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Frustrated by Cyclists

Monday, August 12, 2019

I am a pedestrian by choice but have been a cyclist and a motorist in the past and it frustrates me no end when I see bicycles riding on the sidewalks. Last I check sidewalk has the word WALK in it indicating that you should be propelled by 2 feet and a heartbeat not RIDING along nearly hitting those on foot.

These are the rules I was taught many moons ago as a child with my first bike:
RULE: YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS OR OTHER VEHICLES ALREADY ON THE ROADWAY.
RULE: RIDE IN THE SAME DIRECTION AS THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.
*******RULE: DON'T RIDE ON THE SIDEWALK.********
RULE: OBEY ALL TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND SIGNS.
RULE: YIELD BEFORE TURNING OR MOVING TO THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR LANE OF TRAVEL.
RULE: ALWAYS USE HAND SIGNALS.

They aren't hard and I used these rules from the time I was about 8 (when I first learned to ride without training wheels somewhere other than my driveway) until I stopped riding about 4 years ago as I was too cheap to buy a new bike when mine was beyond repair.

I am just frustrated with my city and their lack of enforcing these rules. I was clipped today on the arm by a cyclist who refused to get off the sidewalk but I was not going to move out of my lane of travel either as I was using the sidewalk for it's intended purpose. I know really my own fault for getting clipped. It took a great deal of will power not to shove the bicyclist off the sidewalk and into the bike lane that was literally right there and very well marked. Maybe I'm just getting old and bitter....LOL.
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  • DIZZYBRITCHES
    I give myself a pass for getting judgy about the clueless cyclists who obey no discernible rules of God nor man. It happens here every tourist season.
    634 days ago
  • PRUPLEBEAR
    We have bike lanes. That seem to help a little bit
    641 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12282919
    It is not just you. It is this whole ME, ME, ME thing that is happening in our world right now. People only care about themselves and don't care about anyone else.

    I walk on the right side (just live driving on the right hand side of the road) and make people move over if they are coming toward me. I also say excuse me, when I need to pass through a group that takes over the entire walkway.
    Hope you have a great day.
    641 days ago
  • 712237
    I sure get your frustration with this issue. It happens in my city as well. Bike lanes were even added to the roadways & unfortunately there is still a small percentage of people that still disobey the road/ biking laws.
    641 days ago
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