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2012-05-03 12:42:42 PM
I often hope that cyclists' tight pants will lower their sperm count enough that we will be spared another generation of them running red lights and trying to wave on cars when a semi truck is barreling down the other lane.
 
2012-05-03 01:05:49 PM
Everything is always 100% someone else's fault.
 
2012-05-03 01:06:12 PM
As a frequent bike rider, I enjoy considerate cars and try to share the road when I drive cars as well.

But as a human being with morals, I really have a hard time giving a damn about "cyclists" who break all the traffic laws and wind up getting hit.

When it happens to a random nice person, it's tragedy. When it happens to the guy in spandex on the 5000 bike as he runs his umpteenth redlight, it's comedy!
 
2012-05-03 01:10:16 PM
Boo hoo. When you're in the bike lane, you go single file. When you're in the road, you are a vehicle. Which means that you obey the same laws as other vehicles on the road.

No, I don't give a shiat that it wears out your breaks. Breaks are easy to replace. Now obey that stop sign/red light and stop getting pissed off at me for crossing on MY green.
 
2012-05-03 01:10:24 PM
As someone who bikes to and from work every day, allow me to offer my own take.

I ride very carefully, sometimes on the road, sometimes on the sidewalk. Most of my city does not have bike lanes and it would not be safe for me to travel on the street everywhere. In addition, I often have to ride on the sidewalk in order to bypass streetlights, which don't detect me. I generally defer right of way to cars, even when it is mine because I realize that while my bike may dent their fender or scratch their paint, their car will turn me into Hawaiian shirt-wrapped goo. When I am on the sidewalk, I am very careful with pedestrians, especially children and pets because of their unpredictability. I have come close to hitting people a few times, but in those cases, it is generally people who aren't looking where they are going or people blindly stepping out from a door or corner. I have almost been hit by cars several times for the same reason. Cyclists need to realize that we are in the middle, despite having street legal vehicles, and travel that way.
 
2012-05-03 01:23:58 PM
Alright, don't share

/we'll see who wins
 
2012-05-03 01:33:23 PM

ArkAngel: I ride very carefully, sometimes on the road, sometimes on the sidewalk. Most of my city does not have bike lanes and it would not be safe for me to travel on the street everywhere. In addition, I often have to ride on the sidewalk in order to bypass streetlights, which don't detect me. I generally defer right of way to cars, even when it is mine because I realize that while my bike may dent their fender or scratch their paint, their car will turn me into Hawaiian shirt-wrapped goo. When I am on the sidewalk, I am very careful with pedestrians, especially children and pets because of their unpredictability. I have come close to hitting people a few times, but in those cases, it is generally people who aren't looking where they are going or people blindly stepping out from a door or corner. I have almost been hit by cars several times for the same reason. Cyclists need to realize that we are in the middle, despite having street legal vehicles, and travel that way.


Careful now, or Critical Mass will string you up for talking such blasphemy.
 
2012-05-03 01:48:34 PM
There's a special place in hell for road cyclists.....and that place just has a seat post and no seat and it's a very bumpy road.
 
2012-05-03 01:58:39 PM
I almost ran over a bicyclist once, but he was too fast for me.

Maybe next time.
 
2012-05-03 02:02:18 PM

ArkAngel: As someone who bikes to and from work every day, allow me to offer my own take.

I ride very carefully, sometimes on the road, sometimes on the sidewalk. Most of my city does not have bike lanes and it would not be safe for me to travel on the street everywhere. In addition, I often have to ride on the sidewalk in order to bypass streetlights, which don't detect me. I generally defer right of way to cars, even when it is mine because I realize that while my bike may dent their fender or scratch their paint, their car will turn me into Hawaiian shirt-wrapped goo. When I am on the sidewalk, I am very careful with pedestrians, especially children and pets because of their unpredictability. I have come close to hitting people a few times, but in those cases, it is generally people who aren't looking where they are going or people blindly stepping out from a door or corner. I have almost been hit by cars several times for the same reason. Cyclists need to realize that we are in the middle, despite having street legal vehicles, and travel that way.


In most locales it's illegal to bike on the sidewalk. For the very reasons that you cite.
 
2012-05-03 02:08:02 PM
It amazes me that cyclists feel like they own the road when they're on 5-15lbs of aluminum and I'm in 2 tons of various metals and steel.

It's got nothing to do with being "second class" and everything to do with the fact that if we got in a wreck, you would (at the bare minimum) be injured, wheras the only way I could get injured would be you flying through my windshield and head-butting me in the face with your helmet.
 
2012-05-03 02:14:13 PM
Cyclists already enjoy protection, now they want more? Affirmative Action?
 
2012-05-03 02:16:49 PM
as a pedestrian i've only once or twice been made to jump back at a crosswalk by an overzealous cab driver or confused out-of-towner, but at least once a week i have to jump out of the way of a cyclist who refuses to stop at an intersection. i know it's such a pain to stop and start on a bike but stop being such cocks and pay attention to your surroundings.
 
2012-05-03 02:47:11 PM
I can't remember the last time I saw a bike stop at an intersection when there wasn't traffic.
 
2012-05-03 03:20:29 PM

thomps: as a pedestrian i've only once or twice been made to jump back at a crosswalk by an overzealous cab driver or confused out-of-towner, but at least once a week i have to jump out of the way of a cyclist who refuses to stop at an intersection. i know it's such a pain to stop and start on a bike but stop being such cocks and pay attention to your surroundings.


Had to check your profile to make sure you're not from Seattle too. Cyclists here seem to have death wishes.
 
2012-05-03 03:22:33 PM
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2012-05-03 03:23:45 PM

GAT_00: I can't remember the last time I saw a bike stop at an intersection when there wasn't traffic.


Lots of cities have laws that allow this. Not sure about the legality down here (the cops here have far more important issues), but I always just slow down at stop signs if there isn't traffic coming (which is common on non-busy streets).
 
2012-05-03 03:24:20 PM

Nickster79: trying to wave on cars when a semi truck is barreling down the other lane.


Holy crap, I ran into my first one of these jackasses the other day. If the moron were at least consistent with his riding pattern I could have cut him some slack but he was an entitled jerk. So aside from the waving and being a general asshole it played out like this, at the first red light he stopped in line with the other cars, which was ok. At the second red light he sneaked in between the cars turning left and the cars going straight. When the light turned green he went straight and kept waving me to go past him. If I wasn't sick that day I would have been more of a dick and just followed him with the car in 1st gear, at his speed.
 
2012-05-03 03:24:46 PM
I wish cyclists had their own bike paths. I really do. I wish they had as many options as cars do. I wish they had little bridges they could bike over intersections with. I wish they had their own underground system of tunnels they could use. Something. Anything.

Because I f*cking hate cyclists on the road. And when they gang up together to literally block a one-lane road, I seriously want to play bowling ball to their f*cking yellow shirted Lance Armstrong wannabe bodies.
 
2012-05-03 03:25:03 PM
Here, let me save you all a lot of time by posting your sentiments for you.

lh5.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-05-03 03:25:39 PM
The only people more righteously indignant than Prius owners are bicyclists.
 
2012-05-03 03:27:07 PM
People in cars should just start driving two abreast in the same lane to see how much the cyclists like it. What a bunch of whiny little biatches. Yes, the laws apply to you too cupcake.
 
2012-05-03 03:27:57 PM
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Nope.
 
2012-05-03 03:28:21 PM
I've solved this problem by never riding on the roads. Road bikes are for pussies (obvious troll lol).

/mountain biker
//Kona Dawg Deluxe FTW
 
2012-05-03 03:28:51 PM
Rye. Isn't that where them good ol' boys are drinkin' whiskey, singing "this'll be the day that I die"?
 
2012-05-03 03:29:21 PM
What's with the press trying to create a wedge issue with bikes vs. cars all of a sudden? Is there no real news to report on anymore?
 
2012-05-03 03:31:05 PM
To be fair, this is like putting up a sign in front of auschwitz, saying "Any Jew visitors, please do not harm others"
 
2012-05-03 03:31:21 PM
There is a large segment of commuter bicyclists that suck. I ride for exercise/to race and the mindset of some of the commuters amazes me. The one that gets me is: Street A and B run parallel. Street A is posted at 45 and has no shoulders (the ground slopes up on either side, so there is no shoulder, go grass strip, etc). Shoulder B is two city blocks over and some quite little suburban street posted at 25.

I've never one ridden on Street A. If I need to move through that region I go over on Street B and yes I'll coast the stop signs if there are no cars (there is excellent visibility, they are four way stops, and there are rarely any cars on the street). Yet almost every morning I see a couple commuters hammering down Street A and yelling angrily at the city buses and things that pass them. It's this entire subset of people who are going to have their last words be "I have a legal right to be here....*sound of them going under the wheels of a city bus*".

Also for some reason the commuter bikers around here have trouble grasping the whole "stop for peds in the crosswalk thing".
 
2012-05-03 03:32:05 PM
I used to live on a winding canyon road that had "share the road" signs. When I had my Z28, I would often hit 85mph on that road (speed limit was 25... safe speed was about 40). Out of consideration for my fellow cyclists (yes, some people drive AND ride), I made some stickers that said "Fear" and used them to cover up the "Share" on the "Share the Road" signs.

When they peeled them off, I made some more, and a "25 points each" sticker to go on the upper sign next to the little cyclist glyph. Every time I'd see one peeling off the stickers I'd honk the horn, wave, and downshift to redline the engine.

I'm still amazed I never killed one. Had some close calls riding on that road... riding AND driving.

Why yes, I AM a colossal asshole! Thanks for asking! I'm not the only one out there, so everybody be polite and careful, FFS.... otherwise you may be turning normal people into dangerous assoles.
 
2012-05-03 03:32:19 PM
The bicyclists in TFA really come off as douchebags.
 
2012-05-03 03:32:54 PM

jaytkay: Here, let me save you all a lot of time by posting your sentiments for you.

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Douchebag spotted.
 
2012-05-03 03:33:23 PM
why are cyclists such constantly squealling biatches?
 
2012-05-03 03:33:54 PM

PeterPipersPickledPecker: The only people more righteously indignant than Prius owners are bicyclists.



Bite my shiny Titanium frame. And yeah. That's a marathon sticker. Not pictured is the NRA hat in the rear window.
 
2012-05-03 03:33:56 PM

GORDON: The bicyclists in TFA really come off as douchebags.


This is Rye, possibly the only really wealthy, stuck-up town in NH.
 
2012-05-03 03:33:59 PM
It's less about being anti-cyclist and more about being anti-a$$hole.
 
2012-05-03 03:34:04 PM

Silly Jesus: There's a special place in hell for road cyclists.....and that place just has a seat post and no seat and it's a very bumpy road.


There is a bike like that in front of some kind of shop with a female manikin sitting on it in Amsterdam.
Not sure what that shop was selling tho.
 
2012-05-03 03:34:56 PM

ISO15693: To be fair, this is like putting up a sign in front of auschwitz, saying "Any Jew visitors, please do not harm others"


Yes it's just like the holocaust. Moron.
 
2012-05-03 03:35:04 PM

bdub77: I wish cyclists had their own bike paths. I really do. I wish they had as many options as cars do. I wish they had little bridges they could bike over intersections with. I wish they had their own underground system of tunnels they could use. Something. Anything.

Because I f*cking hate cyclists on the road. And when they gang up together to literally block a one-lane road, I seriously want to play bowling ball to their f*cking yellow shirted Lance Armstrong wannabe bodies.


Nice bike paths along the side of the road. No bicyclist wants a fully separate path as joggers, mothers with strollers, and dog walkers take up that bike path. We have a path out here specifically designed for bikers to move between two roads and all kinds of signs on it saying "Commuting Bikers Only". Yet you can't use it because some asshole is standing on one side of the bike path with his 20 feet retractable dog leash played out across the path to clothesline you.

A nice separate bike lane (structured so all the road debris doesn't collect on it) is the solution. Separate bike paths and remarking the shoulder are wastes of your money. Foot traffic renders the first unusable and the debris on the shoulder makes the second option unusable.
 
2012-05-03 03:35:25 PM
Spandex comments?
"obey" same law comments?

This thread has it all.

Who's fault is it if you get so incredibly angry for losing 5-10 seconds of your day to a cyclist in the road?
1st world problems....

/drivers..quit whining
/cyclists...don't act like a douche.
 
2012-05-03 03:35:40 PM
PeterPipersPickledPecker: The only people more righteously indignant than Prius owners are bicyclists.

i55.tinypic.com

Bite my shiny Titanium frame again.
/stupid tinypic.
 
2012-05-03 03:36:07 PM

jaytkay: Here, let me save you all a lot of time by posting your sentiments for you.

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Not true.

I have no, none, zero issue with bikers who follow the rules of the road. What pisses us off are the bikers who think red lights are optional. (Or stop signs for that matter). Or ones who feel the sidewalk is a viable way to "get around" traffic lights.

I live just off a very popular street with the "road-bike" crowd in my town. I can't tell you the number of times I've watched 20+ road bikes fly through a 4-way stop . Sorry guys -- *each* of you have to come to a stop. A line of 20 cars doesn't just "go through" after the first guy waves us on...

Just follow the damn rules of the road and nobody will have an issue with you. Really, it is *that* simple.
 
2012-05-03 03:36:53 PM
As someone who just got a bike (schwinn classic) and a helmet (nutcase, baby doll pink) I'm getting a kick from these replies.

I'm also pretty sure I'm not going to ride on the road, whenever possible. Plenty of sidewalk in this city for everybody.
 
2012-05-03 03:36:59 PM
To be honest... from what I read here, cyclists suck where you guys live.

In Europe they're a pain too, but they seem a lot less like road code activists. Hate it when they're inconsiderate and dangerous drivers, because if you crash into them, you're the one that's at fault. On the other hand, the bicycle quite often is the best method of transportation (depending on the city), and because most car drivers around here are cyclists/used to be cyclists, there's usually an equal amount of consideration between both parties. I'm no exception to the cycling car driver.
 
2012-05-03 03:37:40 PM

scottydoesntknow: ISO15693: To be fair, this is like putting up a sign in front of auschwitz, saying "Any Jew visitors, please do not harm others"

Yes it's just like the holocaust. Moron.


Hush, Adolph.
 
2012-05-03 03:37:50 PM

ha-ha-guy: yes I'll coast the stop signs if there are no cars (there is excellent visibility, they are four way stops, and there are rarely any cars on the street).



Do you do this with your car as well? Why do you feel bikes are exempt from the rules on 4-way, because the three other ways are going to stop?
 
2012-05-03 03:38:15 PM

fireclown: PeterPipersPickledPecker: The only people more righteously indignant than Prius owners are bicyclists.

[i55.tinypic.com image 500x375]

Bite my shiny Titanium frame again.
/stupid tinypic.


As I said before...
 
2012-05-03 03:38:37 PM

ShawnDoc: ArkAngel: I ride very carefully, sometimes on the road, sometimes on the sidewalk. Most of my city does not have bike lanes and it would not be safe for me to travel on the street everywhere. In addition, I often have to ride on the sidewalk in order to bypass streetlights, which don't detect me. I generally defer right of way to cars, even when it is mine because I realize that while my bike may dent their fender or scratch their paint, their car will turn me into Hawaiian shirt-wrapped goo. When I am on the sidewalk, I am very careful with pedestrians, especially children and pets because of their unpredictability. I have come close to hitting people a few times, but in those cases, it is generally people who aren't looking where they are going or people blindly stepping out from a door or corner. I have almost been hit by cars several times for the same reason. Cyclists need to realize that we are in the middle, despite having street legal vehicles, and travel that way.

Careful now, or Critical Mass will string you up for talking such blasphemy.


O lot of those Critical Asses folks here in Orlando are really rude. I am talking to you, friggin hippie on the really tall bike that enjoys blocking the lanes on Bumby, Virginia, and Mills.
Some of those folks really are turds.
I ride as well, but will never go with those nutjobs.
 
2012-05-03 03:38:53 PM
I have been taking the "But you have to take them all as individuals" road for years now, not putting the idiot bikers in with the majority. Especially around here, we get literally hundreds of bikers on the local streets every weekend spring/summer/fall day.

I can't do it anymore. These are YOUR friends and co-riders riding like this, running red lights and stop signs, riding four abreast at 15mph oblivious to traffic, etc... Until you start policing your own, you get lumped in with them.
 
2012-05-03 03:39:06 PM
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I shall enjoy this thread
 
2012-05-03 03:39:09 PM
Yesterday evening, rush hour, 7-8 cyclists, 4 abreast, gesticulating while chatting, one lane road...

It's sometimes unfortunate that I tend to hold oodles of respect for fellow human beings, but jesus farking christ! Respect goes both ways assholes.

/same goes for the jackoff that showed the same annoyance as the rest of us trying to get home, but in a psychotic temper tantrum purposely jerking his wheel to the right to scare the riders.
 
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