For all the H2 lovers out there, may I recommend www.fuh2.com. My favorite picture and caption has to be the one of the H2 up on the flatbed truck.
We got our first snow of the season the day before yesterday. Of course, it only stuck around on the grassy areas for a few hours before it melted away. Where is this legendary Wisconsin winter we've heard about for a year-plus now? Wisconsin has got nothing on South Dakota, Massachusetts, or the Sierras when it comes to snowfall or cold weather or a combination of the same.
Traffic engineers just love to install traffic loop detectors in roadways. Then, they don't have to worry as much about light timing. A car comes along, trips the loop detector, and the light changes. All is well. Except if you're a bicyclist. Bicycles in their normal orientation (i.e., upright) do not have enough mass/metal to trip the loop detectors. This leaves cyclists deciding whether to run the red light, wait for traffic traveling in a parallel direction to appear (thereby tripping the loop detector), or to get off their bike and push the pedestrian walk button. Some very small number of intersections actually have smaller, more sensitive loop detectors designed to detect bikes, but those intersections are outnumbered 10 or 100 to 1 by intersections that are not so equipped. Thus, dealing with such short-sighted traffic engineering is something of a continuous bicyclist hassle. Now, a fourth option has been added to the arsenal of bicyclists who come upon poorly engineered intersections. In this newsletter, read the section titled "Triggering traffic signals" for information on a fourth option.
The best way to avoid a traffic ticket? Cream a cyclist. Studies show that the best way to avoid getting a traffic ticket is to crash into a pedestrian or bicyclist. "...drivers are at fault in 70% of cyclist deaths and 92% of pedestrian deaths there. And 74% of them didn't even get a traffic ticket."