I would like to say something. Because this is a constant source of annoyance for me.
Cyclists do not belong:
• On the sidewalk
• Riding against traffic
• In a crosswalk
Have we got this clear?
I keep seeing ways that motorists can watch for bicycles. And I think that’s important, I really do. But it’s not just up to motorists to be aware.
As a cyclist/motorist/pedestrian I feel very strongly that equal road rights means equal road rules. You’re on a bike and no one is coming at a stop sign or red light? Great! Go on through. I do it too. But at least have the decency to make sure no one is there first. You, as a cyclist, do not have the right of way at a stop sign. Especially if it is a 4 way stop. You run a stop sign and get hit by oncoming traffic, I have no sympathy for you. When I pull up to a stop sign, I stop. And then I go if it’s my turn. I don’t watch for some cyclist to come zipping out of no where and I shouldn’t have to. Because there shouldn’t be a separate set of rules that motorists need to learn for a population that claims they want to be treated equally on the road.
I guess a good rule of thumb is don’t act like an entitled dick on the road. Cyclists aren’t better than me, as a motorist, just because I don’t always have the luxury of not needing the convenience and speed of an automobile.
And that works both ways.
When I’m on my bike, in the street, I am visible. I have lights and reflectors and everything (don’t get me started on those opinions). I follow road rules and I do not deserve to be honked at or yelled at. Or spit on you mother fucker. It won’t kill you to give me space. Or slow down until you can safely go around me. Watch out for bikes before opening your car door. Don’t be a dick. This isn’t rocket science; it’s common courtesy.
Which I guess is asking a lot, based on how many blog posts are already out there.
But really. Cyclist safety is not just motorist responsibility. You want to use the road, follow the road rules. Like everybody else. You’re not special because you have 2 wheels. I don’t expect special treatment on my bike and I sure as hell am not going to give it while I’m driving. It’s hard enough watching for other motorists without worrying that some asshole on a fixie with a superiority complex wants to risk his life betting that I can see him coming at me at 5am with no lights on. Equal road rights does not mean better treatment and special considerations. That’s what bike paths are for.
And motorcycles and vespas and scooters. If you don’t fucking stop using the bike lane to pass traffic I might accidentally lose control of my vehicle. It happens. Accidents happen. All the time.
Everyone stop being an asshole, and maybe we can all use the road in peace and happiness.