"I was in Boston last Friday waiting for a bus on a crowded sidewalk. The street was pretty crowded as well. Along came a hipster type on a fixie (on the sidewalk) calling out "Bikers' rights! Bikers' Rights!" as he drove right…"
"Heh... I commented on a squad car parked in the bike lane on Jackson right in front of the Chicago Police Education and Training Academy. The officer responded in a not very friendly way. I was about to be late for my train, so kept riding.…"
"Regarding cars (even police cars!) parked in bike lanes:
Here is the part of the Municipal Code of Chicago that pertains to this:
9-40-060 – Drivers must not park, stand or drive a vehicle in any bike lane (MCC)
I think there's a fine…"
"Good point, Jeff. Actually, this happens to me on a frequent basis. 'Cept I don't always catch up to the other rider. ;-)
Actually, it's sort of interesting to notice how far ahead people get by not waiting for the green light... not…"
"If another rider is catching up to you at four successive lights, either those are some loooong lights, or you and that rider are going at nearly the same speed. If it came to being "forced" into traffic to pass a somewhat slower rider,…"
"I think I understand now. If there are many cyclists involved, there's a sort of "critical mass" extending out into the intersection, which is potentially dangerous. If it's just one or two, then it's a convenient way for a…"
"I'm puzzling over the "shoaling" phenomenon and wondering what's the big deal (I mean, it happens to me almost daily). I'm usually near the curb, and another cyclist in the lane stops a couple feet in front of me. Am I…"
"I stop for pedestrians, and if possible, try to take the lane momentarily as I've had drivers go around me. Then I've had to ask pedestrians at times to GTF across the street... they want to give *me* the right of way (some car drivers do…"
"It doesn't actually say that he fell asleep, though you'd think he wouldn't be at risk for cardiovascular disease.It has been known to happen, as with Ed Burke. An autopsy might have clarified this.
I've fallen asleep on a…"
"I see what you did there. ;-)
But it's not a completely symmetrical relationship, is it? Who has the power (horsepower), the momentum (massive), the numerical superiority, the "established" social status?
"I agree with you completely. But as the "new kids on the block" (and, yes, I know that cyclists were on the roads before cars, but hardly anyone remembers that), we are in a sense under the microscope as far as motorists are concerned. The…"
"I consider this the "glass ceiling" for bicycles as serious transportation. We will never get full respect on the street as long as significant numbers of us are flagrantly violating traffic laws.
Today I encountered a rider heading west…"
"To the well-coiffed woman in the SUV on Jackson Blvd a couple blocks west of Union Station trying to cross 2 lanes (with no traffic) to pull into an alley: the expression on your face as I gave you a long blast on my air horn was well worth the…"
"Jenn, you are too charitable. That guy was an asshole casserole, a right prick. It wouldn't surprise me to hear he was exiting a BMW, Mercedes or Cadillac. Keep riding and remember the old latin saying: "Illegitimati non carborundum",…"
"When I get criticized by a driver (it would work for a rider as well) for violating what they think is the law, I will say (if time and circumstances permit) "Are you ignorant of the law, or do you just not understand it? Would you like me to…"