I'm driving a 1 ton machine capable of high speeds. I have to look out for signs, other motor vehicles, and pedestrians. Why burden drivers the responsibility of looking out for bicyclists on the road on top of their other duties?
And I hate the statement "bicyclists have the right to the road". Just because you are allowed to use the road, doesn't mean it's a good idea. But of course I have to be the bat shit insane bad guy because I don't want bicyclists to be hit by cars.
Some people gotta work and don't have cars and/or live where there isn't adequate public transport.
Stop whining, you act like a pack of dudes in Lycra raped your mom in front of you.
So you're problem is that they make you drive safer so you don't hit them?
They can't ride on sidewalks legally, and riding in the street they can get hit by cars. They're f*cked either way, when biking and alternate transportation should be encouraged. When I plan on moving to a bigger city I'll be biking everywhere to save money.
As long as they aren't veering around cars and doing stupid shit they're fine. There's nothing wrong with drivers having to pay more attention to what they're doing.
Whether it is illegal to ride bikes on the sidewalk depends on your local authority. I don't believe it's illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Boston, but that may be different in other cities.
I don't like having to drop down 10 mph so that I can make sure I dont side swipe a person on a bike. I drive well within the speed limit too.
You think everyone with a license is a competent driver?
Again, it's an avoidable accident waiting to happen.
Isn't every automobile incident an 'accident waiting to happen'?
IMO bicycles are really good for European cities, because they all only have a single lane anyway, and it's only the big American cities with double lanes for every road and street that bicycles are a problem.
Doesn't matter if it pisses you off. It pisses me off that slow cars are always getting in my way, but they have just as much right to the road as I do so I either wait until they're out of the way or go around them at the next opportunity.
Cycling is a good way to get exercise. I've done probably close to 500 hours of cycling without at accident solely by following the laws of traffic
People like to make a big fuss out of nothing when it comes to cycling. Yes, there are douchebags who interfere with traffic, but cycling itself isn't bad. And stop saying "it's an accident waiting to happen". Everything is a fcking accident waiting to happen. But if you follow the rules of the road, 99.9% of the time nothing will happen.
I would hope so.
And in those same 500 hours, you've probably made about 1,000 cars behind you have to slow down to a halt in order to pass you. Which is what this thread is about.