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Fittingly Mad: Bikers NOT Following the Rules

I was driving to the post office the other day and a bunch of bikers (riding bicycles - not motorcycles) were totally ditching every road rule in the book. They were riding on the left side of the road and cutting in front of cars. I don't care so much that they weren't using their arm signals when turning, but they weren't even checking for cars before hanging a right. Don't even get me started on how they were running red lights and busting through stop signs... I also saw them go from riding all over the road, to racing through the sidewalk, almost knocking over this poor woman and her two kids.

This makes me so mad because riders like them are giving us responsible and road-worthy bikers a bad reputation. Not to mention it's completely unsafe and a great way to get yourself hit by a car.

If you're a biker and you're going to share the road, you've got to follow the rules -- It's that simple. Just because you're on a bicycle doesn't mean you don't have to follow the rules of the road, in fact you should be more vigilant.

Let's do what we can to keep everyone sharing the road safe because the safer we all feel, the more people that will get out and ride their bikes. The more bikes, the less cars, and less cars means less pollution in the air for us and future generations.


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tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Okay, I know I'm totally a late commenter here, but the bike thing drives me SO crazy! Just the other day I turned a corner in my car and nearly the hit the person riding his bike down the center of the street going the wrong way. Arg!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 9 years
It makes me so mad as a fellow biker to see other breaking the rules. Heck, I get livid just seeing a lack of a helmet!!!
lavieenrose lavieenrose 9 years
i completely agree with you fitsugar. one minute bikers will be on the road and as soon as there's a red light, they'll switch to the sidewalk to use the crosswalk. that annoys me to no end!
total total 9 years
When I visited Holland a few years ago I noticed that bicycles and bicycle paths were a real priority. There were even many places that cyclists could go and motor vehicles could not. I would love it if we could follow the European lead and make bicycling a better and safer alternative by having more paths and laneways(...and avoiding the inevitable messy car/bicycle collisions!)
kalaloughary kalaloughary 9 years
I am extremely jealous right now. I have been dying to ride my bike, but live in the boot hill of Missouri and the temp. is in the triple digits right now add humidity to that and it is impossible to work out outside except very early or very late. I would love to be able to ride to work every morning but I live 20 miles away from work and we have lots of big hills.
michelleyk michelleyk 9 years
I live in Japan, and the bicyclists share the sidewalk with the pedestrians (not that I blame them -- there are no bike lanes, and frankly it's very dangerous). However, the bicyclists are just as dangerous to the pedestrians. I cannot count the number of times I've been bumped by someone's tire, or seen a woman pushing a stroller scramble out of the way. I think it's universal. People never watch where they're going, and have this "they're never gonna hit me -- I have the right of way" attitude. Saying that, I now must brave the sidewalks to go to the supermarket. EEEK!
mon-repos mon-repos 9 years
My Father-in-law was reacently hit by a van while riding his bike. The driver of the van actually ran half off the road trying to run him down. My father-in-law blames bicyclists like those as much as the driver. He thinks that bike riders who act like that cause most of the road rage in drivers that is directed at bike riders.
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I live in a small town in MN, and there are these few bikers that everyone kind of knows in town. They like to ride their bikes in the regular traffic lane, and they go with the green lights(very slowly in front of the cars) and they are all around a huge hassle. They also get mad at you for honking at them when they are literally hogging the traffic lane! If you ask me, they have a death wish riding like that.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I live in Portland land of bikes and bike lanes; there are still so many rude cyclist it is incredible. The pull out in front of you and than flip you off because you almost hit them.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
You are so right clarient, it really isn't safe for bikes. =( I was going to cycle to my parents house using the roads this afternoon. I really don't think it would be safe though. =(
raptinrainbows raptinrainbows 9 years
are bike rules essentially the same as motor vehicle rules?
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I am guilty of one thing as a cyclist - riding on the pavement. In the UK we have reasonably large pavements and I'll always slow down when I go past people. The reason for this is - I ride a Raleigh Chopper (a small bike with 5 gears) and I would get mown down if I rode on the roads. I have attempted to go onto the roads a couple of times and been knocked flying once and nearly run over the other times!! Just because people do not clock me on their radars! Terrifying. Until more cycle lanes appear (I always use those) I just cannot risk cycling on the roads around here. Far too dangerous!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
do you usually hike in sandals like that, Fit? I've always thought about it but was never sure how comfy it'd be to do so.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
people who ride their bikes like that are scary for drivers and pedestrians alike!
marley11 marley11 9 years
along with bikers, runners sometimes don't know to run AGAINST the traffic, because when they're listening to music they cant hear as well. if you're running against traffic, you've significantly decreased the chance of an accident.
Feesje Feesje 9 years
In my university town almost every student rides a bike and most of them are SO irresponsible!! I'm surprised there aren't more accidents. Most of them ignore the basis traffic rules (red means STOP!!) and think they're king or queen of the road. Now, to be honest, it wasn't until I started driving a car that I noticed the dangerous behaviour of cyclists. Especially riding without the lights on at night really pisses me off! So now I just say that (politely and friendly ofcourse) to them. It's for their own safety (and mine).
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