Andy_Squirrel
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Jan 12, 2015 Andy_Squirrel commented on New Year Brings New Bike Lane (And Now, Cycletrack!) Blockages.
I have faith in the human race that we can figure this shit out without blocking bike or auto traffic lanes. I know we have it within ourselves to set aside some legitimate delivery ONLY parking somewhere near every business throughout the entire city. It can't be that hard.

Get your shit together SDOT and city of Seattle. Every business license and large housing complex should outline delivery and large truck protocol before building construction happens. For those grandfathered-in before the new road/cycling structure there should be side-street options set aside for delivery and maintenance vehicles.

Let's stop blaming cyclists, delivery drivers and motorists for those asshats who made these issues arise in the first place.
Nov 5, 2014 Andy_Squirrel commented on A Thought on the Pedestrian Crossing Button.
ugh, Charles you are, as always, insufferable
Sep 25, 2014 Andy_Squirrel commented on Helmet Machines Will Not Be Ready for Seattle Bike Share Launch.
I wonder how hard it would be to remove the pronto logos? I am in the market for a new winter commuter helmet.
Thanks Pronto!
Oct 30, 2013 Andy_Squirrel commented on Seattle Police Ticket Cyclists for Speeding.
@29 "The pressure-sensitive lights are not geared towards cyclists"

I don't blame you for not properly understanding this subject. Most people aren't even aware of intelligent stop lights, or if they do, they have some vague understanding of how it works. There really should be a better PR campaign by SDOT to teach cyclist to properly use these stop light changing systems.

Here is a great article on the subject and how it applies to us cyclists:
http://bikeportland.org/2010/09/27/bike-…

TL;DR is just put either your front or rear tire on the little "T" at most of Seattle's intersections (look for the edge of the circle in the pavement). This will cause the electromagnetic (not pressure) sensor to detect the existence of your bicycle. This should really speed up the wait at most lights and make for more legal ways to proceed through a stubborn stop light.
Oct 22, 2013 Andy_Squirrel commented on The New Separated Bike Track Is Good for Cyclists and Drivers.
As a driver, cyclist and bus passenger I think much of this animosity between cyclists and drivers could be solved by eliminating all parking on city streets. We have more than enough capacity for many modes of MOVING transportation. We have enough room for bus lanes, intelligent cycling infrastructure (unlike this cycletrack) & cars lanes.

For me the sticking point is these stupid subsidized street parking which does NOTHING to assist people in moving about the city. If you or I want to park our oversized single passenger cars I think it is our responsibility to find a parking spot off the street where it belongs.

It solves a plethora of problems single swoop. No more bicycles getting doored, no more cars getting stuck behind cars parked illegally, no more buses waiting to merge into traffic, visibility at intersections is instantly opened up so there will be fewer collisions between all modes.

TL;DR Streets are for moving (no matter how slow or fast) not subsidized parking spots.
Sep 11, 2013 Andy_Squirrel commented on Tomorrow Night at Central Cinema: Everything Is Terrible!.
my favorite time of year!
Jan 21, 2013 Andy_Squirrel commented on On "Real" Nerds.
I always thought nerds were more semi intelligent makers of obscure shit, not drooling consumers of second tier popular video games and movies.

Losers who solved math problems in their basement for fun or programmed role playing games for an underground community.

Watching Star Trek and playing Skyrim are not nerdy, they ARE mainstream culture.

Nov 21, 2012 Andy_Squirrel commented on This Book Vending Machine Is the Best Thing on the Internet This Week.
Sorry for the Vimeo? What? Why? Vimeo is fucking amazing.
Nov 1, 2012 Andy_Squirrel commented on What To Do If Your Ballot Is AWOL.
I love King County and Washington State. All you election workers are awesome. Well done
Oct 31, 2012 Andy_Squirrel commented on NYC Without Subways Isn't NYC.
@24 ugh, you make me sad to be a human
Sarcasm, not irony