where are you more comfortable? Road or Pavement

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where do you prefer to skate when travelling at speed?

on the road
38
78%
on the pavement
11
22%
 
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where are you more comfortable? Road or Pavement

Postby Joniquai » Thu Mar 25, 2004 8:07 pm

When travelling at speeds (I'm no expert but I reckon usually around 15mph+) I will more often than not feel more comfortable on roads, I just wondered what other people think? I'm not on about skating in groups or organised street skates, just your average miz around town or whatever!

I feel safer because I needn't worry about people walking dogs, car doors opening, cars reversing out of their driveways etc. Infact I see myself much as a cyslist in this sense. However, motorists can never see my point that I am safer on the roads!

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Postby Pete » Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:39 am

Well, it depends on surfaces, conditions, environment in general - how many people around, how much traffic, even sometimes night time or daytime!

Too many variables, as my old Spectrum 48k used to tell me.

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Postby Naomi » Fri Mar 26, 2004 9:57 am

depends on traffic.

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Postby blob » Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:00 am

I am kinda with you. Feel safer on the road most of the time.
But you do have to jungle between the two to avoid getting run over.

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Postby Mickey2Names » Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:02 am

Depends on the situation - my speed, traffic volume and speed on road/pavement, quality and width of road/pavement, etc. etc.

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Postby Jex » Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:03 am

Yeah, early in the morning, I feel better on the roads since they are smoother and less trafic, but in the daytime, I wouldn't want to risk it.

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Postby Kost » Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:16 am

usually pavement for me cause its smoother...

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Postby Xia » Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:47 am

impossible to answer, depends so much on the condition...
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Postby Look no Skywater » Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:00 pm

Prefer the road but I'm comfy on either and skate both as appropriate.

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Postby Gerbil » Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:05 pm

Well I thouhgt about this yesterday on the way to the rollerdisco since we skated largely on the pavement and I thought to my self "Id prefer to be on the road" where as normally I would think the other way I normally alternate anyway on the road mostly but if a bus is trying to stop on top of me I jump up on to the pavment.

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Postby gummidge » Fri Mar 26, 2004 1:02 pm

In the gutter.

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Postby tomkitten » Fri Mar 26, 2004 1:18 pm

both, depending on where the gaps are.

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Postby Bry » Fri Mar 26, 2004 1:37 pm

Pavement unless it's really quiet.. but then that goes with my skills level... the better a skater you are, the more likely you are to be confident on roads in whatever conditions.

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Postby GumbieBEN » Fri Mar 26, 2004 3:11 pm

Road.... cars hold little fear for me, but I hate pavements, always scared shit less that some pedestrian is gonna jump out somewhere.

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Postby Juicy Lucy » Fri Mar 26, 2004 3:11 pm

i always feel like drivers are more aware, alert and predictable than most pedestrians

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Postby Slezzer » Fri Mar 26, 2004 3:23 pm

design8r wrote:usually pavement for me cause its smoother...


A Parisian complaining about road surfaces....

Personally I use a mix of pavement and road depending on conditions.

What scares me most about traffic is that drivers look out of their window and see someone in a vaguely upright position and assume that you are a pedestrian travelling at 2mph, they never seem to consider the fact that you might be going at closer to 15mph.

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Postby Juicy Lucy » Fri Mar 26, 2004 3:25 pm

Slezzer wrote:they never seem to consider the fact that you might be going at closer to 15mph.
true...

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Postby Joniquai » Fri Mar 26, 2004 3:43 pm

GumbieBEN wrote:Road.... cars hold little fear for me, but I hate pavements, always scared poo less that some pedestrian is gonna jump out somewhere.


exactly mt fear too ben- that or some stupid git reversing their car out of their driveway and not looking out for anything but cars!

I too use a mix of pavements and roads, but I meant to express that I am typically more comfortable at high speeds on roads. Of course there are exceptions (i.e deserted pavements, high speed roads etc....) but lets not get bogged down by the little details!

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Postby Mick » Fri Mar 26, 2004 4:00 pm

More comfortable on the road usually. I always worry about peds stepping out of doorways, and skating quickly on the pavement is intimidating for people who're not expecting it, understandably. I feel vulnerable in traffic though so it all depends on conditions. Backroads at night is my favourite.

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Postby SLiMKRaZy » Fri Mar 26, 2004 6:04 pm

90% of the pavements are in such bad condition it's just hard work. I prefer the roads but when I spot a black cab I fear for my life.


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