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2014-07-05 10:22:40 AM  
Good.  Biking requires as much (if not more) attention as driving.  I've seen idiot after idiot blazing down the road at 30 mph staring at a goddamn phone instead of watching where they were heading on their bicycle.  And it's not like bicyclists are courteous people to begin with. Tickets are about the only thing that they respond to.
 
2014-07-05 10:50:22 AM  

Lsherm: Good.  Biking requires as much (if not more) attention as driving.  I've seen idiot after idiot blazing down the road at 30 mph staring at a goddamn phone instead of watching where they were heading on their bicycle.  And it's not like bicyclists are courteous people to begin with. Tickets are about the only thing that they respond to.


I saw a bicyclist respond to a Toyota once. It's amazing how far they can fly when broadsided. Kind of gruesome when he landed, you'd think more of them would respond to red lights.
 
2014-07-05 11:31:23 AM  
Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?
 
2014-07-05 11:34:27 AM  
This is why I cycle hands-free.
 
2014-07-05 11:35:51 AM  
Good! Idiots on bicycles give the rest of us a bad name. Idiots in motor vehicles just kill people.
 
2014-07-05 11:36:43 AM  

jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?


Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......
 
2014-07-05 11:40:56 AM  

steamingpile: They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......


Look at all the cyclists forcing you to drive slower.

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2014-07-05 11:41:15 AM  

steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......


How is the ozone affected by your car?

And not all of us are trying to save an already doomed planet. Some of us just like to ride. If you don't like being behind cyclists while driving your car maybe you should take the bus and quit your sniveling.
 
2014-07-05 11:44:35 AM  
I watched a girl cycling past my house only two days ago & she was texting/ updating farcebook/ tweeting etc.
She managed to successfully free wheel straight into a bin

/yes i laughed
//quite a lot actually
 
2014-07-05 11:49:51 AM  
I guess I don't have the talent. I would probably hit something or fall over if I so much as put in the first letter of my text.
 
2014-07-05 11:53:55 AM  
I cycle 25km every (working)day. I don't even consider texting while riding. I'm just not good enough at texting.
 
2014-07-05 11:58:34 AM  
Maybe it is just because I never figured out how to ride hands free, but how the hell do you cycle and text at the same time?! I suppose you could swype with your thumb, but even then common sense would quickly correct your nerves.

Then again, I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind texting and driving, but here we are.
 
2014-07-05 11:59:32 AM  
Yeah I'm not sure what makes this fark-worthy.  Seems reasonable enough.
 
2014-07-05 11:59:52 AM  

steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......


I cycle because it's faster than public transit and free.

I rarely slow any car down and try to follow the rules of the road. I don't feel there's more asshole cyclists per capita than drivers. At least here.
 
2014-07-05 12:00:15 PM  
I almost ran over and killed a cyclist who was texting yesterday-- in the goddamn rain, no less.  He never even noticed.
 
2014-07-05 12:01:42 PM  

jaytkay: steamingpile: They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......

Look at all the cyclists forcing you to drive slower.


Pretty much this. If you cannot safely pass a cyclist who is hugging the curb without tripling your commute time, then you should not be driving at all.
 
2014-07-05 12:13:10 PM  
I saw a cyclist with an actual book propped up on his handlebars trying to read while he peddled down the road.
 
2014-07-05 12:23:13 PM  
I've lived in college towns since texting became a thing.

I'm just saying, this is not one of those laws we'd never have occasion to use.
 
2014-07-05 12:25:48 PM  

jaytkay: steamingpile: They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......

Look at all the cyclists forcing you to drive slower.


Yep, there they are in front of all those cars. All four of them, one in each lane.
 
2014-07-05 12:39:03 PM  

TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......

How is the ozone affected by your car?

And not all of us are trying to save an already doomed planet. Some of us just like to ride. If you don't like being behind cyclists while driving your car maybe you should take the bus and quit your sniveling.


Global warming and all that shiat....

And when you have two lane roads barely large enough to have two cars pass safely then a pack of 5-10 riders deciding to just go for a ride on the road instead of the miles of paths we have and spent millions on is maddening. That is why people in cars get pissed, no matter what cyclists think going 30 in a 45 does feel extremely slow. And usually that is their average speed so going uphill they are crawling around 5mph or so with a line of 10-20 cars behind you.

Hell even in Amsterdam they have lanes for bikes only which let's traffic flow, until that happens here bikes need to stay the fark off the roads.
 
2014-07-05 12:44:09 PM  
In many states bikes are considered moving vehicles, even requiring registration.

Subby's ignorance of common laws is showing again.
 
2014-07-05 01:00:27 PM  

steamingpile: Hell even in Amsterdam they have lanes for bikes only which let's traffic flow, until that happens here bikes need to stay the fark off the roads.


I have a bus pass for you too.
 
2014-07-05 01:02:15 PM  

Meesterjojo: In many states bikes are considered moving vehicles, even requiring registration.


Really? I never knew that actually.
Coming from England, I recall having to go through a cycling proficiency test with a police officer who visited our school & IIRC we got a certificate if we passed & were then allowed on the road.
I don't think this happens anymore though, which would explain all the yahoos who jump stop lights & cycle the wrong way on one way streets.
But the worst thing I think is cyclists who go out on the road with iProds or similar & can't actually hear what's about to wing them & send them to the ER (or morgue).
Perhaps drivers should friend cyclists on farcebook & then they could warn them of imminent death/ maiming & cyclists could return the favour by warning drivers that they are about to carve them up or appear out of nowhere whilst not wearing a helmet.
As it seems both drivers & cyclists are sadly guilty of texting, this could work couldn't it?

/is that how any of this works?
 
2014-07-05 01:02:22 PM  

steamingpile: TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......

How is the ozone affected by your car?

And not all of us are trying to save an already doomed planet. Some of us just like to ride. If you don't like being behind cyclists while driving your car maybe you should take the bus and quit your sniveling.

Global warming and all that shiat....

And when you have two lane roads barely large enough to have two cars pass safely...  ...bikes need to stay the fark off the roads.


And I'm heading out the door to the grocery store right now. On my bike. On a narrow two lane road.

Chill you whiny little biatch.
 
2014-07-05 01:02:39 PM  

steamingpile: Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.


THIS.   I enjoy cycling, but in my state bicycles are considered vehicles and are expected to follow the signs and laws which motor vehicles are subject to.   Most cyclists DON'T, then wonder why they get hit by a car when the cyclist blows through a 4-way stop.   Whenever I see a cyclist I EXPECT them to cut me off and act like ass-tards.

Similarly, I'd love to know the genius at DOT who keeps putting in bike lanes all over the place in Florida.    It's FLORIDA, where we were seeing near-100F temps with high humidity last week.  You can build bike lanes all you want, but the climate here isn't favorable.  Joe Public's not going to leave their car for a bike with that type of heat.   Hell, Joe Public would probably get heat stroke if they attempted to bike their commute in those conditions.    There's plenty of roads where it does make sense, where people actually want to recreationally-bike.
 
2014-07-05 01:07:39 PM  

Lsherm: Good.  Biking requires as much (if not more) attention as driving.  I've seen idiot after idiot blazing down the road at 30 mph staring at a goddamn phone instead of watching where they were heading on their bicycle.  And it's not like bicyclists are courteous people to begin with. Tickets are about the only thing that they respond to.


I don't know, I've found that a nudge from the front fender of my Lexus works pretty good.
 
2014-07-05 01:16:12 PM  
Simple solution to texting while in control of any vehicle on the road : suspend drivers license for 30 days every time and impound vehicle, ( bike or car ) for same time period.

A month of having to beg rides ,takes cabs, buses, walk ,etc, would cure a lot of that shiat.

A ticket is useless, unless the punishment actually hurts, it is a waste of time.
 
2014-07-05 01:28:21 PM  
Sean M,
THIS. I enjoy cycling, but in my state bicycles are considered vehicles and are expected to follow the signs and laws which motor vehicles are subject to. Most cyclists DON'T, then wonder why they get hit by a car when the cyclist blows through a 4-way stop. Whenever I see a cyclist I EXPECT them to cut me off and act like ass-tards.
Similarly, I'd love to know the genius at DOT who keeps putting in bike lanes all over the place in Florida. It's FLORIDA, where we were seeing near-100F temps with high humidity last week. You can build bike lanes all you want, but the climate here isn't favorable. Joe Public's not going to leave their car for a bike with that type of heat. Hell, Joe Public would probably get heat stroke if they attempted to bike their commute in those conditions. There's plenty of roads where it does make sense, where people actually want to recreationally-bike.


Maybe it is just me, but I enjoy biking in the heat, and have done it in well into the 90's. As long as you are moving it keep you cool. The problem is when you stop and the sweat comes out like a spigot. It work make going into work uncomfortable.
 
2014-07-05 01:43:29 PM  

Electrify: Maybe it is just because I never figured out how to ride hands free, but how the hell do you cycle and text at the same time?! I suppose you could swype with your thumb, but even then common sense would quickly correct your nerves.

Then again, I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind texting and driving, but here we are.


Bold part is your answer. If you don't have the coordination to do that, there are a lot of things that probably seem too complicated for you.
 
2014-07-05 02:06:24 PM  
so this happened to be on my fb feed this morning-

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2014-07-05 02:47:35 PM  

Lsherm: Good.  Biking requires as much (if not more) attention as driving.  I've seen idiot after idiot blazing down the road at 30 mph staring at a goddamn phone instead of watching where they were heading on their bicycle.  And it's not like bicyclists are courteous people to begin with. Tickets are about the only thing that they respond to.


Cycling is a consistent experience of having your life threatened and having to change your behavior, and having people too fat to ride a bike to say dumb things about you.

Also, texting is literally one of the safest things I've ever done on a bike.
 
2014-07-05 03:04:12 PM  
www.quickmeme.com

Do bicyclists even eat McRib sandwiches?
 
2014-07-05 03:38:41 PM  

Sean M: I enjoy cycling, but in my state bicycles are considered vehicles and are expected to follow the signs and laws which motor vehicles are subject to. Most cyclists DON'T


If I had a dollar for every time a motorist rolled down his window to complain about me supposedly violating a nonexistent law that he was misinformed about.
 
2014-07-05 03:45:27 PM  

Pista: Meesterjojo: In many states bikes are considered moving vehicles, even requiring registration.

Really? I never knew that actually.


No place I've lived has ever really "required" registration.  It's mainly so the police have your bike on file if it gets stolen.  They catch a bike thief and he's got a garage full of unclaimed bikes.  Being on their registry helps them get it back to you.

I know the City of Houston used to officially require it, but they didn't enforce it and stopped requiring it in 2008.  According to this article there were only about 100 people in the entire city who had actually bothered to register, and most of their information was out of date.

Everything else that guy said was spot on though.  Bikes are supposed to follow the same laws as other road users.  Not texting is one of those rules.

Would be nice if we could stop pedestrians from texting on public sidewalks as well.
 
2014-07-05 03:50:40 PM  

strathmeyer: Also, texting is literally one of the safest things I've ever done on a bike.


Make sure to tell the paramedics that when they shovel you off the pavement.  I'm sure they'll be impressed.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-05 05:20:41 PM  
Weird law. Usually they ban texting while stationary to make it easier for police to write tickets.
 
2014-07-05 05:57:33 PM  
In California (and most other states), a bicyclist on the road has all the same rights and is subject to all the same provisions of drivers of motor vehicles on the road. Ergo, texting while cycling is forbidden. For most places in the States, this is nothing new.
 
2014-07-05 07:24:45 PM  

TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: Hell even in Amsterdam they have lanes for bikes only which let's traffic flow, until that happens here bikes need to stay the fark off the roads.

I have a bus pass for you too.


Shows what you know there are no busses out here.

Bicyclists are a nuisance if the roads don't allow it and should be banned off certain roads.
 
2014-07-05 07:31:20 PM  

TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......

How is the ozone affected by your car?

And not all of us are trying to save an already doomed planet. Some of us just like to ride. If you don't like being behind cyclists while driving your car maybe you should take the bus and quit your sniveling.

Global warming and all that shiat....

And when you have two lane roads barely large enough to have two cars pass safely...  ...bikes need to stay the fark off the roads.

And I'm heading out the door to the grocery store right now. On my bike. On a narrow two lane road.

Chill you whiny little biatch.


You're the one whining about BS when its basic common sense cyclists are at a disadvantage and inconveniencing everyone else besides the few who are sanctimonious about their right to ride.

Stay the fark off the road when its busy otherwise you will piss off the wrong person and wind up in the hospital like a guy down here in Atlanta.
 
2014-07-05 08:53:00 PM  
I'd be happier if they just banned cycling.  On roads.
 
2014-07-06 12:03:13 AM  

steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......


WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!  I was once incovenienced for a few moments.

Boo farking hoo.
 
2014-07-06 12:04:22 AM  

TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......

How is the ozone affected by your car?

And not all of us are trying to save an already doomed planet. Some of us just like to ride. If you don't like being behind cyclists while driving your car maybe you should take the bus and quit your sniveling.


+ eleventy
 
2014-07-06 12:18:15 AM  

steamingpile: TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......

How is the ozone affected by your car?

And not all of us are trying to save an already doomed planet. Some of us just like to ride. If you don't like being behind cyclists while driving your car maybe you should take the bus and quit your sniveling.

Global warming and all that shiat....

And when you have two lane roads barely large enough to have two cars pass safely...  ...bikes need to stay the fark off the roads.

And I'm heading out the door to the grocery store right now. On my bike. On a narrow two lane road.

Chill you whiny little biatch.

You're the one whining about BS when its basic common sense cyclists are at a disadvantage and inconveniencing everyone else besides the few who are sanctimonious about their right to ride.

Stay the fark off the road when its busy otherwise you will piss off the wrong person and wind up in the hospital like a guy down here in Atlanta.


An idiot and a bully. Why am I not surprised. Someone once called your nome de plume very appropriate...
 
2014-07-06 11:28:16 AM  

serial_crusher: If I had a dollar for every time a motorist rolled down his window to complain about me supposedly violating a nonexistent law that he was misinformed about.


You're supposed to say "you sound like you just want to hit someone with your car" so that they can scream "I would never do that!" just before they angrily speed off and hit you with their car.
 
2014-07-06 11:33:06 AM  

steamingpile: Hell even in Amsterdam they have lanes for bikes only which let's traffic flow, until that happens here bikes need to stay the fark off the roads.


They did that by curbing their addiction to foreign oil. So joke's on you.
 
2014-07-06 11:38:37 AM  

Lsherm: Make sure to tell the paramedics that when they shovel you off the pavement.  I'm sure they'll be impressed.


Oh, no, I'm an adult, I'm pretty good at bike-riding. The drunk drivers, texting drivers, bad drivers, and angry drivers are the only problems around here.
 
2014-07-06 11:53:09 AM  

RareChimer: In California (and most other states), a bicyclist on the road has all the same rights and is subject to all the same provisions of drivers of motor vehicles on the road. Ergo, texting while cycling is forbidden. For most places in the States, this is nothing new.


CVC 21200 states that the rules of the road, set out in Division 11 of the California Vehicle Code, that do not specifically apply only to motor vehicles are applicable to cyclists. So there are no such laws stating a cyclists is subject to any of the stipulations of a motor vehicles.

/notalawyer
//always hear this one
 
2014-07-06 02:27:29 PM  

steamingpile: TwowheelinTim: steamingpile: jaytkay: Why "Fark"?

Is this supposed to seem ironic or outrageous or something?

Cyclists think they are above every rule and are superior in every way by feeling they have a right to block traffic and turn what should be a 10 minute trip into a 25-30 minute trip.

They're saving the earth by not using their cars and forcing us to drive slower....thereby making us keep it running longer which kills the ozone......

How is the ozone affected by your car?

And not all of us are trying to save an already doomed planet. Some of us just like to ride. If you don't like being behind cyclists while driving your car maybe you should take the bus and quit your sniveling.

Global warming and all that shiat....

And when you have two lane roads barely large enough to have two cars pass safely then a pack of 5-10 riders deciding to just go for a ride on the road instead of the miles of paths we have and spent millions on is maddening. That is why people in cars get pissed, no matter what cyclists think going 30 in a 45 does feel extremely slow. And usually that is their average speed so going uphill they are crawling around 5mph or so with a line of 10-20 cars behind you.

Hell even in Amsterdam they have lanes for bikes only which let's traffic flow, until that happens here bikes need to stay the fark off the roads.


You need a smaller car. Or to learn how to drive.

/even city streets are wide enough to accommodate cars passing and cyclists
//if you are having this much trouble passing cars safely, let alone cyclists, the problem ain't the cyclists
 
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