If I'm in the right lane, I shouldn't have to expect some idiot to try to pass me on the right. And if I have a green light, I shouldn't have to worry about the fact that cyclists generally ignore signs and traffic lights and might be trying to run the red light.
In and near Portland, the police won't ticket you even if you veer off the road and run over two bicyclists on the shoulder.
Now I can't see why it fooled me.
Nothing. There were 13 passes.
I hate cyclists. They hover in the middle of the road and act like automobiles must submit to their authority.
When I go on the road I consider myself a road vehicle just like the cars, and I want the cars to respect me and treat me like a road vehicle too.
Sorry Wayne, but too bad. I know not all of my fellow cyclists follow the rules, but neither do all drivers. My taxes pay for these roads too. I own a car and a motorcycle, but I chose to use my bike a couple days a week because I enjoy it and it's good for me. I have no special right to be an obstruction or run stop signs or red lights, but neither do you have a special right to run me into a parked car so you can avoid adding 45 seconds to your trip.
Yes, and my taxes pay for the road and the bike path which which bikers refuse to use because joggers "slow them down" in the same way that they slow down motorists.
For the record, I don't have a problem with responsible cyclists on city streets. My issue is with those selfish d-bags that insist on riding on the winding road with no shoulder when there is a bike path---literally---ten feet from the road. And I wouldn't think of "running someone into a parked car."
I think you all are missing the point: THERE ARE MOONWALKING BEARS EVERYWHERE. We just are focused on other things, and we generally miss them.
As for bike paths, they really do tend to suck compared to roads.
I think that much of the resentment we get is because drivers see cyclists flagrantly disobeying traffic laws and not getting punished.
-Watch any busy intersection. Notice that at the end of almost every cycle, cars run the red light. Even well-marked red light cameras catch red light running motorists by the thousand.
-Watch any four-way stop in a residential neighborhood and see how many drivers actually stop.
-Try to drive 65 in most 65 MPH zones, and see how many drivers are angered at how slow your drive.
1) signaling every turn and lane change the requisite distance ahead;
2) never drive even 1 mph above the speed limit;
3) come to a complete stop at every single stop sign;
4) don't run a single light after it's changed to yellow.
My guess is that most police give a "buffer" of a few miles per hour, based on realism.
The problem is that many people (my rabidly anti-bike wife included) seem to beleive that our very presence is an obstruction, even if we are following the rules of the road and doing our best to be unobtrusive.
But another part of the problem is that many people who put their asses on bicycles and put those bicycles on the road, are really not competent to do so. I'm not an advocate of bicycle licensing ... but I sure as hell don't mind when I see a cyclist pulled over by the cops for running a stop sign. (And yes, it does happen.)