what's an MPU? An MPU is a Multi-Use Pathway, one that is used for bikes, runners, walkers, skaters, etc. As all your SF ppl know, Lake Merced has an MPU. The first week after i moved over to Daly City, i went for a ride at Lake Merced and i got into my first head-on collision with another biker. what happened was, another biker was biking on the wrong side of the path (she was on incoming lane) ok, granted there are no signs or lines on the ground that states which side of oncoming or which side is going but it's implied in our society that when you're on the left you're coming and when you're on the right, you're going. a lot of ppl do not realize or follow this and it's irritating.
Another thing about MPU's is that ppl are inconsiderate, ESPECIALLY when in groups. 3 or 4 ppl just spread out across the entire span of the walkway blocking all traffic on the path is just unacceptable. i saw "excuse me" and they just keep walking as if they don't hear me. so, i tap my brakes rapidly so it makes a tapping noise. they kinda flinch (obviously indicating they hear me but are too much of an asshole to move). so, what i do is, the second i get the chance to pass, i pass them as fast as i can and as closely to them as possible. i dunno how much good that does.
Yesterday, i drove to the Richmond and parked my car and then rode my bike over to Sausalito. I was looking forward to riding on the Golden Gate Bridge since i haven't rode across it in well over a year.
Problems started shortly after i left Vista Point. So, im riding up a steep path which leads up to entrance of the bridge for bikers and as usual, there are a BUNCH of tourists camped out there RIGHT at the entrance. the entrance is a very tight opening and what's worst is that it's a two way path so, i have to avoid the oncoming traffic and the tourists. So, im riding along on the bridge and there are TONS of bikers both pro-looking and the not so pro looking riders. I judge riders by the way they dress. typically, those who have the fancy bikes and those who are wearing the pro team kits are considered the better riders. The "pro" riders have better riding etiquette, control, and are more courteous. When a not-so-pro rider passes you, they will NEVER say "on your left" when they SHOULD because it's really unsafe to pass another biker without letting them know you're there. of course, im expecting some of you to say "if you're so pro, why are you getting passed by the not so pro? well, Pro or not pro, we all have our bad days in the saddle, we're not always going to be traveling at our top speed or pedaling at our optimal 85 - 95 RPM. with that said, i witnessed a really weird "crash" on the bridge which occurred less than 5 feet ahead of me. I'm pedaling along this not so pro rider and so far, he's riding....not so pro, lol. ok, i sound like a cocky bastard now. we rode around one of the giant pillars which i must say is very tough to do because of the extreme wind conditions. as we approach the pillar, he slows down to like a mph (BIG MISTAKE) and proceeds to do a sharp left turn (FAILED). having failed his "turn" he takes his right foot off the pedal to keep himself balanced. while he does all this im forced to unclip to avoid crashing into him thanks to his sudden slow down and dismounting. finally the guy gets back on his bike AFTER the pillar and i get back on mine. it doesn't end there, so, he's back on the bike and we're basically in the clear now. we've cleared the pillar and we're back on the straight away where the guy crashes?! ok, i could understand crashing at the pillar because it's really common there due to the high winds but on a straight away....with nothing in your way...it just doesn't make any sense. i ended up having to dodge the guy along with the oncoming "pro" traffic. i think i handled it well. i stayed very calm.
Still on the bridge and now im passing up tons of riders. i probably said "on your left" like 36 times while on the bridge. every chance i got, i passed up riders. "on your left!" and then cut in between a group of slow riders. what was my hurry? i wasn't in a hurry but i wanted to get off the bridge asap because i was getting annoyed with the tourists. they just love to take pictures which is fine. but at least park your bikes where it doesn't block everyone.
On my way back, im held up behind two kids and im guessing this person is their father who doesn't want to let me pass him. again, i got annoyed, so, i forced my way in. the second i get a tad bit of space "ON YOUR LEFT!" i can tell the guy was trying hard to stay in the middle of the entire lane to block me, possibly to protect his kids? Im the one that needs protecting cuz kids on bikes are the most unpredictable thing you can come across on the bridge or anywhere else for that matter. if anything I WAS TAKING THE BIGGEST RISK.
At the end of the bridge is the same path that i entered through and again, there was traffic and yes, it was tourists. even tourists should be able to tell that they're in the way of EVERYONE when they have three bikes just chilling there at the chokepoint and there's a horde of ppl waiting for them to move! nope, apparently, these guys somehow think they're neutral... one of them turned around and saw me standing there and he just looked at me like he's never seen an Asian dude before. him and his wife or cousin or sister or whoever the hell the other two idiots he was with were in the way. this time, i said something. "wow, i didn't know you guys own this path cuz you're camped out here like you own it!" they just stared at me and i said "idiots!" and i walked my bike around them and rode off. seriously, that's not cool! one bike being there is bad but THREE is just out of hand.
I'm going to make an appointment to go get fitted on my bike. Yesterday's ride left me with something to desire. i want to ride more than 20 miles without having cramps. i want to see what's beyond the "Welcome to Corta Madera" sign. I want to ride from here to San Jose and back. I have all the energy to do it, i just don't have the legs to take me there yet but that time is coming, i know it. the first ride I will do after the fit will be the SJ ride.