Last week in class my favorite part was riding the tandem bike! I really enjoyed this experience riding through out golden gate park. I had never really even seen someone riding a tandem bike in person so I was very nervous. This experience was pretty hard to get used to because when you are on the back and when. you are on the front it is two totally different things. When your riding on the back you have no control over the braking, steering, or change of gears. this is a weird feeling because if you want to slow down you have to rely on the other person. however the weirdest thing for me was pedaling and knowing I was biking but not being able to see what was In front of the or where we were going. After we completely crashed and fell over we started communicating more and we started to get the hang of it. By the end of the day we were really in sync and stopping and starting were much easier. I really like the idea of a tandem bike because it has the aerodynamics of a regular bike but the man power of two! Overall I loved the tandem bike and I would for sure do it again
For me evidence that is most convincing is expert testimony and pictures. I like expert testimony because I like hearing evidence from a person because it makes me feel like i can trust what they are saying and it keeps me engaged rather then looking at random numbers that i don’t understand.( However i do know for some people this is the most effective way) But the reason i like expert testimony rather then a regular narrative is because in a expert testimony the person is an expert in the field relating to the controversy not just a random person with there own personal opinions. I also think that pictures can be very effective. For me personally they are good because i am a visual learner so a picture really helps me see whats happening. I espeacsilly liked the pictures in the “connecting the city” video because they showed evidence of what the streets and bike lanes how they are now. However they also added to the images what they expect it to look like with the new added bike ways. I also feel like people use personal experiences as there own evidence to evaluate problems. For me i noticed that i used my own personal experiences when evaluating the debate on the panhandle bike ways. I feel like the bike lane that is already in the panhandle is very safe and good for biking. I feel like after observing the cars on fell that road is mostly used for commuting so if you take away a lane to add a bike lane it could cause a lot of traffic. I feel that because of my own experiences they should leave the panhandle the way it is and not add another bike way when they have a perfectly good one right there!
In class last week after we recorded data in the panhandle we went to the sf bike coalition from there we went to Golden Gate park. I biked half of the day and according to my strava I biked over 5 miles!! When I saw that that is how much we biked I felt very accomplished and I didn’t even care how tired all of the hills made me because it was worth it! This trip also made me feel a lot more comfortable with riding a bike because we got to go on so many different paths and bike ways. I can’t wait for next weeks adventures!
- How have you guys worked to make biking in San Francisco more practical over the years?
- How effective has the bike share program been?