I am all for cycling, and sharing the road with cyclists. However, sharing teh road is a two way street (pardon the pun). Cyclists need to be aware that cars are big, heavy, have blind spots and lots of sound deadening to make it even more challenging for drivers to be aware of cyclists.
While I try to pat myself on teh back for being aware of my surroundings even I have had my situations where I cut off a cyclists by turning in front of them or what not. However, and you thought I was going to go easy, some of these damn cyclists are insane and are going to get hurt.
Do the math, 180lb male body + 20lb bike + wimpy plastic helmet vs. 3200lb steel car. Who is going to come out better off by being cocky or breaking the law? It’s been a little while since I ran into any really cocky riders, so most recently my problems have been with cyclists not following “the rules.”
If I am going to share the road with you, I expect you to be heading in the same direction as me and on the street. If you are flying down a side walk, going against traffic, coming to a partially bling intersection, don’t get your panties in a bunch when I can’t see you as I creep through the stop sign looking.
By default, a driver is going to first check traffic in the lane that they want to travel in. Since I tend to turn right out of my neighborhood I am going to look left immediately to look for traffic. Then check right for peds and u-turns, then check left again before venturing into traffic.
Now, I know it’s not all the riders fault, I mean if that homeowner and the city would just remove bushes, trees and fences I would be able to see far enough to notice you. But since I can’t please refrain from swearing at me, spitting on my car and flipping me off as you narrowly avoid plowing into the front of my car as I inch forward.
I am proud of your athletic prowess and the drive to cut down pollutants while riding, but the responsiblility is not ALL MINE. Open up your own eyes and ears, be aware of upcoming intersections especially when you are breaking the rules.
A little common sense, patience and learning the rules of the road we can co-exist in traffic without these nasty exchanges.