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Rules of The Road!

July 29, 2010

Did you know that motorists and bicyclists have the same rules for the road? Many people are unaware that these two must “share the road” but also share the same rules. When it comes to living in New England think of all of the overpopulated cities that have bicyclists and motorists fighting for who has more authority over major roads and lanes of traffic. From Northampton, to Springfield and even all the way out in Boston, we have a large amount of people who are now using bicycles as their means of transportation. For example, the debate over bikers not remaining in their lanes or the question of whether or not they are on the sidewalk are two prime examples of why some accidents seem to occur. The bike lane is meant to keep motorists out for the safety of the bicyclist, as obviously an auto mobile poses as a greater threat with its significantly larger size. The lane does not however mean that bicyclists must remain inside. Also, the reason why bikers are not on the sidewalks is that in some cities it is actually illegal for bicyclists to be on the sidewalk. Think of the risks involved when a bicyclist is driving down the sidewalk. There are people they must weave through to get around, the threat of doors constantly opening from vendors and even cars, the change of foundation beneath them as the sidewalk dips down for handicap access and list continues on. One piece of advice for bicyclists however is, that if they are going to ride with traffic, they should adhere to the same rules such as  using turn signals, and stopping at stop signs and red lights to remain with the flow of traffic. The advantages of stopping when cars do, is that bicyclists have a better feel for their environment and this gives them opportunity to catch their breath. Want to know more “Rules of The Road”? Check out the official Same Roads, Same Rules campaign and be kind to your fellow road mates!

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Luxury Cruise Anyone?

July 15, 2010

The Actual Lady Bea Cruise Ship

For boat owners and boat lovers alike, now is the time to take your trips out onto the water. With the warmer season arriving, taking a day trip off land is a great way to relax and unwind from the daily routine. Every year more and more boat operators are taking their trips off land to indulge in a back yard luxury that often time people forget about. For those of you who do not own a boat, Brunelle’s Marina has the perfect solution for a day time excursion on the wonderful Connecticut River. Their Lady Bea River Cruises are offered from late May into October on their locally famous 49 person passenger boat. This seventy five minute narrated cruise & sunset cruise allows guests to get an unspoiled view of the beaches and history that runs from Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley MA to Northampton MA. Loaded with a full bar, outside sun decks, restrooms and XM satellite stereo, air conditioning and heating make Lady Bea fully equipped for a memorable experience on the water. Not only do they offer a narrated cruise, but they also offer private charters for special occasions and celebrations and educational cruises for those interested. The Brunelle’s have been more than just clients for us, but great friends.  We at Ross even have had the pleasure of boarding the Lady Bea and had a wonderful evening. The boat was beautifully lit and the leisurely cruise was relaxing and a great way for everyone to unwind and socialize. For those who own a boat, Brunelle’s offers daily and seasonal rates to dock your boat, available winter and summer storage, a holding tank pump-out facility and a 4 lane launch open 24 hours a day, weather permitting. No need to worry about lunch as this establishment offers a full service restaurant with bar & lounge area and a picnic area for those who do wish to pack their own lunches. Tickets for day cruises are less than twenty dollars, and Brunelle’s is where the river is right for you.