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  • Retrorockit
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    A new bum has moved in and the graffitti is back. The bum pulled a piece of concrete out of the bridge abutment and broke it up all over the bike path.
    There was a witness, but Mexicans on bicycles usually don't want to talk to the police.
    My local police are now refusing to patrol that area. They say it's the Highway Patrols area. Good luck with getting the State Police to do community policing. So city and county have bailed out on this.
    But there is hope. Since now the bridge is being damaged I called the high way maintenance dept. and asked them if they could fence in around the abutment instead of across the top. Maybe this will put a stop to the micro ghetto scene that's forming up there. The guy seemed receptive to this.

  • Retrorockit
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    What happened next is kind of interesting. I didn't ride there a few days. Partly concerned about blowback from the evicted bums. Next time I rode though going into town, no bums, no broken bottles.But some new obscene graffitii painted on the Greenway.
    When I rode back it had already been painted over. So something has changed there.There are a lot of people who jog and walk their pets there. Their kids too. Anyway it looks like they're taking this seriously for a change.

  • Retrorockit
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    A little more drama on the Greenway. I always stop and clear broken bottles off of the path on my way into town during the day so I don't run over them at night on the way back. Most of the bottles are next to the high way and you can tell they came from passing vehicles. But the other day I found one up under an overpass on the Greenway. No way it came from a car, and too close to the guard rail to have come from a passing boat. Also harder to see being in the shade. There is a bum that's been sleeping up under that bridge for about a week. I've never seen a LEO there ever. I cleaned it up. When I came back the next day there were broken bottles all over the place , and the bum was there this time. He didn't see the connection between himself, and the broken bottles (2 things that don't belong there). It was an interesting experience reporting the vandalism. I seem to be the only person in the county who actually knows who has jurisdiction over that area. I called the City of Davie where I live (they own it). They were confused as usual about where it was, and if they were responsible, and they transferred me to the County and the County Sherrid had to explain it to them for me. Once upon a time it was a lucrative speed trap on SR84 called Hacienda Village (trailer park with it's own police and jail) that The Town of Davie annexed. But now that the interstate, and Turnpike run through there they seem to have lost interest in it.
    There is another bum there who appears to be a bicycle thief. Different bike every few days, and extra wheel sets being swapped around. Spray paint too.But late at night when he and the bikes are there the police actually don't answer the phone. I doubt if they could find the place anyway.
    So it looks like the bum has been removed. His bundle is gone. I cleaned up all the glass that was still there yesterday evening. I'll have to wait and see what happens next.

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  • Retrorockit
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    I tested my tailgater theory once by driving off the road onto the grass to let the tailgater go by. They followed me off the road, and then blew their horn at me for "making" them run off the road.

  • Retrorockit
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    Well I spoke too soon. Tailgaters around here just do whatever the car in front is doing. They don't actually drive their own cars. So I had one driver run the red light, and #2 was right behind. They were going too fast for the air horn to make much difference. It's funny how they ignore a red light but slam on the brakes for a one finger salute. Stopping right in the middle of the pedestrian crossing. Then he pulled ahead and stopped again, then drove off. I guess he was exploring all of his possible bad options

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  • Retrorockit
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    I gave it a couple weeks to settle down. Now the drivers seem to have gotten used to the idea of stopping there. Maybe one car will stretch the yellow a little. But mostly they just stop.
    The added pedestrian crossing signs really do seem to be working. If you have a place where drivers seem to be acting badly, get in a car and see what they see ( or don't see). maybe the road department can fix it.
    That first crossing at night was pretty hairy though!

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  • Retrorockit
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    When I say it's the only way I mean there is no other road provided that you can realistically ride from Davie to Ft.Lauderdale. Even on a 1500W outlaw Ebike.
    The cloverleaf exchange from I 95,I 595,FL Turnpike, and State road 7 can't be ridden safely at less than about 50mph. Even then it has several memorials placed there where people have died.
    Last edited by Retrorockit; 02-17-2021, 07:10 AM.

  • Retrorockit
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    I've had time to digest this new info. and it seems I still have to wait and see what car #2, and #3 are going to do before crossing. There is the not unlikely possibility that car#2 will just swerve into the emergency lane and blast through at 70mph. Not an unusual tactic around here. The traffic engineers have already hung an extra traffic signal over that lane. This would leave car #3 to slam into the stopped vehicle ahead and shove them into the pedestrian crossing also. The only safe bet is the one you make after the roulette wheel stops turning.

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  • Retrorockit
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    It's the only entrance to that end of the greenway. One way in, one way out of the greeenway. This 2 mile piece of the greenway is isolated from the rest of it. From Ft.Lauderdale to Davie this is all there is. There is about a 1/4 mile gap at this point. Then it continues uninterrupted except for crossing major roads all the way to the Everglades at Markham Park in Weston. I feel lucky that they bothered to build this at all.
    Last edited by Retrorockit; 02-13-2021, 09:37 AM.

  • 73Eldo
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    So this crosswalk is how you get to the greenway? Or its an alternate to the greenway?

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  • Retrorockit
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    Let them eat airbags

    My previous post was about a school crossing in a quiet residential area. Lets step up to the high stakes table where the big boys play.
    It's called State Road 84 West. It has a very theoretical speed limit of 45mph. It's actually the off ramp from I-95, and the Florida Turnpike coming from urban Miami Dade County into the sprawling suburbs of west Broward County. It used to get gridlocked at the first traffic light, but they created a through lane that doesn't stop except when the rarely used pedestrian crossing is activated .
    That's where I come in. Walled of from the highway is a Greenway that connects the Town of Davie to Ft. lauderdale. It does nothing else. It by passes all other roads and neighborhoods along the way.
    It is also the ONLY connection that doesn't involve riding on high speed highways with no bike lanes. It bypasses a very busy cloverleaf in State Road 84. It's almost unkown, and therefore unused. A few joggers, and dog walkers that live at the east end of it and that's about it.
    When they put in the through lane they added a warning light 100yards down the road that says "Prepare To Stop' when the crosswalk is activated. All this did was get the already speeding drivers to drive faster to make the light. Usually 3 people would run the crosswalk before anyone stopped, all of them accelerating. When driving my car one day I took a look at this from the drivers perspective. DOT had not bothered to put any "Pedestian Crossing" signs along the road. That and the hidden Greenway explains why the drivers "saw" no reason to stop.
    So I brought this to the attention of the DOT. After lengthy investigation, they decided that yes signage would be a good idea and 4 months later as if by magic 2 signs appeared. One near the "Prepare To Stop" sign was a Pedestrian placard and the word AHEAD added below. Then AT the crosswalk there was another placard with a big arrow pointing down at the crosswalk. They are both behind the concrete wall where the drivers can't get at them.
    Now it's time to test the new signage. I was riding back at early evening and stopped at the crosswalk. Hit the button, and turned on my Niterider daytime strobe light and aimed it at the painted crosswalk. So we have a flashing" Light Prepare to Stop", then a Ped Xing AHEAD sign, Then another Ped XING Here sign, and a painted crosswalk rapidly strobing in the dark.
    Holy shit! It worked! For the first time ever someone stopped for the red traffic light there. Of course this is Florida so it can't be that simple.
    Cars #2, and #3 were still accelerating to make the light. This would be a much better story back in the days before Antilock Brakes. But they both ended up crossed up in the emergency lane to avoid hitting the stopped SUV, and each other. Of course they were blowing their horns at the driver who stopped for the pedestrian crossing. SoFla road rage at it's finest.
    Last edited by Retrorockit; 02-13-2021, 08:37 AM.
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