I'm with oregengine... Not only because to "zip on by" is to be a "prick" but also because I value my life too much. I see no need to decrease my visibility by zipping past stopped cars. If there is no bike lane, I ride with traffic.
So much here to respond to... I have worked closely with Ryan for the past year, through the trauma of the Seattle accident. To me, his actions, before and since, have been those of an intelligent young progressive mind dealing with a traumatic learning experience. The driver in the Seattle accident chose to go down a hill that he had been told to avoid. The brakes were in good working condition and it was a case of an inexperienced kid making a bad decision.
Since that time Cascadia Pedicabs has completely re-evaluated our training process to include a two-tiered interview process, more extensive training and a mentor process wherein we pair the new rider with an experienced rider.
We are actually excited about getting regulated as it establishes a place in the city for pedicabs for many years to come. Our only concern is to make sure these codes are realistic for a green, pedal-powered mode of transportation. Pedicabs should not be required to have things like fire extinguishers on board. A cut and paste approach to city code writing by the Revenue Bureau makes me, for one, a bit uncomfortable.
-Rainbow- Portland Cascadia Pedicabs
I have a brake on my fixie... I just NEVER need it... Actually... right now, the handle is missing a bolt so, although I APPEAR to have brakes, they are totally non-functional . And if my bad ass chain ever did break... old school BMX style, throw that foot behind the front fork. I may crunch a foot, but the bike stops.
Stop trying to legislate every detail our lives and concentrate on stopping violence!!
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