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Old 07-12-2012, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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So, this is either:

Great, more bikes in Charlotte!

or

(sigh), great, more bikes in Charlotte!

You decide.

Center city to host state's first bike-sharing program | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Are bicycle helmets mandatory round these parts?
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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They have this program in Minneapolis, and it is hugely popular. Of course, they are a "bike friendly" city. Anxious to see how the bikes work out here.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Are bicycle helmets mandatory round these parts?
I see people riding bikes in uptown without helmets. Looks like the police do not enforce a helmet law if there is one.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Weddington
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Only under 16 are required to wear helmets.

NCDOT: Laws
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Weddington
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Interesting article in Bike Sharing

Bike sharing stokes conflict between drivers, cyclists
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Interesting article in Bike Sharing

Bike sharing stokes conflict between drivers, cyclists
I liked this bit FTFA:

Everyone's complaining about the behavior of everyone else.

Which pretty much sums up the whole "debate". 95% of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists follow the rules and share the road safely but there will always be that 5% that insist on doing things their own way.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Durham UK
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So, this is either:

Great, more bikes in Charlotte!

or

(sigh), great, more bikes in Charlotte!

You decide.

Center city to host state's first bike-sharing program | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Are bicycle helmets mandatory round these parts?
Crazy that they aren't.
Interesting that it says CHS have signed up as a sponsor and there will be a station at CMC ,discounts for Blue Cross Blue Shield members but no mention of CHS employess.
Also, how prevalent are cycle lanes in Charlotte?

We cycle in Mooresville, mostly on cycle lanes or off road, but we made the mistake of cycling on a semi-rural residential road on one of the penninsulas last week and were nearly run off the road twice.

On one occasion I stuck my arm out to let try and tell a driver approaching from behind to stop as I could see around the bend in front that there was a car coming towards us and she didn't even slow down (it's a 45 mph zone) crossed over onto the other lane and the driver coming the other way had to go onto the grass at the side of the road and nearly ended up in a ditch.

Negotiating slow moving people/vehicles on roads requires that you are paying attention to driving and have driving judgement skills ie how big is the gap, how fast are they moving, how fast is the other vehicle moving and what other hazards are up ahead eg junction, side road etc.
Also, some respect for other road users.

This is a road with golf course crossings, numerous side roads and homes on it.

We will not be cycling on roads with no cycle lane again.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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We cycle in Mooresville, mostly on cycle lanes or off road, but we made the mistake of cycling on a semi-rural residential road on one of the penninsulas last week and were nearly run off the road twice.

On one occasion I stuck my arm out to let try and tell a driver approaching from behind to stop as I could see around the bend in front that there was a car coming towards us and she didn't even slow down (it's a 45 mph zone) crossed over onto the other lane and the driver coming the other way had to go onto the grass at the side of the road and nearly ended up in a ditch.
Yeah, there's no excuse for the driver to behave like that. Not saying I don't get annoyed when there is a cyclist and I can't get around, but I'm not going to endanger all 3 parties so I can get to Home Depot a few minutes earlier.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Crazy that they aren't.
It is not the function of the government to mandate personal safety.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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Wonder if you will need to show a picture ID to rent one or is it an honor system like our election polls.
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