November 11th – Bicycles.

In Prague, they ride bikes all winter.
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In New Zealand, I looked like this most of the time:

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When I was young and in shape, I raced in triathlons.

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In Germany, bikes were everywhere.

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About a year ago, I was meeting my friend Ben for lunch. We are both environmentalists athletes looking for an excuse to ride our bikes. As I stopped at a red light there was someone looking into the box on the side of the road with lots of wires. It turns out that we (cyclists in Seattle) have a way to change the red lights while we are on our bikes. Here it is:

Pavement markings for loop detector systems: As required by State law, RCW 47.36.025, with new construction or upgrade of detection equipment; bicycle loop detector systems should be accompanied by pavement markings that indicate the location where a bicycle should be located to maximize its disruption of the inductance field. Specifications for this pavement marking are illustrated in Standard Plan 725.

What isn’t mentioned is the fact that if you put your wheel on a “T” in the bike lane, the light will change for you. I also can’t find any pictures of the “T” that would be a great example of what I am talking about.

Rock climbers seem to like bikes as well!

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In Paris, I need a chip and pin credit card to use the Velib. I was bummed.

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