First: Let me say this. I’m DISGUSTED by the people in an earlier thread about the cyclists in our area! Every single one of you that advocates hitting or running over a cyclist… WTF?!
Second: While I understand your anger, and in-some-cases you do have valid complaints. And perhaps I should have started with this… I get it. Bikes are slow and I myself have been stuck behind that same group (for years), and yeah going 5 or 6 wide on a single lane is extremely inconsiderate. AND YES, blowing through stop signs and crawling halfway into an intersection, at a red light, is the height of self-righteousness. (It’s pretty much a Dick move). And yeah, road cyclists can be self-centered egotistical pricks…. But, allow me to give you a little perspective.
I’m a cyclist (mountain bike), and I ride quite often on the road. I’ve been riding my bike in Oviedo, and the Orlando area for about 40 years, both on and off the roads. So, let me tell you this; The shit we have to deal with is INSANE. Were you aware that Central Florida is consistently rated in the top 5 most dangerous places to be a cyclist? And it’s not just bad driving that get people killed. It’s the fucking attitude toward bikers that sucks.
Granted there are instances where I see bikers (individually and in groups) do things and I think to myself, “No wonder people hate us.”
However, in my 40 years of riding these roads:
I’ve been hit by car (because they thought it was funny), I’ve been hit by bottles thrown out windows, I’ve had trash thrown at me, I’ve been hit with a full 7-Eleven BIG GULP (that was when I was 13), I’ve been run off the road, repeatedly honked at for NO reason other than to scare me (which is FUCKING DANGEROUS, btw!), I’ve been yelled at for the same reason, I’ve been sprayed with water (hopefully just water), and I’ve actually been punched. And those were just from people driving. And that’s not even getting me started on the ASSHOLES that make a sport of, “Lets see how close to the biker we can get!” YES, that’s a thing. Hmmm… How many times have I been hit by a side mirror? At least 2! And that’s 2 too many.
On the road we face countless obstacles. From poor bike lanes, to NO bike lane, to dangerous drop-shoulder gutters, to pot holes. We don’t need any more ASSHOLES to round out our pleasure cruise.
So those cyclist that ride 5 or 6 deep on a single lane road… That may be so you don’t pass them unsafely. Yes you have to wait. Yes it sucks. And yes it pisses me off too. But then, I know how to pass a cyclist. I know to give them room… A WIDE BIRTH… because I know that at any given time, a rock or stick or pot hole or piece of stupid trash, could force them to make a decision that would bring them into the lane even further or crash. And knowing some of you drivers out there… I’d prefer not to die because you were to close as you past me.
And maybe that cyclist you see in the intersection, the one pulling out ahead of you… Maybe that’s so you and everyone else can see them. Because I’m tired of some of you no-turn-signaling mother fuckers making that sudden right turn and running over my ass.
No, it doesn’t excuse a lot of the cyclist behavior you see out there. And that’s on the cyclist community as a whole. And if they’re doing something stupid, that too is on the rider. But that doesn’t mean they deserve the life and death positions that many of you drivers put them in, unnecessarily. It’s war out there. And many drivers don’t understand how to share the road. So if a few of you are inconvenienced and pissed off, I’m truly sorry. But know that they are taking measures (in some cases) that will save their lives. Pissing you (and sometimes me) off is the least of their worry.
Food for thought.