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2012-07-01 10:30:22 AM
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Road cyclists are, by and large, farking coonts.
 
2012-07-01 10:37:05 AM

Silly Jesus: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

Road cyclists are, by and large, farking coonts.


Completely agree. I live in NY, and the hypocrisy of them is tangible.

Whenever you have a cyclist hit by a car it's all "Bicycles are vehicles too!" but you try to enforce those same laws on them and they throw fricking tantrums.
 
2012-07-01 10:41:30 AM
One thing I lament about having garbage eyes; I'll never be able to safely bike around this city on my own, as much as I would desperately love to. My fiance and I have talked about getting a tandem bike, but it's still not quite the degree of mobility independence I really wish I could have.
 
2012-07-01 10:41:43 AM
Subby made me laugh so hard that it brought tears to my eyes.
 
2012-07-01 10:41:52 AM

Silly Jesus: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

Road cyclists are, by and large, farking coonts.


I don't get the bicyclists. They won't ride in the road because the cars don't let them ride without danger. So what do the bicyclists do? They ride on the sidewalks and terrorize pedestrians as much as the car drivers would terrorize them on the road.


If I ever see a cop pull over and ticket a bicyclist for breaking the law I swear it would be a first.

 
2012-07-01 10:42:11 AM
Subby sounds fat
 
2012-07-01 10:42:57 AM
Oh hey...this one again.

Get back to me when I don't see multiple motor vehicles ease through the red light, or consistently exceeding the speed limit.

/just like with cyclists, the ones you notice are the ones being asshats
 
2012-07-01 10:43:37 AM

skinink:
If I ever see a cop pull over and ticket a bicyclist for breaking the law I swear it would be a first.


One of my friends was ticketed for riding on the sidewalk.

/agree: stop at farking stop signs, and keep it under 35 on main roads
/sometime cyclist who STOPS AT FARKING STOP SIGNS
 
2012-07-01 10:43:56 AM

skinink: If I ever see a cop pull over and ticket a bicyclist for breaking the law I swear it would be a first.


I got a speeding ticket once. 25 in a 15 zone.
 
2012-07-01 10:47:40 AM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Oh hey...this one again.

Get back to me when I don't see multiple motor vehicles ease through the red light, or consistently exceeding the speed limit.

/just like with cyclists, the ones you notice are the ones being asshats


The motorists don't generally have a whiny persecution complex though.
 
2012-07-01 10:49:00 AM
When I see cyclists stop at STOP signs and not ride up the shoulder past all the cars at red lights, I'll not see them as dicks.

Yes you can wait in line where you stopped, you aren't special because your vehicle is so skinny.

DC could make it's budget every year if they'd ticket the cyclists on M street NW
 
2012-07-01 10:50:39 AM
Another bedwetter thread already? Someone get a nipple in here, stat!
 
2012-07-01 10:51:39 AM

Silly Jesus: Road cyclists People who make generalizations are, by and large, farking coonts.


ftf everyone
 
2012-07-01 10:51:54 AM
Here in rain-depressed Florence, the state has proposed spending a total of $5 million to add bike lanes to two roads. It doesn't seem to matter that one goes through -- you may never have heard this term before -- a seasonal lake.
 
2012-07-01 10:52:48 AM

Girion47: When I see cyclists stop at STOP signs and not ride up the shoulder past all the cars at red lights, I'll not see them as dicks.

Yes you can wait in line where you stopped, you aren't special because your vehicle is so skinny.

DC could make it's budget every year if they'd ticket the cyclists on M street NW


Cars don't stop at stop signs.
 
2012-07-01 10:54:22 AM
Well, TFA should keep me in a "count your blessings" mood for a couple of days.

Good for this guy.
 
2012-07-01 10:55:29 AM
He'd feel at home in Portland.
 
2012-07-01 10:55:44 AM

Silly Jesus: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

Road cyclists are, by and large, farking coonts.


UP here in Vermont, you get the grey haired boomers with the spandex pants and helmets on cruising along at 5 MPH. Clusters of Massholes and Quebecois in packs jamming the paved roads. I have a shooting range on my property and will use it on demand when I see a group of shrink-wrapped douchetards enjoying the bucolic dirt road that goes by my house.
 
2012-07-01 10:56:21 AM
He's gonna get squished some day.
 
2012-07-01 10:57:05 AM

She comes in colors everywhere: Girion47: When I see cyclists stop at STOP signs and not ride up the shoulder past all the cars at red lights, I'll not see them as dicks.

Yes you can wait in line where you stopped, you aren't special because your vehicle is so skinny.

DC could make it's budget every year if they'd ticket the cyclists on M street NW

Cars don't stop at stop signs.


I don't recall saying anything about cars. This conversation is about cyclists. quit worrying about what cars do and don't do in regards to traffic laws and follow the traffic laws laid out for cyclists.
 
2012-07-01 10:57:11 AM

Lost_in_Oregon: Here in rain-depressed Florence, the state has proposed spending a total of $5 million to add bike lanes to two roads. It doesn't seem to matter that one goes through -- you may never have heard this term before -- a seasonal lake.


We call it a flood zone.
 
2012-07-01 11:00:29 AM
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Those that live by the stupid..... will meet their fate when it is time, or maybe even before then.
 
2012-07-01 11:01:22 AM
Get a car or ride the bus, MORANS!!!!
 
2012-07-01 11:02:01 AM
I ride a bike, why shouldn't I obey the signs? If I don't stop or let traffic that has the right of passage go, I might get hit. I don't want to get hit by a car.

See, it's not that complicated.
 
2012-07-01 11:02:55 AM

Girion47: She comes in colors everywhere: Girion47: When I see cyclists stop at STOP signs and not ride up the shoulder past all the cars at red lights, I'll not see them as dicks.

Yes you can wait in line where you stopped, you aren't special because your vehicle is so skinny.

DC could make it's budget every year if they'd ticket the cyclists on M street NW

Cars don't stop at stop signs.

I don't recall saying anything about cars. This conversation is about cyclists. quit worrying about what cars do and don't do in regards to traffic laws and follow the traffic laws laid out for cyclists.


You first.
 
2012-07-01 11:03:08 AM
What I hate is when I'm walking on the sidewalk and behind me I hear "bike!" and less than a second later a bike comes whizzing along... bonus points: sometimes they look disgusted at me because I forced them to move. Sometimes I have my earbuds in and I like to walk in the middle of the sidewalk if there's no one coming my way, but no I could get chopped down any second. Thanks bikers.
 
2012-07-01 11:03:40 AM

She comes in colors everywhere: Silly Jesus: Road cyclists People who make generalizations are, by and large, farking coonts.

ftf everyone


Just my personal experience, cupcake.
 
2012-07-01 11:03:58 AM

AlteredChemical: Silly Jesus: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

Road cyclists are, by and large, farking coonts.

Completely agree. I live in NY, and the hypocrisy of them is tangible.

Whenever you have a cyclist hit by a car it's all "Bicycles are vehicles too!" but you try to enforce those same laws on them and they throw fricking tantrums.


I disagree. See them in sweats? Give respect. See them in compression shorts and Tee? Laugh at them an use your horn liberally.
 
2012-07-01 11:08:33 AM

She comes in colors everywhere: Cars don't stop at stop signs.


Where do you live that this is the case? It's very rare for me to see a car, if not completely stop, at least come to a near-complete stop at a stop sign. It is not rare at all for me to see bicyclists whiz through a stop sign without even slowing down. They do it at red lights too, and I haven't seen too many cars do that in my lifetime. People can biatch about "making generalizations" all day long, but I just moved from bike goddamn central (hoardes of bicyclists out every weekend) and I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually seen a bicyclist stop for a stop sign and still have fingers left over.
 
2012-07-01 11:11:51 AM
I'm sorry, this isn't 'brave' it's just stupid. If you can't see; you don't have any business operating a vehicle.

It's like the drunk that swears, even if alcohol makes him slur his speech; he's a good enough driver to be fine. This guy *can't see*.

Oddly enough, I'd bet money he's the kind of cyclist that feels bicycles are 'real vehicles' and should be allowed on the road; just like anyone else. But he also feels he shouldn't have to pass the same requirements as all the other vehicles and will continue to do whatever the hell he wants, even if it risks the lives of others around him.
 
2012-07-01 11:14:54 AM

She comes in colors everywhere: Girion47: She comes in colors everywhere: Girion47: When I see cyclists stop at STOP signs and not ride up the shoulder past all the cars at red lights, I'll not see them as dicks.

Yes you can wait in line where you stopped, you aren't special because your vehicle is so skinny.

DC could make it's budget every year if they'd ticket the cyclists on M street NW

Cars don't stop at stop signs.

I don't recall saying anything about cars. This conversation is about cyclists. quit worrying about what cars do and don't do in regards to traffic laws and follow the traffic laws laid out for cyclists.

You first.


Ok, I promise I'll walk on the sidewalk where available and use crosswalks correctly. Oh wait, I already do. Your turn you dirty hooper
 
2012-07-01 11:17:57 AM

fred_chan: They do it at red lights too, and I haven't seen too many cars do that in my lifetime.


If I were to sit at the major intersection around the corner from my house, I'd bet that at 75% of the light changes, 1 or more cars cruise through after the light is visibly red.
Not 'in the intersection already', but 'the light has changed, and you continue through past the threshold anyway'.

Some people are asshats, whether they be on a bike or in a car.
That idiot on the high end road bike, covered in ad-laden spandex, is the same asshat in the BMW who cuts you off tomorrow morning.
 
2012-07-01 11:23:53 AM
What can trip him up are "the big things right in the way."


Brilliant.


Road bikers are coonts

But the ones wearing some Tour de France getup....is a super coont
 
2012-07-01 11:26:50 AM

fred_chan: She comes in colors everywhere: Cars don't stop at stop signs.

Where do you live that this is the case? It's very rare for me to see a car, if not completely stop, at least come to a near-complete stop at a stop sign. It is not rare at all for me to see bicyclists whiz through a stop sign without even slowing down. They do it at red lights too, and I haven't seen too many cars do that in my lifetime. People can biatch about "making generalizations" all day long, but I just moved from bike goddamn central (hoardes of bicyclists out every weekend) and I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually seen a bicyclist stop for a stop sign and still have fingers left over.


I have cycled to work every single day for the last eight months now. I don't think I've gone a single day without seeing numerous cyclists break all sorts of laws. They jump on and off the sidewalk at will, run through red lights at every opportunity, go when the pedestrian crossing sign is on (even on roads where they have traffic lights for the bicycle lanes and signs EXPLICITLY says not to.

I've seen motorists run through a late-yellow light and a few people honk when someone cut them off.

As an estimate, I'd say for every 15 major traffic violations I see from cyclists; I see one (less major) violation from a car. Cyclists, as a whole, are d-bags.
 
2012-07-01 11:27:43 AM
I must admit that I am relieved that my ex has finally decided that she can't see well enough to cycle alone. Being a guide cyclist to somebody who didn't see all that well (legally blind, RP, and down to 0.5% of original vision) was a bit stressy, since you can't control things like little kids running out between us onto the bike path. It didn't help that she also doesn't hear all that well, since she is deaf, but becoming hearing through the use of cochlear implants.

Now she has joined the tandem cycling club in Toronto, and although the guide dog doesn't fit on the bike, at least she has a sighted guide on the bike that is on the same bike as she is.

As for this gentleman - I am a bit concerned. If one can't see well enough to drive a car, they probably can't see well enough to drive a bicycle either. This is a vehicle that rides on roads, and while it's hard to give up mobility, it's not really all that safe to be riding when you can't see things that pop up in front of you.
 
2012-07-01 11:30:46 AM

Fark_Guy_Rob: fred_chan: She comes in colors everywhere: Cars don't stop at stop signs.

Where do you live that this is the case? It's very rare for me to see a car, if not completely stop, at least come to a near-complete stop at a stop sign. It is not rare at all for me to see bicyclists whiz through a stop sign without even slowing down. They do it at red lights too, and I haven't seen too many cars do that in my lifetime. People can biatch about "making generalizations" all day long, but I just moved from bike goddamn central (hoardes of bicyclists out every weekend) and I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually seen a bicyclist stop for a stop sign and still have fingers left over.

I have cycled to work every single day for the last eight months now. I don't think I've gone a single day without seeing numerous cyclists break all sorts of laws. They jump on and off the sidewalk at will, run through red lights at every opportunity, go when the pedestrian crossing sign is on (even on roads where they have traffic lights for the bicycle lanes and signs EXPLICITLY says not to.

I've seen motorists run through a late-yellow light and a few people honk when someone cut them off.

As an estimate, I'd say for every 15 major traffic violations I see from cyclists; I see one (less major) violation from a car. Cyclists, as a whole, are d-bags.


This. Share the road, but I don't have to. They're typical OWS kids but in better shape.
 
2012-07-01 11:37:15 AM

Evil Canadian: Being a guide cyclist to somebody who didn't see all that well (legally blind, RP, and down to 0.5% of original vision) was a bit stressy...


Not trying to pedantic, just curious: did you actually mean one half of one percent of her original vision?

I'm not doubting you, but I'm surprised the measurement can be so precise. I'm not that smart, though, so lots of things surprise me.
 
2012-07-01 11:40:51 AM
Where the hell do all of you bike haters live? I see very few idiot moves by cyclists around here. Tourists on rentals and the DUI brigade are the fools. All the roadies are pretty respectful and obey the laws.
 
2012-07-01 11:44:48 AM

fred_chan: She comes in colors everywhere: Cars don't stop at stop signs.

Where do you live that this is the case? It's very rare for me to see a car, if not completely stop, at least come to a near-complete stop at a stop sign. It is not rare at all for me to see bicyclists whiz through a stop sign without even slowing down. They do it at red lights too, and I haven't seen too many cars do that in my lifetime. People can biatch about "making generalizations" all day long, but I just moved from bike goddamn central (hoardes of bicyclists out every weekend) and I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually seen a bicyclist stop for a stop sign and still have fingers left over.


bwahahaha! we live in Action Park country on a corner with a Stop sign. drivers go right through the Stop so often that the local PD has a cruiser outside our home at least twice a week. sadly it is not unusual to hear the police prowler kick up the road gravel as he takes off to ticket a crap driver. maybe twenty minutes later the cruiser will be back outside waiting for the next offender. this has been going on for years.

i tend to our dog, taking her outside whenever. i've seen cars, trucks, mopeds and motorcycles go right through that Stop sign so many times. in the early AM hours they'll do it at great speed even though the road isn't conducive to it.

they are out there. people are idiots.
 
2012-07-01 11:46:42 AM

crotchgrabber: Where the hell do all of you bike haters live? I see very few idiot moves by cyclists around here. Tourists on rentals and the DUI brigade are the fools. All the roadies are pretty respectful and obey the laws.


Oregon
 
2012-07-01 11:51:33 AM

skinink: Silly Jesus: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

Road cyclists are, by and large, farking coonts.

I don't get the bicyclists. They won't ride in the road because the cars don't let them ride without danger. So what do the bicyclists do? They ride on the sidewalks and terrorize pedestrians as much as the car drivers would terrorize them on the road.
If I ever see a cop pull over and ticket a bicyclist for breaking the law I swear it would be a first.


Terrorize? That's a bit extreme. What would happen to you on a So-Cal boardwalk? I mean, other than curling up into a fetal position.

/on your left
 
2012-07-01 11:54:19 AM

crotchgrabber: Where the hell do all of you bike haters live? I see very few idiot moves by cyclists around here. Tourists on rentals and the DUI brigade are the fools. All the roadies are pretty respectful and obey the laws.


Anywhere outside of California? Look at this bicycle messenger video from Youtube. Not only are these guys breaking all kinds of traffic laws and are reckless, but the guy in back is trying to keep up with them while filming with his helmetcam. Totally inconsiderate. I'd be writing for awhile if I had to list the rider confrontations I've had. I even don't care if they ride on the sidewalk as long as they are considerate of others.
 
2012-07-01 11:55:30 AM

crotchgrabber: Where the hell do all of you bike haters live? I see very few idiot moves by cyclists around here. Tourists on rentals and the DUI brigade are the fools. All the roadies are pretty respectful and obey the laws.


Toronto. Many many idiot cyclists. Almost got hit by one yesterday, flying around a corner -- on a sidewalk. Asshole didn't even slow down or apologize.
 
2012-07-01 11:59:52 AM

crotchgrabber: Where the hell do all of you bike haters live? I see very few idiot moves by cyclists around here. Tourists on rentals and the DUI brigade are the fools. All the roadies are pretty respectful and obey the laws.


I'm not a bike hater. In fact I own and ride two different bikes (and a car and motorcycle). But I see more cyclists not following the laws of the road, then ones that do.
 
2012-07-01 12:09:00 PM

mscleo: crotchgrabber: Where the hell do all of you bike haters live? I see very few idiot moves by cyclists around here. Tourists on rentals and the DUI brigade are the fools. All the roadies are pretty respectful and obey the laws.

Oregon


Pennsylvania

they are not respectful, nor even come close to laws.
 
2012-07-01 12:10:32 PM

"Terrorize? That's a bit extreme. What would happen to you on a So-Cal boardwalk? I mean, other than curling up into a fetal position."


You think it's extreme? I've had riders ride into me full speed, ride in front of me as I am stepping off the curb to cross the street when I have the green, ride at me full speed to get me to move (that was a nice one I basically threw up my hands and blocked my side, bracing for a crash) and been threatened that if I didn't move through the pedestrian crosswalk faster so they can go by, the bicyclist was gonna kick my ass. I don't think it's an exaggeration.


And as for your "on your left"? Fark that. It's a sidewalk, not a bikepath. Get your farking butts on the street if you can't share the sidewalk. And you slow down when approaching a pedestrian instead of acting like it's a bike race.

I hate government regulation in daily life, but I'd be so happy if my state passed a law that most bicyclist had to ride the road, except for young kids. You don't like how pedestrians act on the curb? Then don't ride on it.

 
2012-07-01 12:11:49 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: I've seen motorists run through a late-yellow light and a few people honk when someone cut them off.

As an estimate, I'd say for every 15 major traffic violations I see from cyclists; I see one (less major) violation from a car. Cyclists, as a whole, are d-bags.


I have to agree with this, even as someone who cycles for commuting purposes occasionally (used to do it every day).

I have come to safely assume that a bike will completely disregard a stop sign or red light. Cars, on the other hand, will rolling stop at stop signs and cut through lights 1-2 cars deeper than they should. I've almost never seen a car blow through a stop sign without at least pretending to stop.

Drivers are assholes, sure, but I am constantly stunned by how flagrantly cyclists disregard the rules of the road. I'd be terrified to do that shiat on my commute.
 
2012-07-01 12:16:26 PM

Mambo Bananapatch: crotchgrabber: Where the hell do all of you bike haters live? I see very few idiot moves by cyclists around here. Tourists on rentals and the DUI brigade are the fools. All the roadies are pretty respectful and obey the laws.

Toronto. Many many idiot cyclists. Almost got hit by one yesterday, flying around a corner -- on a sidewalk. Asshole didn't even slow down or apologize.


There are many idiot cyclists here. I've snapped at a couple of people who flew past me from behind on sidewalks, or one person who tried to ride through an on-demand crosswalk while I was crossing and came centimetres from slamming into me.

There are also many idiot motor vehicle drivers who think encroaching upon a crosswalk is totally OK, or blow past open streetcar doors because they just have to be elsewhere Right Now, never mind the safety of boarding and disembarking passengers (such as, say, a certain buffoon of a politician), or park on sidewalks, or any number of douchetastic driving behaviours. Heck, a driver once yelled at me for crossing, while the lights were flashing, because he thought the no-passing Xs up the road actually indicated right-of-way for drivers who cleared them before someone pressed the crossing request button - even though the driver in front of him stopped, and I waited for that vehicle to halt before placing one foot on the road.

As a permanent pedestrian and passenger, I get to deal with all of the assholes, and I know douchebaggery is not the exclusive characteristic of one vehicle operator group or another. The careless jerks slaloming between other vehicles on the highways at 20kmh faster than everyone else are just as bad and dangerous as the jerks who blast down sidewalks and ignore traffic control signals.
 
2012-07-01 12:18:16 PM

skinink: "Terrorize? That's a bit extreme. What would happen to you on a So-Cal boardwalk? I mean, other than curling up into a fetal position."
You think it's extreme? I've had riders ride into me full speed, ride in front of me as I am stepping off the curb to cross the street when I have the green, ride at me full speed to get me to move (that was a nice one I basically threw up my hands and blocked my side, bracing for a crash) and been threatened that if I didn't move through the pedestrian crosswalk faster so they can go by, the bicyclist was gonna kick my ass. I don't think it's an exaggeration.
And as for your "on your left"? Fark that. It's a sidewalk, not a bikepath. Get your farking butts on the street if you can't share the sidewalk. And you slow down when approaching a pedestrian instead of acting like it's a bike race.

I hate government regulation in daily life, but I'd be so happy if my state passed a law that most bicyclist had to ride the road, except for young kids. You don't like how pedestrians act on the curb? Then don't ride on it.


You could have gave the biker a left turn signal to assist, but I suppose you were even as he could have just used an air-horn to let you know he was there.
 
2012-07-01 12:21:53 PM
I bought my friend's backup bike. He is a pretty decent 'roadie'. But he got ticketed recently for cutting off a driver. He said he knew he had room and would not get hit. Overall a better than average 'roadie'.

At a gathering, his friends who are roadies assume since I bought his backup bike that I am a roadie. I'm not. They were laughing at Mike about 'getting caught'.

They were all telling stories about farking with drivers and not getting caught. Even
taunting people who got to near road rage.....then taking off on a side road to avoid the mad driver.

Mike said to me later "If YOU were ever behind them guys....you would go nuts".
 
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