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But, speaking as an automobile driver here, I soon realized I did not know the rules of the road that apply to sharing the streets with bicyclists. I think that might be true for many drivers.
Here's a good example: If a driver needs to make a right turn, do you merge into the bike lane before making the turn, or are you supposed stay out of the bike lane completely, and cross it only when you come to the corner to make your turn?
The answer is merge into the bike lane, in the last 200 feet before making the turn.
A bicycle lane is shown by a solid white line along either side of the street, four or more feet from the curb. The white line will usually be broken near the corner and the words "BIKE LANE" will be painted in the lane. When you are making a right turn and are within 200 feet of the corner or other driveway entrance, you must enter the bicycle lane to make the turn. Do not drive in the bicycle lane at any other time.
You may park in a bicycle lane if your vehicle does not block a bicyclist and/or there is not a "No Parking" sign posted.
Pedestrians are not allowed in bicycle lanes when sidewalks are available. Drivers of motorized bicycles should use bicycle lanes carefully to avoid collisions with bicyclists.
I read some comments in a bicyclist forum about many drivers darting across the bike lane to make a right turn at the last possible moment.
I would offer that those drivers are probably not purposely trying to wipe out cyclists; they are operating under the misktaken notion that they must stay out of the bike lane at all times.
Councilman Reyes, Councilman Huizar, if you are reading this, may I suggest a series of Public Services Annoucements (street posters, online, radio, whatever) might help inform drivers and cyclists alike about safely sharing the road!
**The featured photo is a piece by assemblage artist Armando Arreola which will be presented at Avenue 50 Studio during its February exhibition, Circulo "Magico/Magical Circus" .
Opening Night Reception: Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 7-11 pm
“I have always wanted to be a magician. These small theaters allow me to play that role.”
The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present its February exhibition, Circulo Magico/Magical Circus by assemblage artist Armando Arreola. With material obsession, Armando Arreola creates small diorama theater scenes of magicians at work. Among the 14 theaters, we see the sword swallower, the lady being sawed in half, and the woman levitated over fire– while the small audience delights in the magic of the magician. We are drawn into the tiny magical world of Armando Arreola. He obviously delights in assembling his dioramas (and probably smiles or laughs while creating them). All would be upbeat, except for one factor: smudged faces with matted hair adorns each participant. We’ve walked into Arreola’s slightly dark world – not bloody, not violent – a Ray Bradbury novel-like world. There is magic here, as we play voyeur peering through side windows, or from the top of the theater. But isn’t that what originally a circus was supposed to be? Strange, mysterious, other worldly. Circulo Magico is actually very charming. The children will love it, and so will adults.
Avenue 50 Studio, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery 131 North Avenue 50 Highland Park, CA 90042
When you see shadows, it is a bright, sunny day. If you don't see shadows, it is cloudy and overcast. So, "sunny" equals more winter? What's with that?
February 2 is the middle point between Winter Solstice on December 21 and Spring Equinox on March 20.
And forklore has it that if the midpoint of Winter is bright and sunny, the remaining weeks of Winter will be harsh and stormy.
So ... Seeing a shadow on February 2 equals "bright and sunny" which equals more more harsh Winter weather to come. More here.
In ancient Celtic traditions, the middle points between solticies and equinoxes were known as Cross Quarter Days and were celebrated as High Holy Days. February 2, the Cross Quarter Day betwwen Winter Soltice and Spring Equinox, was called Imbolc.
February 2 is also exactly 40 days after December 25. Ancient Jewish women celebrated a ritual purification exactly 40 days after the birth of a son. According to early Christian tradition, Mary, the mother of Jesus, would have celebrated this ritual on February 2, 40 days after December 25.
According to an old English song:
If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight; If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Go Winter, and come not again.
According to an old Scotch couplet:
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, There'll be twa (two) winters in the year.
Another variation of the Scottish rhyme:
If Candlemas day be dry and fair, The half o' winter to come and mair, If Candlemas day be wet and foul, The half of winter's gone at Yule.