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    Riding through Posey Tube

    The worst..scariest tunnel ive ridden through...

    <object width="400" height="225"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=4358469&amp;server=vimeo.com &amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portr ait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=4358469&amp;server=vimeo.com &amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portr ait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="225"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/4358469">posey tube</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1568959">michael moore</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    That does look scary, and the air can't be too good either - where is it?

    The scariest ride I took was after the first day of the big ice storm in Maine... already suffering from cabin fever, I thought I'd go take a look around & check on a couple neighbors. My car was already blocked in by a fallen tree so i took the MTB with studded tires. Yikes! The trees were still snapping randomly like toothpicks, with each one sounding like a rifle shot. I retreated pretty quickly to the relative safety of the house, it was too big a gamble, and too much out of your control. The power came back on 14 days later. The worst of it was I only had an electric coffee grinder.

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    Posey Tube connects the cities

    of Alameda and Oakland under the Oakland Estuary in the Bay Area. The black exhaust soot on the walls is evidence of the air quality in the tube.

    14 days on generator? thats a long time. When i was living in the sierras it took the power company 7 days to reconnect the electricity to my house after a tree took it out. man that sucked. I cant imagine id last 14 days without power.

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    Just a word; I used to work in Alameda and I got yelled at by another cyclist for riding on that side of the tunnel, against traffic. Since it's so narrow, you guys found out the same way I did that you really should stick to the side that the traffic is going with to not run into someone going the opposite way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    of Alameda and Oakland under the Oakland Estuary in the Bay Area. The black exhaust soot on the walls is evidence of the air quality in the tube.

    14 days on generator? thats a long time. When i was living in the sierras it took the power company 7 days to reconnect the electricity to my house after a tree took it out. man that sucked. I cant imagine id last 14 days without power.
    Who said anything about a generator?
    Actually, after a few days the temp in the house dropped to freezing,and I packed up the dogs & went to a friend's an hour away with power for a few days...then finally did get a generator & got the furnace & some lights going again for the duration.

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    That cyclist was WRONG

    Quote Originally Posted by vaelin
    Just a word; I used to work in Alameda and I got yelled at by another cyclist for riding on that side of the tunnel, against traffic. Since it's so narrow, you guys found out the same way I did that you really should stick to the side that the traffic is going with to not run into someone going the opposite way.
    because Posey Tubes the only way bikes or peds can get to and from alameda because the entrances to the walkway in the Webster Tube are closed off on both ends.

    One time i came across this guy pushing a shopping cart from oakland to alameda. i had to lift my bike over my head and scqueeze against the railing just to get by him. I refuse to ride in the Posey Tube anymore. Ill ride the extra 5 miles to cross into oakland somewhere else or take the bus or ferry between oakland and alameda.

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    Hmm, when did that happen? This was back in 2001 and both sides were open to peds/riders.

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    Google earth shows steps on both sides. I'm confused. It only shows a bicycle going with traffic on the side you went however. I mean, you could always just ride in the road.

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    There are two tubes

    The posey tube has steps on both ends but the webster tube only has steps on the Oakland side. In the Webster tube the walkway ends.

    heres a pic of the alameda end of the webster tube. Notice the lack of steps or ramp out of the tube.

    <img src=https://farm1.static.flickr.com/98/263824128_d183e86cd9.jpg>

    Oh i would never in my life ever think about riding in the travelway.

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    I rode this tunnel once... ONCE. Dropped my truck off to a recommended shop on the island and pedaled home. I've since found a new shop. Terrible experience -- stinks the whole way, so you want to go fast, but it's narrow and walls are filthy. No recommendo. Shamefully, it's some of the only legal single track in the East Bay.

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