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(NPR)   NPR may be directly responsible for road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws   (npr.org) divider line 359
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2014-08-25 03:27:53 AM  
No.
 
2014-08-25 04:26:49 AM  
Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.
 
2014-08-25 07:21:03 AM  
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2014-08-25 08:11:20 AM  
City slicker problems
 
2014-08-25 08:23:36 AM  
Rage against recumbent owners is genetic.
 
2014-08-25 08:26:53 AM  

doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.


^^^^^
 
2014-08-25 08:34:52 AM  

doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.


If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems? Seriously?
 
2014-08-25 08:37:19 AM  
My rage is directed toward stupid ass bicyclists who ride on the wrong side of the road.  What the hell?  Don't they have safety town in grade school any more?
 
2014-08-25 08:39:12 AM  
What I learned from the NPR Ombudsman column is that a lot of NPR listeners not only want opinions spoon-fed to them, but also for it to be puréed to an unchallenging baby food-like consistency.
 
2014-08-25 08:39:31 AM  

GhostFish: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems? Seriously?


No more than someone driving a car right. Or walking. Or whatever. Some people will be assholes to other people, film at 11.
 
2014-08-25 08:39:53 AM  
NPR thinks it has a power it does not.
 
2014-08-25 08:40:08 AM  

doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.


And that's a load of shiat.
 
2014-08-25 08:40:20 AM  

Cowkitchen2: My rage is directed toward stupid ass bicyclists who ride on the wrong side of the road.  What the hell?  Don't they have safety town in grade school any more?

Dude Safety Town was awesome. Was that part of school or separate, I don't remember.
 
2014-08-25 08:40:58 AM  

doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.


100% this.
 
2014-08-25 08:41:56 AM  

GhostFish: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems? Seriously?


Well, sometimes you still encounter assholes.

But as the saying goes: if you meet an asshole, then you've met an asshole. Of everyone you meet is an asshole, you're the asshole.

/It may not be your fault that someone threatens you, but there are certainly ways for you to mitigate the risk.
 
2014-08-25 08:43:10 AM  

poot_rootbeer: What I learned from the NPR Ombudsman column is that a lot of NPR listeners not only want opinions spoon-fed to them, but also for it to be puréed to an unchallenging baby food-like consistency.


So vote Fox News?
 
2014-08-25 08:43:30 AM  

GhostFish: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems? Seriously?


How about "far fewer problems" or "not as many problems compared to if you do it wrong"?  Do we really think there's going to be a perfect solution here?
 
2014-08-25 08:44:49 AM  

lordjupiter: GhostFish: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems? Seriously?

How about "far fewer problems" or "not as many problems compared to if you do it wrong"?  Do we really think there's going to be a perfect solution here?


Are you advocating for a complete solution to this cyclist problem. Some sort of... final solution?
 
2014-08-25 08:46:40 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: lordjupiter: GhostFish: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems? Seriously?

How about "far fewer problems" or "not as many problems compared to if you do it wrong"?  Do we really think there's going to be a perfect solution here?

Are you advocating for a complete solution to this cyclist problem. Some sort of... final solution?



Nein.
 
2014-08-25 08:47:21 AM  

GhostFish: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems? Seriously?


I am a pretty responsible cyclist, and I have not found this to be the case.
 
2014-08-25 08:47:54 AM  
I don't listen to NPR, and I can't stand the cartoony spandex douchebags. Long ago my abhorrence surfaced for this ilk, it was here in Austin at the height of Lance Armstrong's popularity. I wonder what he is doing right now..
 
2014-08-25 08:49:20 AM  

poot_rootbeer: What I learned from the NPR Ombudsman column is that a lot of NPR listeners not only want opinions spoon-fed to them, but also for it to be puréed to an unchallenging baby food-like consistency.


I'd rather have spoon-fed baby food over the pre-chewed crap Fox News regurgitates into the mouths of its viewers.
 
2014-08-25 08:49:29 AM  
Some of you bicycle doosh bags ride as if getting hit by a car won't hurt.
 
2014-08-25 08:51:35 AM  

doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.


Biggest load of Sh@t I've ever heard.
 
2014-08-25 08:51:51 AM  

poot_rootbeer: What I learned from the NPR Ombudsman column is that a lot of NPR listeners not only want opinions spoon-fed to them, but also for it to be puréed to an unchallenging baby food-like consistency.


NPR has never recovered from Ken Tomlinson trashing the place.  And it probably never will.
 
2014-08-25 08:52:55 AM  

mrinfoguy: I don't listen to NPR, and I can't stand the cartoony spandex douchebags. Long ago my abhorrence surfaced for this ilk, it was here in Austin at the height of Lance Armstrong's popularity. I wonder what he is doing right now..


You sound very fat.
 
2014-08-25 08:53:23 AM  
From reading the original story, it sounds like these particular cyclists don't have bike lanes or even signs saying to share the road.

While I feel for them, their beef is with the city, not with drivers.  Without that infrastructure in place, they truly are making things worse for everyone on the road.
 
2014-08-25 08:54:21 AM  
I give a pass to DUI bike riding guy or too poor to own a car bike riding guy or even I want to get some exercise on my way to work bike riding guy for any number of annoyances they cause but I farking hate i'm lance armstrong's cancerous nut bike riding guy, all decked out in spandex and riding in the middle of the road all so they can use the road and everyone else's time as their personal exercise equipment.
 
2014-08-25 08:58:01 AM  

cranked: poot_rootbeer: What I learned from the NPR Ombudsman column is that a lot of NPR listeners not only want opinions spoon-fed to them, but also for it to be puréed to an unchallenging baby food-like consistency.

So vote Fox News?


Oh my god. A fox news jab! Someone is getting invited to the cool kids table!
 
2014-08-25 08:59:45 AM  

RobotSpider: poot_rootbeer: What I learned from the NPR Ombudsman column is that a lot of NPR listeners not only want opinions spoon-fed to them, but also for it to be puréed to an unchallenging baby food-like consistency.

I'd rather have spoon-fed baby food over the pre-chewed crap Fox News regurgitates into the mouths of its viewers.


Damn the cool kids table is going to get full at this rate!
 
2014-08-25 09:04:15 AM  

doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.


I think it's also a question of where you ride your bike.  There's some roads that are NOT safe for bike riders but you see these spandex wearing assholes on them on occasion.

If it's a 45 or 55 zone, bike riders really need to consider if it's a safe place to ride, especially if there's no shoulder or bike lane.
 
2014-08-25 09:06:13 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

I think it's also a question of where you ride your bike.  There's some roads that are NOT safe for bike riders but you see these spandex wearing assholes on them on occasion.

If it's a 45 or 55 zone, bike riders really need to consider if it's a safe place to ride, especially if there's no shoulder or bike lane.


Like bike lanes matter. The spandex brigade ride 4 across where I live. And we even have 4 foot wide bike lanes. Assholes don't give a shiat.
 
2014-08-25 09:06:56 AM  
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I was a full time bicycle commuter for about five years. I always gave right of way etc. to cars for my own safety.
Gave it up and starting driving after the third time I was hit by a car.
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2014-08-25 09:08:01 AM  
BURKE: It's very frustrating to the point where I want to just run them off the road. And I've actually kind of done one of those drive-really-close-to-them kind of things just to scare them to try to intimidate them to kind of get out of my way

Works for Tony Stewart.
 
2014-08-25 09:09:20 AM  
My favorite commuter bicyclist behavior to witness is when they pass cars that are stopped at a light on the right, and then move back to the middle of the cars' lane after passing. Bonus points if they do it right in the middle of the crosswalk in front of the first car, or if they run the light.
 
2014-08-25 09:09:28 AM  

Skateboy: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

Biggest load of Sh@t I've ever heard.


THIS.
 
2014-08-25 09:10:02 AM  
Where is that photo from? Is there some sort of law in California that you HAVE to wear a helmet? I mean, helmets are a good idea, and you see a lot of people wear them, but not people who ride in their street clothes. Not on the east coast, anyway.

If you have so many cyclists that they form trains, that's a sign you need a separated bike lane. Individual bikes can blend into traffic reasonably well, but pelotons just clog up the road.
 
2014-08-25 09:11:29 AM  

poot_rootbeer: What I learned from the NPR Ombudsman column is that a lot of NPR listeners not only want opinions spoon-fed to them, but also for it to be puréed to an unchallenging baby food-like consistency.


That's why it's called pablum.
 
2014-08-25 09:13:52 AM  
Its rush hour, its a busy road.  I'm glad you think that biking is making you and the world a better place.  Get off the damn road.  I understand that most suburbs don't have proper bike paths, I don't care.  I hate you.

\not fat
\\works out often
\\\26 minutes to get to the gym
 
2014-08-25 09:16:17 AM  

fireclown: I am a pretty responsible cyclist, and I have not found this to be the case.


That's because you are an individual. My experience with the vast majority of cyclists has been uniformly negative.

Cyclists need to learn to acknowledge that their sense of entitlement does not make them magically immune to any and all physical damage.
 
2014-08-25 09:16:33 AM  

El_Dan: My favorite commuter bicyclist behavior to witness is when they pass cars that are stopped at a light on the right, and then move back to the middle of the cars' lane after passing. Bonus points if they do it right in the middle of the crosswalk in front of the first car, or if they run the light.


You do that when it's a turn lane, to get out of the way of the right-turning traffic. What's the problem? Cars pass on left in the same lane as bike, bike passes on the right when cars stop. Now, if they pass all those cars and then use up the whole lane, then, yeah, that's an asshole.

People need to get over bikes running red lights. If you stop at the light, and make sure there's no oncoming cross traffic, it's no different than a pedestrian crossing against the light when there's no traffic. Which in most places is considered normal, perfectly safe behavior. Bikes running red lights without slowing down, or when there's cross traffic or pedestrians in the crosswalk, yeah, they need to die.
 
2014-08-25 09:19:25 AM  

cranked: poot_rootbeer: What I learned from the NPR Ombudsman column is that a lot of NPR listeners not only want opinions spoon-fed to them, but also for it to be puréed to an unchallenging baby food-like consistency.

So vote Fox News?


Didn't NPR tell you Fox News is biased and evil?
Now shut up and eat your Kale. It's good for you.
 
2014-08-25 09:21:09 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: fireclown: I am a pretty responsible cyclist, and I have not found this to be the case.

That's because you are an individual. My experience with the vast majority of cyclists has been uniformly negative.

Cyclists need to learn to acknowledge that their sense of entitlement does not make them magically immune to any and all physical damage.


I find that car drivers tend to be a lot more freaked out about my chances of getting hit than I am. I've been doing this for a very long time; I know about vectors. The way I ride, you really are not likely to be ABLE to hit me, even though I'm close to your car. However, if you're bearing down on a crosswalk with a yield to bikes sign, I'm gonna step out in front of you, and yell at you if necessary, while still having room enough to jump out of the way if you don't stop the way you're supposed to.

/DC drivers are the most entitled assholes in the universe.
 
2014-08-25 09:21:26 AM  

LazyMedia:

People need to get over bikes running red lights. If you stop at the light, and make sure there's no oncoming cross traffic, it's no different than a pedestrian crossing against the light when there's no traffic. Which in most places is considered normal, perfectly safe behavior. Bikes running red lights without slowing down, or when there's cross traffic or pedestrians in the crosswalk, yeah, they need to die.


9/10

Or you're part of the problem.
 
2014-08-25 09:21:27 AM  
FWIW, I used to ride to work, and did lots of errands on my bike.  Never had a real problem, but I got scared a couple times.  There are safe places, and dangerous places to ride your bike.

The problem arises when you have a peloton of assholes who clog a two-lane 45 mph highway.  There's not necessarily safety in numbers, IMO, but there is definitely a greater sense of self-importance.

Personally, I think it's safer to ride alone.  I don't have to communicate with another unprotected rider, just the cars and the road conditions.
 
2014-08-25 09:21:45 AM  

fireclown: GhostFish: doglover: Road rage against bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws is caused by bicyclers who won't stay in the bike lane and follow traffic laws.

Basically it's a very simple formula:

A nice guy on a bicycle = A nice guy.

An asshole on a bicycle = An asshole.

The bicycle is NOT the X factor in how other people on the road treat you. If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems.

If you ride your bike right, you'll face no problems? Seriously?

I am a pretty responsible cyclist, and I have not found this to be the case.


True.

Unfortunately I think for most "cyclists" is a general term with a cumulative level of experience weighted more towards the level of frustration that feeds their desired narrative.

There are pricks who are cyclists.  But not all cyclists are pricks.
 
2014-08-25 09:21:49 AM  

LazyMedia: El_Dan: My favorite commuter bicyclist behavior to witness is when they pass cars that are stopped at a light on the right, and then move back to the middle of the cars' lane after passing. Bonus points if they do it right in the middle of the crosswalk in front of the first car, or if they run the light.

You do that when it's a turn lane, to get out of the way of the right-turning traffic. What's the problem? Cars pass on left in the same lane as bike, bike passes on the right when cars stop. Now, if they pass all those cars and then use up the whole lane, then, yeah, that's an asshole.

People need to get over bikes running red lights. If you stop at the light, and make sure there's no oncoming cross traffic, it's no different than a pedestrian crossing against the light when there's no traffic. Which in most places is considered normal, perfectly safe behavior. Bikes running red lights without slowing down, or when there's cross traffic or pedestrians in the crosswalk, yeah, they need to die.


Passing stopped cars on the right is a problem because if you do it on a crowded downtown street without a bike lane, you're forcing the cars to re-pass you (or wait behind you) after every light.
 
2014-08-25 09:23:55 AM  

Headso: I give a pass to DUI bike riding guy or too poor to own a car bike riding guy or even I want to get some exercise on my way to work bike riding guy for any number of annoyances they cause but I farking hate i'm lance armstrong's cancerous nut bike riding guy, all decked out in spandex and riding in the middle of the road all so they can use the road and everyone else's time as their personal exercise equipment.


But, if we could only harness the smug, it would light the city.
 
2014-08-25 09:24:20 AM  
Nearly all of my near-misses while riding a bicycle have come from other cyclists blowing through red lights and/or stop signs.

Take out your ear buds, you morans!
 
2014-08-25 09:24:34 AM  

LazyMedia: People need to get over bikes running red lights. If you stop at the light, and make sure there's no oncoming cross traffic, it's no different than a pedestrian crossing against the light when there's no traffic.


The law says otherwise.

If you want drivers to treat you with the respect that's legally yours, earn it.

/bike commuter
//stops for stop signs, stop lights, school buses
 
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