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(Guardian)   If you knocked a cyclist off his bike and then boasted about it on Twitter @NorwichPoliceUK would like to have a DM with you   ( guardian.co.uk) divider line
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2013-05-23 10:25:25 AM  
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meanmutton: Seems appropriate:
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Are you shiatting me?

"4. I will run red lights with caution."

That kind of sums it up for me - there are riders (such as the creator of this little gem) that think behavior like that is OK.  Well, it's not.  Stop at red lights.  It's the law you asshole, and it's a good one, designed to protect your dumb ass and keep you from causing an accident.

There are plenty of assholes on both sides of the issue, but my experience is that I can count on the car drivers to obey the law the large majority of the time.  I can count on bike riders to break the law the large majority of the time.  Lots of riders in Boston, and pretty much every one I see breaks the law at some point during the minute or two I see them, mostly running red lights and failing to yield to pedestrians.  Kudos to the good riders, fark you to the asshole riders (and asshole car drivers).
2013-05-22 11:51:34 PM  
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-I obey traffic lights.
-I stop or slow down to the bare minimum to keep myself on my bike at stop signs.
-I don't go down one way streets the wrong way unless I screwed up my navigation and proceeding the correct way would wind me up in a dangerous road or intersection, and if it's short enough, I'll just walk it on the sidewalk.
-I keep in the farking bike lane at all costs and drive up the middle of the chevrons on shared lanes
-I follow right-of-way rules at every 4-way stop
-I allow cars to proceed ahead when it's too crowded or dangerous.
-I signal when making (most) turns
-I don't rush the yellow light
-I don't weave in and out of traffic or lanes
-I stop for pedestrians
-I use my bell when needed. Some folks DO like to hang out in bike lanes; I will never understand why.
-I slow down when there's an ample number of pedestrians on a shared bikeway
-I keep off the busiest roads. If a road not normally busy becomes busy, I sometimes walk the bike instead.
-I don't assume all roads are suitable for bikes. There's one pair of one-way roads to and from my home that are a main route to the freeway and from the freeway. I accidentally got on the "from" road once. Scariest moment of my biking life. I see bikes on those roads on rare occasion. Stupid morons.

So basically, me, as a bike rider obeys more traffic laws than I would say 70-80% of all cars I see on the road. Sad.

2013-05-22 09:24:11 PM  
1 vote:
When I was in college we used to chuck water bottles at the bicyclists who go way over into the left of the lane and don't let anyone pass. We had one guy who was actually swerving his bike around to prevent us from passing, so we gave his rear wheel a light tap and he went flying.

Good times.
2013-05-22 06:28:02 PM  
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Fark bicycle vs. car thread!  Popcorn time!  In one corner, it's:

"Share the road! The laws say we can, and we can even break the laws when we want!"

...aaaaand in the other corner, it's:

"Get on the sidewalk!  Get off the sidewalk!  If you share the road, act like a car!  If you don't, we have killing rights!"

Who will win?  Who will lose?
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