may have been a predators among other predators of the
same size, say a Citroen among other Citroens, Renaults and Peugeots. I
know the kind of driving you are talking about. I love it! It's not
about winning and putting others in danger. You throw those gears and
have fun. But you don't have SUVs!
By the way, the Law of the Jungle is not entirely true on American
roads. Truckers know they better play it safe. They do for the most
part. They are properly trained and licensed. It's the idiot in the SUV
that it's most dangerous. Even to the smaller cars you would drive in
France. The rules here are different. There's no passing lanes, just
SUVs zigzagging around cars. Welcome to the Jurassic Roads.
perhaps SUV drivers just need a special license. easier than banning it.
Right on, that would decimate their numbers and clean their image as
well. "We don't want to ban anything," those are the words of NYC
Mayor Bloomberg referring to Styrofoam cups. Isn't he Jewish? Yes, he
is.

SUVs and Styrofoam cups are bad for the environment and everything
else. Hey, wait a minute, same Bloomberg owns an SUV. Anyone still
trying to make sense of the world?

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