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(Orlando Sentinel)   Deputy stops group of 30 triathlon bicyclists for riding outside bike lane, but only gives a ticket to one woman, explaining he got "fixated" on her purple outfit   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 20
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2012-07-23 10:55:26 AM
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fluffy2097: MA has a law specifically requiring you to ride single file unless you are passing.

I've seen bikers "passing eachother" for over half a mile.


I see cars in the left passing lane, going 15mph over the legal speed limit passing for 10 and 20 miles. They don't get tickets. Why focus on bikes when cars are the life threatening menace on the road?
2012-07-23 09:49:35 AM
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Confabulat: macadamnut: stay on the sidewalk where you belong

Hell yeah I stay on the sidewalk as much as possible. Wow I'd hate to inconvenience a pedestrian to move to the right a little rather than risk death on the road.

Sorry dude, I like to survive and I know my fellow man is an idiot. You bike on a roadway, you are putting implicit trust in every single anonymous car that zooms mere feet by you that they are not texting, drinking, drinking and texting, getting a blow job, doing their makeup, falling asleep, etc., etc.

That's just not smart human behavior. That's like Darwinism at work if you die out there with a perfectly good sidewalk 10 feet over with a couple of cute chicks jogging or something.


Most places prohibit bikers from using sidewalks so they don't run down pedestrians. It'd be quite painful to get hit by a Lance Armstrong wannabe, flying down the sidewalk at 20 to 30 mph.

Bikers are supposed to stay to the edge of the lane of traffic on the shoulder or breakdown lane.

Why the farking joggers are in the middle of the road when there's a sidewalk next to them is a much more valid question.
2012-07-23 09:36:31 AM
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Confabulat: serial_crusher: Confabulat: Stop for them. Always, no matter if you have the right-of-way

Don't listen to this guy. Last thing we need is more cyclists doing this, convincing more drivers that that's how it's supposed to work. Take your lane and follow the laws just like you'd expect any other vehicle to do.

Also strap video cameras to your bike in case anything happens. You can get a decent camera for under $200.

Ha, I guess that can be like the little black box they recover from airplane wreckage.


Actually, a guy in my fencing group does this; he's been hit something like three times in five years, busted leg, concussion, various ribs, etc...his helmet video camera is helping him collect a tidy sum from the last idiot who ran him down. He just got married, so it'll be a nice downpayment for their house.
2012-07-23 03:00:44 PM
1 votes:
Confabulat
Hell I don't respect anyone when I travel except for me and my safety.

Get the fark off the road.
2012-07-23 11:45:50 AM
1 votes:
I'm thinking of getting a camera for my helmet or bike. I'll post pictures of those asshat cyclist on the River Trail here in Little Rock that think they own the path. Yesterday as I was unloading my bike at the foot of the bridge I heard a guy screaming "on your left". I look up at the bridge and see this douchenozzle coming down the northside of the bridge at a really high speed. walkers were jumping out of the way of this asshat.

later on I was coming up on a couple of slower cyclist, but could not pass because of a couple of walkers coming the opposite way. I slowed and waited until the walkers went by then would make my pass on the cyclist. but no. there were a group of 6 Lance Armstrong wannabees come up behind the walkers yelling out "behind you" and went in between all of us, 2 abreast. asshats. everyone of them. come within inches of hitting someone at the speed they were going.
2012-07-23 11:16:30 AM
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fluffy2097: It'd be quite painful to get hit by a Lance Armstrong wannabe, flying down the sidewalk at 20 to 30 mph.


Oh god yeah, those assholes are embarrassing to drivers and us regular bikers alike. I bike because it's my transportation, not because I'm in some imaginary contest with myself. I chill out, enjoy the scenery, listen to music on the bluetooth headphone thingee, and I'm a happy little kid.

Then one of those morons in purple spandax with their head down BECAUSE THIS IS SERIOUS chases me out of the bike lane.

There are bikers, people who use their bikes to get around in life. Then there are "bikers," the spandax serious sort who probably commute to work for an hour each way and then spend two hours biking. We all know those goobs.
2012-07-23 10:47:37 AM
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ph0rk: Also: riding 2 or 3 abreast on a 55 mph country road in the middle of a blind curve is just asking to get plowed into.


Rounding a blind curve at speeds faster than you can react to an obstacle is asking to cause a wreck. It might not be a cyclist there. It might be a disabled car, a large animal, boulders, something that fell off a truck...if you can't see ahead, slow down. Not sure why you're driving if you're blaming a potential victim for your inability to obey the basic speed rule. This isn't rocket science, it's the law.
2012-07-23 10:33:32 AM
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tbhouston: so her defense is i broke the law...but other people did too?

seems legit, god bless amerkia


No, they all moved over to the next lane to overtake another cyclist, something that the article even mentions is explicitly allowed. Her defense is nobody broke the law because everyone was overtaking Granny.
2012-07-23 10:06:39 AM
1 votes:

fluffy2097: urger: In most places bicyclists are entitled to the entire lane by law.

Not if they aren't going the speed limit they are not. They must always yield to faster moving traffic. Riding line abreast at 5 mph chatting to your friends in a 35mph zone does not fly.


Ding ding ding.


Also: riding 2 or 3 abreast on a 55 mph country road in the middle of a blind curve is just asking to get plowed into.
2012-07-23 09:56:17 AM
1 votes:
"The highways are crowded with people who drive as if their sole purpose in getting behind the wheel is to avenge every wrong done them by man, beast or fate. The only thing that keeps them in line is their fear of death, jail and lawsuits."
-Hunter S. Thompson, Hells Angels
2012-07-23 09:55:46 AM
1 votes:

fluffy2097: Nothing in the article says that they were racing. They were just riding their bikes.


What difference does that make? They are legally required to be in the road as riding on sidewalks is prohibited in most places and observe vehicle and traffic laws. Supposed there is no designated bike lane?
A bike in front of you in a car has the right of way, so move to the left and pass when safe to do so.
Cop was an asshat IMHO
/not a bike rider
//GED law, yuk yuk
2012-07-23 09:55:03 AM
1 votes:

fluffy2097: Bikers are supposed to stay to the edge of the lane of traffic on the shoulder or breakdown lane.


In most places bicyclists are entitled to the entire lane by law.
2012-07-23 09:47:00 AM
1 votes:

macadamnut: stay on the sidewalk where you belong


Hell yeah I stay on the sidewalk as much as possible. Wow I'd hate to inconvenience a pedestrian to move to the right a little rather than risk death on the road.

Sorry dude, I like to survive and I know my fellow man is an idiot. You bike on a roadway, you are putting implicit trust in every single anonymous car that zooms mere feet by you that they are not texting, drinking, drinking and texting, getting a blow job, doing their makeup, falling asleep, etc., etc.

That's just not smart human behavior. That's like Darwinism at work if you die out there with a perfectly good sidewalk 10 feet over with a couple of cute chicks jogging or something.
2012-07-23 09:46:05 AM
1 votes:

Confabulat: black box they recover from airplane wreckage


Pretty much. I'm going to be out there riding anyhow, so if some asshat is going to run me down, at least I'll have enough evidence to send his ass to jail for a long time.

I started out with just one mounted to my handlebars, but now I have one under the seatpost facing backwards, and another one on my helmet. Might be coincidental at this point, but it seems like when I added the helmet cam, drivers actually started noticing that they were on camera and began behaving a little better.
2012-07-23 09:42:01 AM
1 votes:
The article says no violation occurred. This will be tossed out in court.
2012-07-23 09:39:49 AM
1 votes:
ginmillerfitness.com

Being saluted by fellow riders for surviving pancreatic cancer
2012-07-23 09:32:36 AM
1 votes:
Don't be the one in the group that stands out, because it means you'll take the fall.
2012-07-23 09:14:24 AM
1 votes:
here's a video with her. Yeah I'd do her, but I don't know if she'd stand out enough in a group of female triathletes to say that it was because I was attracted to her.

The important thing here is that leaving the bike lane to pass a slower rider is completely legal. Asshat cop ruined peoples' race and wasted everyone's time because he doesn't know the laws he's paid to enforce.
2012-07-23 08:48:55 AM
1 votes:

xanadian: I'm sure this thread will be filled with reasoned debate regarding cyclists and cycling.


There's no debate really. I don't own a car so I ride my bike everywhere. I don't do it because of the environment or because I'm a hippy or anything, I just can't afford auto insurance and I don't have a driver's license. I live in St. Petersburg, Florida which is not always an easy place to navigate (but a lot better than Tampa, damn!)

There is only one thing you need to know: Never trust anyone driving a car, and never expect them to stop for you, pay attention to you, or notice you. Stop for them. Always, no matter if you have the right-of-way. You may not like them and may want to yell at them for being ignorant of your divine rights as a biker, but you will lose this battle every time, so just shut up, stay on the sidewalk where you belong, and quit acting like drivers are ever going to treat you as an equal because "that's the law."

When you get on a busy roadway on a bicycle your only thought should be how to stay alive. Never think the guy behind you isn't methed out of his skull right now.

The "law" won't do you much good when they are scraping your brains off the roadway.
2012-07-23 08:26:48 AM
1 votes:
The purple outfit that accentuated her perky breasts and curvy buttocks, I presume.
 
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