--Darryl Richman, forum liaison
I know when I was growing if you went to cross a street on foot or bike, it was drilled into your head by your parents to Stop, Look Both Ways, Walk.......Not any more.
you see some out jogging and they just continue on across the street with ear buds a blasting. Not sure about you but even if you are in the right....a car bumper is going to do some damage.
For the record, my last speeding ticket was in 1984, and I have never caused an accident, so no, I don't make a habit of bumping bicyclists.
Be The Change You Want To See In The World
In my experience, bicyclists seem to think that they can behave like motorized vehicles when they want; then behave like pedestrians when they want.
I saw something so fantastic one day in Huntington Beach, Ca. that I thought I ought to post it here. Apparently, most bicyclists believe that they don't need to obey traffic laws at some locations. Like when they make right turns against a red light. Well, one day on my way home from work, this group of about 20 bicyclists blast thru a red light making a right turn. The policeman was waiting for them about 50 yards from the intersection and waved them all over. I didn't hang around to find out what happened, but was later told by a policeman that failure for a bicyclist to stop at a red light is a moving violation, same as if they were in a car.
I like to think that they all got tickets and for all of them, they got big fines and their car insurance rates went up.
My 1150 is very quiet, and it's not necessarily evident to a cyclist that I am approaching or overtaking. As a courtesy, I simultaneously scream and blow my horn as I get close. It takes a village.
R75/6, 2004 R1150RTA.
I'd advise that you make sure you use the horn (if you still insist upon doing so, even tho it's really not necessary) some several hundred yards before reaching us. a light "toot" is plenty, no big "honks", please.
Ride Safe, Ride Lots
You know I was kidding.
A world of twisties and elevation abounds starting at the edge of my driveway. It is very common to encounter singles, pairs, or entire postal teams of riders in my area, particularly on weekends. As a result, I've taken to strapping a Chuckie doll to my back, facing rearward, holding a video camera. I turn on my 4 way flashers and trail or move alongside the peloton. I hope, in some small way to contribute to the aire de Tour.
R75/6, 2004 R1150RTA.
There are vehicle drivers that blow stop signs, stop lights, weave all over while texting and do other dangerous driving antics. There also bicyclists who disobey rules. It is hard to understand all the rage on this forum against bicyclists. Most of the ones in my area obey the rules. There are a few young racing types that don't.
It is great to see people out on bicycles that want to lead a healthy life style and not pollute the environment. Don't judge an entire group of people because of a few bad characters whether it is motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians or people of other faiths and races.
Hoa Binh (Peace)
Vietnam '69 and '70
2012 R1200R classic
The rage I have is because the road I live on the local bike club use it for theirs group rides. This is with no regards with the other traffic. They ride in a large pack and will not let other traffic get a round. I have talked to them and they don't give a sh t. Even calling the police about this has not helped. There are soo many blind curves that if you did not know they are on the road you could hit one. Around here they act like one percentrs when it is mor like 99%.
I am also a bicycle rider was in a club many years ago. Our group rides were small packs most of the time single file.
1975 R90/6, 1980 and 1982 R65, !959 TR3A Triumph Car
I guess eastern NC where I live is different.
In town there are few bicycles. Traffic is constant and moves prety quickly and the place has the highest accident rates in the state due to poor road planning, visual clutter and tons of kids and tourists. Bicyclists in genernal don't seem to get much kick out of riding in it and it would be insanely dangerous in many places- though there are a few bike lanes..
Outside of town, we've got lots of twisties in the country but few stop signs, lots of spots to easily pass, etc so despite the fact that one sometimes sees group rides of bicyclists and motorcyclists passing each other, tensions are pretty rare.
When I see them out in the country, I usually have sympathy for those nuts enough to want to pedal in our hot, humid summer weather and knowing that a passing spot is coming up, can leave plenty of room for everyone.
We're not totally free of those irrational urban tensions here but a lot less than some other more uptight places.
In NW Michigan last summer, there were hundreds of them on some type of multi day, group ride (in the hundreds) and they pretty much did what they wanted w/o any regard to rules of the road or the other traffic.
I have to admire their extra large testes. No protective gear (well there is a "helmet" that certainly wouldn't pass as a DOT approved helmet) spandex instead of armored jacket and pants insuring that a get off would be sure road rash or worse.
I will give you that the squid who does wheelies on I 70 in traffic in St. Louis gives motorcyclist a bad name. But they are the exception in my part of the country. We don't even lane split here.