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Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Let's Talk Cycling
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

I went to Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.) for the Let's Talk Cycling discussion. It turned out to be the featured lecture at The Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club meeting that night. After some Sierra Club business, Jean M. Triest was introduced. She's a Traffic Safety Specialist at The Monroe County Department of Public Safety. As a reasonably well-seasoned cyclist, her talk was a bit on the basic side for me — bikes need brakes, reflectors, a bell, and a headlight and taillight for night; bicyclists are recognized as legal drivers; ride in the same direction as traffic; use hand signals; obey traffic-control devices; be visible; be predictable; etc.

She cited a study from The League of American Bicyclists that examined the causes of bicycle accidents. She started out with some myths and the first was surprising: "traffic passing from the rear is the biggest risk to a bicyclist" is a myth. In a chart she showed me afterward, when comparing types of accidents with bicyclists, getting hit from the rear is the least likely kind of accident. The most likely cause of accidents — 25% — was riding in the wrong direction. Poor lighting is another problem cited (and cited separately from rear-end collisions).

I was getting kind of jaded about the whole thing.  For the question in my mind was, "if I do all this stuff, how much can I reduce my risk?"  As best I could tell from anecdotal experience, even if I'm a perfect cyclist, my odds are not that much better than if I was not that good.

I decided to dig around a bit and found the Crash-Type Manual for Bicyclists by Carol Tan and The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center [although the information resides at The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center.] It's a detailed summary of a study (although inconveniently stored in 73 separate PDF files) on the underlying causes of bicycle accidents. Indeed accidents from the rear are comparatively rare (less than 3%), much more likely on roads higher than 60 KPH (37 MPH), and much more likely in unlit areas at night.

In perusing the data, I noted that by using the same techniques to avoid an accident while driving an automobile, I can avoid the vast majority of the accident types between a bicycle and a car. From there, I can further reduce my risk by being seen: in cases where the bicyclist was otherwise not doing anything out of the ordinary, most of the accidents could be attributed to the driver not seeing the cyclist. It's rather obvious to say this, but most drivers don't want to get into an accident, even with a cyclist — and it's clear from watching a busy roadway that they're generally excellent at not colliding with stuff.

And much of the advice Triest gave was along the same lines: be seen, behave like a car, and don't not behave like a car — stand your ground. By following this advice, it's unlikely you'll ever be in an accident on a bicycle, at least with a car. And if you do get into such an accident, it can be traced to not following that advice.

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This afternoon from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) Life and Learning Services (339 East Ave.) is their Spring Fling Open House featuring artwork by the Atelier participants. [source: City Newspaper]

Dr. James Manning discussion of 1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies at this evening's Thursday Thinkers has been postponed. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith of The New York States Senate will be hosting a meeting discussing The Federal Stimulus Package tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The University of Rochester's Advancement and Alumni Center (300 East River Rd.). [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a lecture by David Stork titled When Computers Look at Art: Image Analysis in Humanistic Studies of the Visual Arts starting at 7 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The False British AccentsMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman Women's Chorus. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Berlin - Alexanderplatz starting at 8 p.m. about a man released from prison trying to make ends meet in turn-of-the-century Berlin. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Tonight in Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) at 8 p.m. is Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair discussing The Happy Mutant's Guide to the Modern Maker Movement. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Really good ambient/drone band Arms and SleepersGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Turbines will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Pure Kona Open Mic Poetry will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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JayceLand Pick In conjunction with Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair's visit, The RIT Make Club will be holding a Workshop today from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Carlson Auditorium at The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at RIT (1 Lomb Memorial Dr., building #76) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting Domestic Violin starting around 3 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the opening reception for their Masters Invitational featuring Carl Chiarenza, Andrew Davidhazy, Kitty Hubbard, and John Retallack. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at German House (315 Gregory St.) is the 9th Anniversary Show of The Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv TroupeMySpace link starting at 6:30 p.m. [source: Nuts and Bolts e-mail]

Tonight at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is The BeaumontsMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting Ra Ra RiotGarageBand linkMySpace link, The Passion Pit, and Cut Off Your HandsMySpace link starting around 7:45 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Tonight at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Clearly From NegligenceMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is WalriMySpace link, and Miss Christie Grace. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Ossia New Music will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Of Time and the City starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. An essay of the recent past of Liverpool, England. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Ben Lawler will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [18+]

Tonight at TiLT Nightclub and Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) at 9:30 p.m. is the RAWR: Dinosaur Rave. [source: RocWiki calendar] [17+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. is Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: Geva Theatre website]

Tonight probably starting around 7 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is the Subversive Komedy Fest. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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Top Pick Today at 2:30 p.m., Rochester Parkour (a.k.a. "free running") presents a Beginner Parkour Workshop at Manhattan Square Park (130 Chestnut St.). Visit their website for an agreement to release them from responsibilty (as you can get hurt) if you're interested in participating. [source: RocWiki calendar]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) is the Closing Reception for The Bone Lab. [source: City Newspaper]

Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting The FitoversMySpace link, The HoodiesMySpace link, The SunstreakMySpace link, Surprise SurpriseMySpace link, and Cry to the BlindMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [16+]

Today at 8 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Whole Lotta Shakin'MySpace link. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Ezra and the Storm starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Eastman Virtuosi will perform at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La graine et la mulet (The Secret of the Grain) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. An unemployed man attempts to open a floating restaurant. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting The Summit starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [18+]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is AutoverseMySpace link. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [21+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is PterodactylMySpace link, a perfection of clean, crisp rock-and-roll from Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link, and great motley folk from Baby Shiver's BoutiqueMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) Youth Center (875 E. Main St.) is a Rochester Pride 2009 Volunteer Update and Recruitment Meeting. [source: Gay Alliance website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra starting at 3 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

Today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is The Kathleen O'Keefe School of Irish Dance. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Max of Eastman Place (387 E. Main St.) will be hosting Who You Are starting around 6 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Mobile DeathcampMySpace link, Abdicate, RabidMySpace link, and Infernal AbyssMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) is the Mexican Monday Dinner with people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link. Remember that Paola's is scheduled to close this year, so get your Mexican on! [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Once again, Norm Davis will host Wide Open Mic tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Eastman Wind Ensemble will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick In theory, there is another Emerging Filmmakers Program tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:15 p.m., but I haven't heard anything about it so your guess is as good as mine. As soon as I get the details I'll post the films.

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

JayceLand Pick At today's Books Sandwiched-In in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m., Elaine Spaull will review Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Dog Walkers Against Crime (D.W.A.C.) meets tonight for an Informational Meeting at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [source: City Newspaper] [21+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Chafed Elbows starting at 8 p.m. followed by No More Excuses at 9 p.m. Two more of Robert Downey, Sr.'s nearly abstract films — possibly the most challenging humor you'll ever try to figure out fast enough to laugh at. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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April Fool's Day

Muddy Waters Coffee Shop (752 S. Goodman St.) will be celebrating their First Anniversary with Pop featuring Harold Copp. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. is a Pre-Concert Talk at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) prior to the performance by The Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) starting at 8 p.m. A love-triangle forms between "a disabled newspaper vendor, lemonade seller, and porter." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Handsome FursMySpace link, The Cinnamon BandMySpace link, The Sister LoversMySpace link, and The WhiskersMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) is a Comedy Open Mic with Michael GatelyMySpace link. [source: Comedy Club website]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

The Comedy UndergroundMySpace link will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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