Thursday, June 4, 2009
Share The Road signs piss me off. It's not that motorists don't need a reminder that cyclists have a right to their own piece of the road, but that so many cyclists see those signs as their excuse to take that extra chunk. Cyclists riding side-by-side having a conversations on sections of PCH that have shoulders barely wide enough for one cycle... WHAT THE FUCK? If you want to chat, pull off in a turnout and share gossip - I'm trying to get to work.
A buddy of mine told me about a run-in with a pack of cyclists in Santa Barbara that had me in stitches. He made a full stop at a four-way stop intersection. From his left, a group of seven or eight cyclists were approaching the intersection, obviously with no intention of even slowing. He pulled his pickup out, directly in their path, ending up with two cyclists in the bed of his beater work truck. A CHP motor officer rolled up on the scene as he was exiting his truck to examine the state of the cyclists and his Chevy. Faced with a group of very put-out cyclists and one motorist, all who agreed that the stop sign had no effect on the cyclists' behavior, the CHP officer informed them to get their bruised bodies and bent bikes home, and that they were lucky that my buddy didn't believe he needed any compensation for just one more in a series of dents in the side of the truck.
Riding a bicycle does not make any of these fucks BETTER than the guy next to them in the gas-guzzler, and I just wish they could remember that traffic laws apply on both the environmental/health high and low roads.
The next time I have the need to suddenly panic running my gravity racer down Tuna Canyon because some idiot decides that ONE WAY doesn't apply to bicycles, maybe I won't bother to miss him/her. Everybody makes noise about wanting to make STATEMENTS promoting cycling. How about promoting cycling by being a responsible rider, and not making a nuisance/hazard out of yourselves.
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