There have been a lot of problems with cyclists recently in my city of residence. This week, I actually saw someone who had been hit by a car (probably because the cyclist didn’t stop at the intersection). Though this blog is about cars, bicycles and cars apparently don’t mix on the road the way they should. I would personally put 90% of the blame on the cyclists, but automobile drivers can be dicks too. Let’s go over some ground rules for each:
- You MUST stop at stop signs and red lights. You do not ever get the right of way unless you follow rule #2:
- You cannot use a crosswalk while on your bike. You must dismount and walk across. This is written in about every traffic manual.
- Stay as far the fuck over as you possibly can. Some towns have bike lanes, others don’t. Even when in the bike lane, please be sure to ride as far to the right as you safely can. It freaks people out when you drive on the line dividing the driving and bike lanes. Use the sidewalk if you have to (if it’s not illegal, which it is in some places).
- Also on that note, you are not going as fast as the rest of the traffic and sometimes it is physically impossible for you to go as fast as cars—don’t ride in the middle of the road.
- Did I mention you have to stop at red lights and stop signs yet? You must follow all traffic laws that cars do if you’re going to ride on the road. You are not special because you are on a bike.
- Do not honk at cyclists as you pass them.
- Give them enough room when you pass, but try not to go into the opposite lane to pass them. There’s a three feet rule I think.
- Do not use bike lanes as turn lanes. This is actually illegal in some states, and you can be ticketed for this.
- Watch out for cyclists when making turns.
If you haven’t noticed, my biggest pet peeve is when cyclists just blow right through stop signs. That is incredibly dangerous for them and fucking scary for all the cars at the intersection. If you ride a bike for whatever reason, please make sure you are following the laws just like the cars have to. Don’t complain about drivers not sharing the road when you aren’t playing by the rules either.