CYCLING – tips & observations

Fact is, the more you ride your bicycle the more experience you gain, the more confident you are moving with the flow of the other vehicle traffic.

Victoria British Columbia Canada – although described as the “bicycle capital of Canada” – is not easy to negotiate. Two reasons: (1) Since Vancouver Island is just one big volcanic rock, city streets are never just level, they are up and down, climbing and descending, oftentimes steep.(2) Victoria is an older city and many streets are narrow, having gotten too small for the amount of increasing traffic. That means that only select streets and thoroughfares have marked bicycle lanes. Usually just painted demarcations in the street, sharing busy roads with cars, trucks and buses. There are no dedicated bicycle lanes like in many European cities or larger cities in Canada. Where enough space is available to have bike lanes.

In summary, in Europe for example, of one thousand cars there may be 200 bicycles in the roads. In Canada, out of one thousand cars there may be 20 bicycles. To cycle safely, it needs a couple of tricks or tips (to keep you alive): Traveling along the road through numbers of traffic lights (signals at each corner) as a cyclist one should always stop when the lights turn yellow (while a car can easily make it through the yellow lights, a bike cannot). What I do ? Observe both the big lights for changing and the smaller ones for the pedestrian crossings. When the pedestrian lights blink red and the big lights are still green, slow down, YELLOW will follow quick. Next tip: When cycling down a busy street and cars are coming at you and behind you, try to check (half-turn head) behind you right and left. There are cyclists that try to pass you on your right. A big NO-NO and dangerous. (Unless you have small rear-view mirrors attached).

I cycle a lot. And we have wonderful (out-of-city) bicycle trails. That’s fine and dandy. But from my house to get to those trails I still have to cover one km to arrive at any bike trail. Another thing to observe is, always indicate your turns (right or left). Some cyclists don’t. And never cycle in pairs. Even on the trails, where many do it. Cycling in groups and talk, talk, instead of respecting others on the trails.

What counts most is experience: If one cycles only twice a year, then it’s difficult to feel confident in heavy traffic. And don’t forget the tools. One more little tip (concerning the theft of bikes or bicycle parts). I now got myself two lock chains: One for the seat, the helmet and the rear wheel, the second for the front wheel, the frame and firmly connected to a post or bike rack. There are nice lock chains now which can be registered online for in case one looses a key. Another little tip (after I had a tire blow out on the trail) is to always keep cash with you to take a bus home. Bikes here can be mounted free of charge on the front of a city bus (room for two). Or carry a spare tube. The obvious: wear bright colored clothing, that helps.

One more issue: Cycling on the side walks, among pedestrians. Illegal here in Canada. Most that do are likely to be young males. If older senior citizens can cycle in the road with the vehicular traffic, then they can do that too. This rule I like here in Canada. Compared to eg. Germany Berlin where people cycle on the sidewalks and when walking, your head has to be screwed backward all the time. Enough of this: HAPPY & SAFE CYCLING !

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HIROSHIMA and NAGASAKI remembered

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%22Jap…You%27re_Next%5E_We%27ll_Finish_the_Job%22_-_NARA_-_513563.jpg  so, who is next on your plate ?

August is the month to remember the horrendous war crimes carried out against the Japanese civilian population, where hundreds of thousands civilians and fellow-Christians were killed in the fire storms released by the plutonium bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And many more following those years by the radiation effects. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Man ] August 6 and August 9 of 1945, following May 1945, the surrender of Germany after 3 years relentlessly fire bombing civilians, women and children. The children were Nazis ? Ha, ha. The Japanese civilians were fascists ? No way.

And who got away with murder and mass killings and is now celebrated as ‘war hero’ , perpetually during the remembrance and memorial day celebrations ? Those responsible for it. How do they feel about it ? Do we hear again: “We did not do it” ? They actually solidly revel in the belief that little children were carrying arms and shooting the Allied planes out of the sky.

[It just so happens that I am a victim of war, I was three years old when we were fire bombed every night by the British and every day by the Americans/Canadians]

FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR CONTAMINATION OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/08/04/Fukushima-plant-leaking-toxic-water-into-Pacific/UPI-25971375627085/ Translating into 100 times more radioactive fallout than normal, that eventually can leak into the groundwater. What about the fish we eat ? Contaminated food imports from Japan ?

Vancouver Island on the Pacific Coast of Canada. What do those two have in common ? I live on Vancouver Island, moved here September 2002. This morning I hear on the radio the following again: the amount of radioactive materials that have been washed into the Pacific Ocean not only after the nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, but apparently for years before. In the belief that radioactive fallout will be absorbed into the ocean. But this is not true. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDYvsbRnVeQ

So, I am drinking my daily water, from the tap. It is supposed to be clean and clear. Where does it come from: From the Sooke Regional reservoir, which is connected to the Sooke Lake Basin, Juan de Fuca Strait (Southern border of Vancouver Island), [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Juan_de_Fuca ] and the latter connected West to the Pacific Ocean. But as usual, everything is always HUSH, HUSH by the authorities. Can we have some explanations ?>

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2011/04/09/radiation-detected-in-drinking-water-in-13-more-us-cities-cesium-137-in-vermont-milk/

FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR FALLOUT

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/08/04/Fukushima-plant-leaking-toxic-water-into-Pacific/UPI-25971375627085/ Translating into 100 times more radioactive fallout than normal, that eventually can leak into the groundwater. What about the fish we eat ? Contaminated food imports from Japan ?

Vancouver Island on the Pacific Coast of Canada. What do those two have in common ? I live on Vancouver Island, moved here September 2002. This morning I hear on the radio the following again: the amount of radioactive materials that have been washed into the Pacific Ocean not only after the nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, but apparently for years before. In the belief that radioactive fallout will be absorbed into the ocean. This is not true. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDYvsbRnVeQ

And can you believe, that real estate on Vancouver Island sells in the millions of dollars, some properties 3 or more million dollars ? To not even have clean water supply ?

TIME TO GET OUT OF DODGE ! (meaning for me, to get the heck out of here)