Bicycle Paranoia

Today in The Atlantic: an interesting transcript of some LA radio DJs complaining about bicycles. The comment section is a fun-filled flame fest as well.

I guess I don’t wear enough Lycra to be a real cyclist. Maybe that’s why I stop at stop signs.

4 Responses to “Bicycle Paranoia”

  1. Pitt says:

    An interesting point, and one I have to agree with- many motorists AND cyclists either don’t know the rules of the road, or willingly choose to ignore them.

    Pedestrians, too. I drive in the city a lot now, and at least once per day I have to slam brakes because some dimwitted walker is crossing the road in front of me while I have a green light. Actually, cyclists are less of a problem downtown for me, as they tend to move about as quickly through traffic as the cars, and are smaller and easier to dodge.

  2. matt says:

    It drives me nuts when I see cyclists doing things like running red lights or stop signs. I want to yell “Idiots like you make us all look bad! Open your goddamned eyes!”

    Of course, they’re usually listening to an iPod or something anyway, so they wouldn’t even hear me.

  3. BrianN says:

    The other day I was driving down a crowded one-way street that had a bike path. I passed a bike going with traffic, then less than a minute later saw one going the other way. I sort of wanted to wait and see how that was going to pan out.

  4. Pitt says:

    To be fair, most drivers don’t STOP at stop signs, and most speed when possible. I imagine most cyclists would speed too, if they could. It’s probable, actually- imagine a downhill stretch through a posted 25 mph zone. Yeah, if I were on a bike I’d be going 27 or 28, at least. 😉

    You don’t see many cyclists in Baltimore. The potholes would swallow a mountain bike.

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