posted on Sep, 11 2014 @ 09:16 PM
a reply to: American-philosopher
What irks me out here is not that there are people that ride their bikes in the road, but that most of the ones I've come across have the "I want my
cake, and the ability to eat it too" mentality. For example, one bicyclist constantly blows the red lights in the area. Point is - when you ride in
the road you are
considered a car, which means you have to obey the same rules as a car. Which means, in short, you can't blow a light - if I
did that, I'd get a lovely ticket.
The way I see it, as a biker myself, the sidewalk is far more safer. Why? I'll give you another example. On my way coming home from work, I got stuck
behind a biker in a left turn lane. Now, I don't always pay attention, but I gave him room (while grudging to myself), and I see that in the middle
of his turn, his gear slipped. Now, had he landed his bike, and I not given him any room, he'd be a goner. If the same thing happened on the
sidewalk, at least he'd land on the grass, be able to dust himself off, and go on his way.
And it might be a bit ignorant, but there's a reason they don't allow bikes on the highway or freeway - you are putting yourself at risk because you
are a "slow" moving vehicle; if you cannot go within 10mph of the speed limit, on a known busy stretch of road, then you have a death wish.
PS: I agree with the statement to remember, there are those of us that have jobs to get to; what happens when we come across a car going well below
the speed limit? We pass it up. Don't be surprised if we pass you up either, because you are now a car.