Monday, April 23, 2012
April 20th: Picked up a kid's friend, V and got some driving time and practicing in and then took the kids to try out Musikgarten. The kids really liked it. Then we picked up Claire and they went to IKEA while I rode up to work and back. Mileage 20.
April 21st: Kidical Mass with Julian and many more. Left the wife and kids at the ride at the end at the Peddlers Fair. Rode out to Bellevue to teach at AMNW from Ballard and then to rehearsal at UW which went super late. Rode something like 50 miles, pulling a trailer. Then late at night, took the bus back out to Ballard to pick up the Dummy and the kids bikes which were still locked up by the Ballard Bridge. Rode back over the bridge which even though it had a lane closure, I happened to ride over with a couple of fixie dudes headed to a party. It was a nice day.
April 22nd: This was fun. We rode to church together with T on the trail a bike with Claire, and A with me on the Dummy. Then we went to Discovery Park, then Myrtle Edwards, lunch at Anthony's, more play at Seattle Center with lots of tag and great popsicles. Wore the kids out but apparently not enough because they didn't go to bed until super late. Dan and Rebecca, two cycling travelers from New York-Davis CA came by and are staying with us for a couple of days. Total mileage around 20.
April 23rd: Took the kids to the blue heron rookery in Lawton then to the playground and biking with friends, then pho, the kids now full, nearly fell asleep on 15th west which despite what people in Magnolia will tell you, is just a glorified 7 lane freeway with dangerous cross traffic. Then after the kiddies had a little rest and relaxation, we met up with our guests and Claire at Der Berliner for Doner Kebabs. Then we rode over to Denny park to ride the zip line and play with a found jump rope. Kids got tired, went to sleep super well and I got the bike parking spot cleaned up for the first time in years. It was nice. Total mileage 16.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
We cruised down the sculpture park and then let the wind carry us up Myrtle Edwards. In this photo, I've just been gapped and in the next, T is exhorting me to get the led out and chase the girls down. The only catch is that I'm the one hauling the family so acceleration is somewhat freight train-like.
Speaking of freight trains, we made it down to the train bridge on the way to the locks but while waiting and trading stokers (A tried it out and demurred) none came.
The locks turned out to be our turn around spot and we played a massive game of Duck Duck Goose and found flowers as big as our heads.
Total mileage: 9 for the rec ride and 20 for the commute.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Had a concert at Shoreline Community College today with Jensina Oliver and Robin Peery. This was something I have been practicing a lot for and it turned out great! The weather was fantastic and I biked up some rather sketchy roads, specifically 3rd Ave NW north of Holman Road which inexplicably has sharrows on it but has tons of traffic trying to escape the lights on Greenwood. It also has no shoulder and the drivers really think that anyone in their way is trespassing.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I rode down to MOHAI with Ansgar with whom we have had some nice bike tours. He takes the bus to the Soft, and I was trying to find a shoe and a pump bracket. I went home and practiced my cello and then raced up to spend the afternoon with the family before T's piano recital.
This is T at his piano recital. He played very well and I was proud of the little guy. The concert took place at Sherman Clay Pianos and Claire dropped us off after cancelling due to an inconsolable, shoe losing, toy dropping, face scratching 3 year old demanded her complete attention. We then bused home and got doughnuts, and then bused some more.
Here is the best part. I had a concert down town and had arranged for child care so that Claire could come with. We biked down together through Mariners traffic and I played the show, which wasn't too great but will be better next week when we have our official CD release party. Riding together on a date reminds me of before we were married. In fact, Claire is still riding the same bike as in those salad days.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
When overtaking on the right is permitted.
(1) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:
(a) When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn;
(b) Upon a roadway with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for two or more lines of vehicles moving lawfully in the direction being traveled by the overtaking vehicle.
(2) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under conditions permitting such movement in safety. Such movement shall not be made by driving off the roadway.
[1975 c 62 § 23; 1965 ex.s. c 155 § 18.]
|Rules of court: Monetary penalty schedule -- IRLJ 6.2.|
Severability -- 1975 c 62: See note following RCW 36.75.010.
So that's the Washington statute. My thinking is that cars should not be allowed to drive into a bike lane to pass another car whether or not they turning left. The thinking is that an obstructed pavement includes a bike lane or 2, they are not allowed to drive off the road. My conversations with police on the matter go the other direction. They are drivers, after all. What's your take on it?
A turned three today. We still had a great time today and took the bikes and the kids and the family bike first up to Magnolia for soccer class and play time with A. Then we rode north to see the Salmon and the Locks. There was only one smolt steelhead salmon but an ocean going tug came in and we got to see the dynamics of locks up close and personal.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Had a long day teaching but didn't need to take a cello. Had to get the kids to school but didn't want to drive. Enter the family bike. It's been pretty cold so I haven't used it but took it out this morning and froze the kids. On the way there, we saw a construction site that was laying a concrete sidewalk. We stayed for a while and the workers liked it.