Ride the center line

Dude, why are you riding in the middle when you have a lane 30 feet to the right?

Dude, why are you riding in the middle when you have a lane 30 feet to the right?

Yesterday afternoon, as our intrepid team of web designers was putting the last touches on this fancy new website of ours, a few members of the editorial dept. went for a ride downtown. We were hunting for a cover shot of the city for a story coming next week about, well, downtown. Cruising down East Market, we encountered this dude in the photo here, riding his bike almost on the center line — between two lanes of traffic going opposite directions. 

 

Not sure why he was doing this, as he didn’t turn soon after. Of course, there is the dedicated bike lane about 30 feet to his right. In fact, it’s against city law not to use the bike lane if one is there. What the hell? 

I’ve written a lot about cycling, and commute via bike 3-5 times a week when the weather is not insane. I try to obey as many traffic laws as possible. Most importantly, I try not to make drivers too uncomfortable with the presence of a cyclist near the car. I’ve found this most often translates into a mutual kind of respect of space. People like this — who a handful of drivers that day will surely remember as a jackass — screw it up for the rest of us. 

Lead editorial designer Ben Schneider snapped this pic from the back seat of my car. That’s my sideburn in the mirror. Yeah. 

So … while we were trolling downtown, this web team of ours was trying out a soft launch of the new, vastly improved LEOWeekly.com (with apologies to the paisley of our old site — good riddance). By soft launch we mean that the thing’s pretty close, but not quite right all the way here yet, so bear with us as we figure out the last few elements and deliver something pretty damn close to an excellent website. It’s a culture change for LEO Weekly, which has always given prominence to print. That’s changing, like the rest of the world. 

Thanks for reading, and keep up with our constantly changing content every day, right here and at our other blogs: Bluegrass Catastrophe, The Bar Belle and Score!, our excellent new sports blog.

7 Comments

  1. Heather
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Ah, its good to live on the edge isn’t it? Looks like that guy won’t be living long.

    Congratulations on the new & improved site. Digging it already.

  2. john
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    What is with the guy’s face being blurred? This is a blog, not Google Street View. Show his face and let us shame him.

  3. Mark
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Nice shot of the “burns”…..but I’m going to miss the title general sense of outrage!

  4. j
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Some of the text on the new LEO site rocks. A few articles have type so large a person across the room just read the article. Not a criticism… I know it will be addressed… but it’s fun for the moment.

  5. sgeorge
    Posted October 12, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Haha. Yes, there is some fine tuning to be done. Thanks for noting.

  6. Larry Moscoe
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    “Fine tuning” – I never thought I would say it, but I miss the old website. One of the few “features” I access every week is what you used to call “Erosia,” the letters to the editor. I can’t find it on the new site anywhere.

    Lots of “fine tuning” to do. If it is not “fine tuned” rapidly, I will simply stop accessing the site.

    Despite what you say, the current quality of the website makes me think you are trying to encourage people to pick up the print version.

  7. sgeorge
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Thanks Larry. We know about the Inbox (we stopped calling it Erosia months ago) issue, and it’s being dealt with.