Aloha Means Goodbye

I don’t know what it is about the stretch of Aloha Street eastbound from 19th to 23rd Avenues. There’s a four-way stop at 19th. A light and “T” intersection at 23rd. Two schools (St. Joe’s; Holy Names). A single narrow lane in each direction. For whatever reason, this stretch seems to be the epicenter – indeed, the Hellmouth – of anti-bike behavior on my commute. Downtown? Pike Street? 12th Avenue? I hardly ever have issues. But this scant stretch of Aloha, which I only travel on for 2-3 blocks . . . I’ve been tailgated, honked at, flipped off, passed on the right and passed on the left.

I take the lane, but it’s THREE BLOCKS. And they’re short blocks. And I ride through there at close to 20 mph. I have no idea why so many of the drivers on this stretch are such asshats.

Sure, it looks peaceful . . .

I could avoid this stretch of Aloha, but the alternate route has less visibility. Plus, this is my neighborhood, for christsakes.

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  1. ha!

    try crossing 10th-ave-e when traveling westbound on e-aloha toward braodway-e (where it reads “do not enter” but is also posted “except bicycles”) enough times and you will have people swerve at you head-on while screaming something to the effect “…it is one-way for everyone!!!”.

    of course, it is not a one-way street and the bicycle exception has been there for years. actually stopped and “educated” a motorist once and he was apologetic after looking in vain for the one-way-street sign(s).

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