dmethvin Posted July 11, 2015 Share Posted July 11, 2015 As I've been riding I've been collecting a list of annoying things that I'd love to see changed. Lack of curb cuts: There are still some areas around here that don't have curb cuts, so I have to get off, move the wheel over or down the curb, then re-mount. Maybe one day I'll perfect the curb jump, but missing it can be risky and embarrassing on a busy street.Uneven and broken sidewalks: Around here most sidewalks are concrete with expansion joints. Over time, the joints move up or down creating either a bump up or a ramp off into space. Some of them are pretty big, and I wiped out on one of them. On top of that, sometimes sidewalk breaks are poorly patched with gravel or asphalt. Not a fun ride.Low-hanging tree limbs: Being whacked in the head by a tree branch at high speed is not fun at all. If it's coming from above I generally squat down to avoid it. Otherwise I use my arm to push it aside or try to move left or right if possible.Spread-out pedestrian groups: Dave's Law: "Pedestrians traveling together expand to fill the available sidewalk width." Since the wheel is so silent, I often come up on pedestrian groups that don't know I'm behind them. If someone was walking behind them they would at least hear footsteps.Drivers that don't yield: Even though I ride on the sidewalks and cross at the crosswalk, drivers are sometimes confused about whether they should yield at an intersection. I try to make eye contact and wave thanks. Usually the novelty is enough that they stop to look, but I am always watching out for the "right turn on red" people who think they don't need to stop. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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