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Letter from the Editor…… This month‟s issue gives me some serious chills, a little shorter than most but what we might lack in quantity we make up for with quality!

Cover Rock Calender


In this issue, we have the honor of speaking with singing legend Ronny Munroe - yes, THAT Ronny Munroe, he of Metal Church, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and of an incredible solo career. We are privileged to have Ronny spend some time from his busy career to speak with CV NorthWest. This is an interview that sets the bar for us.

Ronny Monroe Interview


Night of Pink Write Up




Billy Idol in Seattle


We also sit down with Mechanism, a Seattle band who‟s intensity and showmanship onstage is rivaled only by their friendliness and good nature off stage. Those guys are humble and thankful for being able to play music, and their show is a testament to their pure joy and love for performing.

Nester’s ‘67 Firebird


A Chat with Mechanism


Reader’s Tattoos


We also had the incredible opportunity to send Sherry and Tony to the Billy Idol concert in Seattle on October 26th, courtesy of the folks at AEG Live. You can see the awesome pictures and excellent write up in this issue - and this is only the beginning for CV NorthWest.

Sick Boys Tattoo


Splintered Throne CD Release


The Black Top


I have an incredible staff of people, great opportunities in the future (sorry, won‟t open that bag just yet), and I honestly think that the best is yet to come as we steam towards our 1 year anniversary. ENJOY, and as always, thank you for reading CV NorthWest, it is YOU that make us what we are today...the #1 custom lifestyle magazine in the Pacific NW.

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Sits down with CV NorthWest Magazine! CVNW: How did your interest in music begin?

I loved music from the start, I used to take the pots and pans out of the cupboard and beat on them with spoons, much to mom's dismay. As the years went by it progressed into something much more. CVNW: When did you first realize you had the ability to really shine as a musician?

I first knew that I was pretty good when I won a drumming competition when I was 13 or 14. That is of course before I started singing. CVNW: What/Who would you say influenced your musical style the most? How would you describe your style today?

I have a lot of different influences from back then like Dio, Maiden, Priest, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and many more and I notice that I'm still finding influences to this day. There are a lot of great musicians out there. I would describe my style as all those influences and my own flavor all wrapped up in one. I think we all have a little of our influences come out from time to time as musicians. CVNW: When and where was your first official concert? Were you nervous?

I think it was Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way WA, and no I was not nervous surprisingly. I was watching and waiting for more bodies to come through the door. Another sign of how I was meant to do this I guess. CVNW: How did you get the gig with Metal Church? What I mean is that I seem to remember that you auditioned for a project, but that Kurdt decided to recreate Metal Church after the audition. How did that play out?

I auditioned for "Vanderhoof", Kurdt‟s solo band and after that I brought up MC and that I would really like to do that; finally with a lot of poking and prodding he decided to bring MC back with me as the vocalist. CVNW: What did Metal Church provide for you from a career perspective that you believe really launched you?

Metal Church afforded me the chance to become a professional musician/ rock star so to speak, and to travel most of the world. This business works on levels and that bumped me up a few. CVNW: How did the breakup of Metal Church affect you, since it was such a huge part of your early career? This is a personal question, so you don’t have to answer it, I’ll understand if you don’t feel comfortable.

It was sad at first but after I got over it or at least came to peace with it. I moved on and did two solo releases and two tours with TSO, so it's not like I disappeared :-) This business is tough and you have to have thick skin. I think perseverance has a lot to do with it. Never give up, period!

CVNW: Where is your favorite place to play? Everywhere, it doesn't matter, under the right circumstances. CVNW: Where would you say is the craziest place you’ve played? I've had some really good times in Europe but as far as crazy, I think a show I did in Minnesota if you can believe that was the most insane. I won't go into details :-) CVNW: Where do you think your most enthusiastic fans are? Myself and Metal Church are lucky enough to have great fans all over the place. Heavy Metal has very loyal and dedicated fans for the most part. CVNW: Where are some of the most memorable places you’ve played? I really enjoyed Austria a few years ago as well as Sweden and Switzerland. It's very beautiful there. CVNW: The list of artists you’ve performed alongside is incredible – who are some of those artists that really stood out for you? What, if anything, did you learn by performing with a laundry list of top musical artists? I really enjoyed being able to meet Ronnie James Dio a few years before he passed. Ronnie was great to me in the time we had to talk. He was very good to his fans and always remembered names. So what I learned from him and many others is to be professional and humble. CVNW: Any plans for another solo album after “Lords of the Edge” last year? That album received pretty damn good reviews, what’s next in your musical career? I will be taking a break from the solo thing after doing some shows in NY in November and then focusing on Metal Church and another project I have called FireWolfe. After all that dies down I will put out another release, which I already have a few songs for. CVNW: You’ve been singing with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra nearly a year now we believe, what is that experience like for you? Getting to do two full tours with TSO is and was a dream come true. We will see what happens with them and myself in the future. CVNW: What message do you try to convey with your music? What do you hope to accomplish with it? I try and always give a positive message without standing on a soap box. As far as accomplishing anything with my songs, I just hope people enjoy them and get something out of them in one way or another. To be honest I'm happy that I have people that want to hear my music. CVNW: What was the most important lesson you learned from Maestro Kyle? To stay focused and be confident in my abilities. He was a good man and a great teacher. CVNW: What are you most proud of as an artist? Just the fact that people want to hear my music makes me proud. CVNW: When all is said and done, how do you want people to remember Ronny Munroe? I want to be remembered for being a good and caring person that just so happened to write a few good songs. To have someone with the rock stardom and pedigree of Ronny Munroe take time from his busy and successful career and answer our questions is an honor and a privilege that this magazine will never forget. Friendly and humble about his fame, Ronny Munroe is a true artist, and we appreciate him and wish him all the best.

From the Desk of DREAMSCAPE THEATRE Nearly six months in the making, Night of Pink was held on October 12, 2012, at the Bossanova Ballroom as the fall installation of the quarterly event, Night of Kink. Featuring DJs, a wild dance party, and high-caliber stage performances, this event raised over $500 that was donated directly to the Karen Mullen

Breast Cancer Foundation. With nearly two years‟ experience of planning and producing Night of Kink, I felt a strong desire to produce a show that continued to capture the essence of free expression and unbridled creativity the Night of Kink has come to represent, but to also be able to give back to the community in a positive way by donating a portion of our door sales to a non-profit organization. As Night of Pink was borne out of a late night brainstorming session, the non-profit organization that we worked with was borne out of fate and family relations: beginning in the Summer of 2012, my sister, Minta Crafts, began working with the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation as their Development Director. After meeting with the Board of Directors, Minta was given to go-ahead to form a partnership with Night of Kink to produce a special benefit evening. I believe strongly in creating an event with authenticity. Early on the planning phase, I realized that I wanted to collaborate with people who have a personal story of battling cancer. The poster models that were chosen were two close personal friends, Paul Matera and Krystaal Rain, who are both cancer survivors. Night of Kink co-producer, Nathan Trowbridge, got involved early on to help with the concept and ultimately to photograph. The event was hosted by MCs Jay Lieber and Zora Phoenix, and stayed true to its roots, and featured some of Portland‟s finest stage performers, with a special appearance by Soma Snakeoil, who came all the way up from Los Angeles to perform for the evening. We brought in volunteers to cater specifically to the VIP Lounge, and served them up pink cupcakes throughout the night. We also had a special presentation of Total Domination Wrestling in the VIP Lounge. The stage performances were spectacular as always. A few personal highlights included an air cannon shooting confetti over Blake Hicks as he did a handstand on his BMX bike, the lovely and mesmerizing tribal bellydance of Nagasita, and the always-outstanding dance and entertainment of Russell Bruner, Sugar Kane, and the Pink Lady. Chaach and Mellonhead each played DJ sets, and after five hours of dancing and performing, Night of Pink came to a close at 2:00 a.m. With the help of our dedicated and efficient volunteer crew, we broke down the furniture, the sets, and the portable stages, and headed over to Eros Nyx for the after-party. If you want to know what happened there, you‟ll just have to come to our next event on January 25—VILLANS & SUPERHERORS: A COSPLAY PARTY—„cuz what happens at the after-party stays at after-party.

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at the Showbox SODO in Seattle Billy Idol rocks Seattle in honor of local musician Michael Henrichsen's birthday We all know Billy Idol as the 80‟s pop icon and one of the most popular artists in the early days of MTV. Over the years he has gained countless fans with his catchy songs and memorable melodies. Even though he has enjoyed an incredibly successful career that spans decades he remains resilient and put on a performance that could easily rival what he was doing at the height of the band‟s popularity. At this point Billy seems intent on “giving back” and this concert in Seattle was no exception. Before I get into the actual concert review it's important to bring to light the reason for Billy's first concert here in the Seattle area since 2010. Enter local Seattle musician Michael Henrichsen. Michael launched a 2 year long relentless campaign requesting for Billy to play his birthday. Michael is undoubtedly an innovative thinker. He got his friend friend, Jim Stamper, to build him a website, and he promoted the site initially by putting a video on youtube of himself holding a boombox playing the track Mony Mony in Pike Place market dancing and singing. The video went viral and gained a ton of attention but that was only the beginning. He and his friends hung a huge banner over I-5 and also went to Billy directly with a non-stop twitter campaign. He still hadn't reached his goal and Michael began to solicit celebrities to join in his efforts. When comedian Kevin Nealon came to Seattle for his standup routine Henrichsen got him on a 12-second video, telling Idol, "You gotta come to Seattle next October to do Michael's birthday. It's gonna be awesome." He was able to get more celebs such as musician Rick Springfield, former Seattle Mariner Jay Buhner and even porn star Ron Jeremy to endorse the show as well. At that point local media began to take notice. Google news alerts made their way to Idol's management. They called Henrichsen and told him they liked the campaign and appreciated what he was doing, but that they couldn't make a commitment at that time. Unfortunately his birthday in 2011 came and went but he was steadfast and persevered. Finally, last August, Idol's management called from Japan, while on tour and agreed to bring his band to play the party. Throughout the 2 year process Michael put together his own 80s cover band Nite Wave. Not only did Billy play Henrichsen's birthday, Michael got to share the stage and perform with his band as the opening act. Now that we have gone over the amazing history of the event it's time to get into the concert itself. The show took place October 26th, the first night of Halloween weekend. When I arrived with our photographer Sherry Keith of Mystic Photography there was a long line spanning down the street as the sold out crowd of 1800 eagerly awaited a night of great music and good times.

Concert Photos courtesy of Mystic Photography

Before long we were inside and Nite Wave took the stage. Michael is a brilliant talent in his own right and the band came out with a nearly perfect rendition of “I Ran” by Flock of Seagulls. The crowd went crazy as they played through a well-polished set of 80‟s pop hits from Prince, The Beastie Boys and many others. As I scanned the room everyone was smiling, dancing and by all accounts having a fantastic time. They left the stage to a thunderous applause and the room filled with anticipation of Billy Idol taking the stage. As we all waited for Billy's performance I walked around the venue and was surprised to see what a diverse fan base was in attendance. The crowd spanned multiple generations and a wide scope of people from rockers and punkers to business men and women. Everyone was getting along and having the time of their life! The energy in the room was nothing short of electrifying. The lights went out and Billy took the stage. The crowd surged forward, abandoning the long lines at the bar, to get a good spot on the floor to enjoy the show. From the first second Billy Idol and his band took the stage it was clear we were all in for an amazing show. Billy looked great and his long time guitarist Steve Stevens was in rare form. They began to rock through their many hits like, Dancing With Myself, Flesh For Fantasy, and Eyes Without a Face along with a few songs that I myself am not familiar with. The crowd on the other hand was very familiar and was singing and dancing along with the tunes and clearly enjoying themselves. About half way through the set it dawned on me on how many great hits Billy has produced over the years and memories of my childhood, of watching him on MTV began to surface. It was breathtaking. Steve Stevens came out and played an incredible acoustic guitar solo, including a rendition of happy birthday clearly meant for Henrichsen. As a pop guitarist Stevens is radically under-rated. His virtuosity on the guitar rivals the fastest, most intense metal players around. They broke into more hit songs and worked their way into the tracks that made Idol's career: Rebel Yell, White Wedding and Mony Mony. Near the end of the set Billy called Michael Henrichsen on stage and led the entire sold out crowd in singing him happy birthday. You could tell Henrichsen was overwhelmed and I may have even seen a few tears of joy. There is no doubt that this was a birthday he will never forget. In summary I have to say this was one of the best concerts I have attended in quite a while. From great music and great people to world class sound and lights. Billy Idol is alive and well and performing as well, or better than he did in his prime. If you get a chance to catch him in concert don't even think twice. He will blow your mind!

Concert Article courtesy of Tony DeLisio

The story behind the car in Dave’s own words‌ I have had some medical issues over the last several years beginning with a heart defect that was never detected until 12 years ago. I was rushed into open heart surgery to replace my main aortic heart valve (I have had 4 major surgeries since 2001). My son Jacob was 3 at that time: he always carried around this model car, a silver Firebird, that he absolutely loved that car. In the back of mind I knew someday we would do a restore together. About 2 years ago I was at a party and someone mentioned that they had a 1967 Firebird that they wanted to get rid of. My son and I went the next day to look at it, it was about 1/2 mile from our house, and the rest is history. It was a long process but we worked together designing everything. Jacob is turning 15 and will get to drive it for the first time in a few weeks. It’s a bored out 400 stroker kit, aluminum heads, high flow carburetor, racing pistons, racing cam, high rise manifold with a NOS kit. 595 horsepower, transmission 3 speed automatic quick shift kit, rear end 411 posi, wheels 22" low profiled, matching frame & block, custom roll bar, original bucket seats with 4 point race harnesses. Widened body shell on front & rear 1/4 panels.



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The Interview

CVNW: How did you guys get together? Who was the catalyst for the band coming together? Ryan and I had been living out of state and moved back here to the Seattle right around the same time. We just happened to find each other online and realized we were living within a few miles of each other. We got together and did a quick jam and decided it would be cool to work together. While living in Seattle I had tracked my idea for Psycho with our drummer Saul Ashley. Ryan wrote and recorded vocals on the track and I loved it and Mechanism was born. It‟s ironic that several years later Saul moved up here from California and joined the band. In a way he was there from day 1. CVNW: How would you describe your musical style? Groove oriented Hard Rock with a Metal Edge to it. We are fairly heavy but we don't do the over the top cookie monster stuff CVNW: When was your first official show? We played the legendary Central Saloon January 3rd of 2008 CVNW: Where is the craziest place you've played? What about the coolest? One of our first shows we played a party at a bike gang clubhouse. We walked in and there were swastikas and all kinds of other stuff on the walls we really weren‟t into. Luckily everyone was nice and we made it out alive. The coolest show would have to be playing HempFest. What‟s not to like about playing for many thousands of people on the beautiful Seattle waterfront. We've done that twice actually. It rules! CVNW: Where do you think are the most enthusiastic fans? Most of us live in Tacoma and you would think it would be around here but our shows in Seattle are always amazing. We have also had some fantastic shows at the backstage in Tacoma CVNW: What are some of the most memorable shows/events you've played? We have been lucky enough to open for quite a few national acts as they come through on tour. Devin Townsend, Sanctuary, Dokken, WASP, Mindflow, Michael Schenker, George Lynch... The list goes on. Getting to share the stage with people we all look up to as musicians is always a thrill

CVNW: Who are some of the musical artists that have influenced you? We have all had many diverse influences. There are the obvious metal and hard rock bands like Pantera, Iron Maiden, Sabbath etc. But we all enjoy other musical styles as well and get influenced in some way by everything we hear. Classical, Jazz, Electronica, Goth/Industrial... It all plays a role in influencing our style and our sound. CVNW: What do you hope to accomplish with your music? We would all love to have successful careers, big houses and fast cars but at the end of the day music is our gift to the world and its own reward. With all the chaos going on in the world today, if we can take someone‟s mind off their troubles and put a smile on their face we feel very good about that. In 2013 we plan to continue branching out and making the transition from local to regional to national. CVNW: What message do you try to convey when you play? We try and tell stories with our music and do our best to take the listener or person in our audience to a different place. Our songs cover a lot of ground. Some are more fantastical like killing zombies or the chronicles of Riddick and others are based on personal experiences we have had. I wouldn‟t say we have an overall agenda on that front... We just like to rock. CVNW: Of all your songs, which one speaks the most to you guys as a group? Wow that's a tough one. I think I would have to say Illuminati. It was an early song for the band but it‟s definitely a fan (and band) favorite. Another one that's a bit more recent would be This Machine. CVNW: When all is said and done, how do you want people to remember you? We'd like to be remembered as a band with memorable songs, a high energy stage show and a friendly demeanor. Dime from Pantera is a great role model on that front. I never had a chance to meet him but from all accounts he was an amazing person and his guitar playing speaks for itself. CVNW: What are you most proud of as a group? It‟s hard to narrow it down to just one thing. Playing big shows with national acts, Being KISW 99.9 FM's Loud and local band of the week twice in 2011, headlining some of the cool festivals in the area. We are very proud of all those things. CVNW: How did it feel to be voted 2011 BAND OF THE YEAR by the listeners and hosts of Chaos: A Show for the Masses, what sense of accomplishment did that foster? It felt amazing. It was a huge honor and a big surprise. Rick "Mr. Spanky" Spangler the host of the show has been a huge Mechanism supporter and has made our track Psycho the theme song of the show. CVNW: We read somewhere that you were flown by a fan to play a show in Alaska, is that right? Well not a fan per se. I grew up in Alaska and from the late teens lost a lot of friends to things like car accidents, gun incidents and assorted unfortunate events. I used to run with a crowd called the Spenard Wrecking Crew (SWC) which was just a bunch of friends who liked to party for the most part. We were flown up to play the SWC reunion and memorial for all our fallen brothers and sisters. Getting to rock my home town with all my old friends...priceless! CVNW: Where does the band go from here - studio? Tour? What plans do you have for 2013? We are almost done with a new album and will be releasing that in early 2013 and will be doing regional touring to support the release. We are hoping to make our way into some new markets like California, Arizona and Nevada. We would also like to get a strong foothold in Portland and continue rocking for our fans here in the Seattle area

CVNW: When did you start to tattoo? I started tattooing in 1997 when I was about 19 years old. CVNW: Did you have any formal art training prior to purchasing your machines? I took art in school and always bugged every tattoo artist that I meet for information. CVNW: How would you describe your style? Very Diverse CVNW: Who or what are your major influences? Dave Martinez, Turtle, and Jack Rudy CVNW: Do you paint, or do any other art outside of tattooing? Yes, I love to work in a lot of different mediums. CVNW: What's the process when a client comes to you for a tattoo? First things first try to get on the same page as your client. I really try to get a good understanding of what they want and make him or her as comfortable here at my shop. I want them to have the best experience as they possibly can have. CVNW: Do you feel that things have changed since you have began to tattoo? I've seen so many things come around and go in and out of style, but it's cool because it keep's me on my toes. LOL.

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Splintered Throne: the KOUV RADIO Interview KOUV: This is RippnRoche with KOUV Radio recording Splintered Throne at their CD release party at Back Alley. I’ve got some of the members here and they are: Jason: This is Jason and I play guitar. Chris: This is Chris, I‟m drums. Dan: This is Dan, I play guitar. KOUV: We just want to ask a couple questions for the magazine and that will be it. Let’s see, where did you guys first form and when? JASON: I think Dan is the best equipped to answer that one; he‟s one of the original members. Dan: Splintered Throne is back from early 2000. Jason: 2004, 2005? Dan: Went through various changes throughout the years, a lot of great musicians. I got in with them in the early years and they just kept evolving, and I just got back together with Brian and the rest of these guys and it‟s just unbelievable musicianship. It‟s just incredible now the latest and greatest Splintered Throne is just unbelievable. It‟s great. KOUV: So when did the latest and greatest come out? Chris: The latest and greatest is the band we have right now. You know Brian, Brian has wanted to work with me and Jason for quite a while. We hooked up and it‟s been absolutely incredible ever since. It‟s just been frickin‟ awesome. KOUV: What do you think of the northwest music scene and where it’s going? Chris: I think there are a lot of good bands around here. I think that there are a lot of genres that get a lot of the same type of music, that kinda power metal groove kinda thing going. We‟re trying to do something a little different, take some old school influences and bring them to new influences, be somewhere kinda in between but not. We want to sound like what we are influenced by but not dated. There‟s a lot of bands that all sound the same that have, you know, singers that don‟t really sing. And that‟s the thing, and that‟s cool, but we want to do our own thing and be true to what we do and if people like it that‟s great. If they don‟t, you know as far as I‟m concerned, as long as we‟re happy that‟s all that matters. JASON: Yeah a lot of the bands over in Europe and stuff like that really tend to do the power metal thing. You know, we‟re all about the metal. You know we just do our thing and we try to “Splinterize” cover stuff when we can and it‟s just turning out to be awesome. KOUV: Alright “Splinterize”, I like that. Jason: I gotta add one thing and that is that I‟m not knockin‟ on any bands, I‟m just saying be original and do your own thing. But it‟s hard because right now there are so many bands. It‟s a phenomena all its own, it‟s been documented it‟s a piece of music history right now. We are trying to kind of find a bridge in between that. We want to do covers that we make our own and people recognize but they don‟t sound like, “Oh great, I just went and saw another cover band.” It‟s like “I saw these guys and he did this and he did that” and I mean like I said, tribute bands and cover bands are great for what they do, but we don‟t want to be just a cover band. We want to take stuff and show our own spin on it and our own influence. KOUV: Yeah and keep the original in there. Dan: Absolutely, the original stuff, you know I go way back to Progressive days and the Genesis and the Yes and stuff. Then I got introduced to Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin. So you know between us all, we‟re all just kind of melding that stuff together and it‟s just coming together just frickin‟ awesome, especially stuff like the Animals. KOUV: So where do you guys see yourselves in the near future? Jason: I don‟t know, playing music. You know it‟s hard because the music business is different than it was 10 or 15 or 20 years ago with internet and radio. I mean you can sell stuff, and get rid of stuff, and push stuff all over the world right now. So its kinda hard to say, you know. We‟re somewhere between where we‟re a hobby and where we‟re actually doing it professionally. For me, I‟d like to be doing it professionally but I know that may not happen. So as long as I can find a happy medium that keeps me happy as a musician and us putting music out to people that enjoy it and come see our shows cause we‟re playing live. As long as I can find a happy medium and just keep life chuggin‟ along as normal, I‟m a happy guy.

Chris: Yep as long as people want to come out and see Splintered Throne type music, you know we‟re all about it. If we can get to overseas and do some “customous” type of thing, you know that‟s where it‟s going to be at. You know it‟s a little bit different scene here in Portland and Vancouver area but you know we‟re hopefully going to change that, in the future. Dan: The key to Splintered Throne here is that we‟ve got not just a lot of experienced musicians, but we all got some great writing capabilities. We got a lot of stuff coming out on the horizon, a lot of variations. We got 2 guitar players, some melody, a strong low, low, low bass and Chris coming up on the drums just power, power, power and Brian‟s coming out with the vocals. It‟s just amazing. I really think that in the future you‟ll see quite a bit of variation and a lot of experimenting with all the tools we have. Me personally, I‟m just really excited „cause everything coming together, everyone gets along great. It‟s just the musicianship and the talent that we have and everything that‟s been pulling together. The stuff is going to be coming out and it‟s just going to be just unbelievable and it‟s just going to flat out be a blast, especially the play. If you get a chance come see Splintered Throne it‟s fun. Jason: Most fun with your clothes on! KOUV: Most fun with your clothes on, yeah baby! With that being said when is your next major show you want everyone to come out to? Jason: I don‟t know when this is going to air but playing with Vicious Rumors next Saturday, which is a band I‟ve been into since I was a kid learning how to play. (November 3rd) Yep, November 3rd. Then we‟re kinda having a little downtime. We‟re going to be writing and getting a bunch of stuff ready for our next record which we hope to put out sometime next year. When we come out in the spring or summer next year we‟re going to have a large amount, I would use the word I‟d like to use but we‟re on the radio, but we‟d use a large amount of some (a butt-load) yeah, a butt-load in its verbal sense, of both covers and the new material. And the direction we‟re going, we are hoping to do shows like back in the day where headliner bands would play for 2 hours and we had one opener. No more of this 4 bands stuff. We want people to come out and have a good time, have a big party with us, like a kegger you went to in high school. Come on out and have a good time, and … have some people really just enjoy it. KOUV: Right on. Well with that I’ll let you guys get back in and enjoy the show. I appreciate the time and this is KOUV Radio with Splintered Throne. Vancouver, WA

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Co-Existing with Bicycles: 10 Rules for Car Drivers Like it or not, this is the Pacific NW, and cyclists are here to stay. We automobile drivers NEED to be able to share the road with them, so asked bicycling advocates, bicyclingaccident attorneys and other experts to give their recommendations on how drivers can coexist more peacefully with bicyclists. In a companion story, we'll outline bicyclists' responsibilities. But for you drivers, here are our 10 rules of the road for driving near bicyclists.

1. Appreciate Bicyclist Vulnerability: A car weighs 2 tons or so, while the average bike is a mere 20 pounds; "In any collision, any physical interaction between car and bike, the bike always loses, you never see a collision where the bike rider came out less injured.�

2. Know Bicyclists' Rights: Drivers sometimes have little idea of the traffic laws that apply to bicyclists. A recent visitor to a message board discussing cyclists and motorists wanted to know why cyclists can't just use the sidewalks. In fact, bicycles in the roadway are considered vehicles. NHTSA says cyclists 10 years and older should behave as though they were vehicles on the street, riding in the same direction as other traffic that's going their way and following the same traffic rules. The cyclists, then, are on the same level as motorists.

3. Adjust That Attitude: Many motorists tend to think of cyclists as ''in their way"; rather, they should think of them as equals, just as entitled to the roadway as drivers are. Drivers who get impatient with bicyclists might want to stop for a moment and think about the human being on that bike, says a local Portland cycling attorney and cyclist: What if that rider was my friend, a friend of a friend, or a neighbor? Somehow, seeing bicyclists that way makes people a little more patient, he says. When drivers don't humanize cyclists this way, he finds, they often perceive riders as mere objects.

4. Consider the Benefits of Bicycling — for Drivers: "One cyclist on the road is one less car." Cyclists don't wear out the road, he adds (which means fewer potholes for you). "We lessen traffic congestion," he says. "We can't pollute." So if you're idling in your car behind a cyclist who you wish would go faster, think of it this way: "Well, he might be in my way temporarily. At least he is not in a vehicle and in my way the whole commute."

5. Spare Them the Right Hook: Intersections are venues for serious car-cycle collisions. Drivers making right turns, especially, should watch out for cyclists. A cyclist may be a little behind and to the right of you, and may be planning to ride straight ahead. If you don't signal your right turn, you could wind up hitting each other, with the point of contact somewhere on your car's right side. If you are trying to figure out if a nearby cyclist is planning to turn right, look for his raised left hand in a squared position, or an extended right hand.

6. Beware the Left Turn: A driver trying to make a left turn sees an oncoming bicyclist, but the driver figures he has plenty of time to complete the turn. Sometimes, that's not true. It's a common scenario; and after a collision, a driver often says he didn't realize the cyclist was going that fast. A bike can easily get to 15- or 20-mile-per-hour speeds. "If in doubt, yield." Exercise the same caution as you would for an approaching vehicle.

7. Give Cyclists 3 Feet of Clearance: Twenty states have now passed laws requiring motorists to give bicycles on the roadway about 3 feet of space. "Bike riders really appreciate that.” The 3-foot rule helps drivers by giving them a concrete frame of reference, he says.

8. Look Around — but Not at Your Phone: drivers who have hit cyclists almost always say the same frightening, sobering thing: "I never saw him before I hit him." If drivers only expect other cars on the road, they're setting themselves up for dangerous interactions. A model of greater awareness can be seen in the European-style ''roundabout," with traffic coming from all directions and merging into a traffic circle. Roundabouts require every participant's attention, as does the more comprehensive "shared space" concept of traffic design, which uses minimal road signs, crosswalks, lights and barriers and integrates pedestrians, cars and bicycles in the same terrain. The need for heightened interaction, paradoxically, makes everyone safer, traffic-design experts say.

9. Look Before You Exit Your Car: Cyclists are terrified of being "doored." Imagine a rider pedaling along next to a row of parked cars. Suddenly, a driver flings her door open. The impact can send the cyclist flying, and riders have died when they've been thrown into traffic. While the driver can take a few seconds to look and stay put if a cyclist is approaching, a cyclist has no sure way to anticipate whether a driver inside a parked car is about to open the door. All he can do is scan for drivers who look as though they might be preparing to exit a car.

10. Accept That Bicyclists Are Here To Stay: Bicycling is on the rise. People are taking it up for exercise or to reduce commuting costs. New York City, Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, among other cities, all have seen an increase in commuter cyclists. It's time to make peace with them — for everyone's safety.

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