Cyclists that annoy me

To start off with positive news, I’ve been learning how to trackstand. My best time so far has been 30 seconds. Yay!

Now, the rants:

There are actually two type of cyclists that annoy the fuck out of me.

The first type are the “tough as shit” boys that like to speed down pedestrian filled sidewalks. I’m the type of person that actually turns my head to look at people on bikes. I like cute boys on sexy bikes like any other girl. But I’m turned off by the pussy factor of idiots speeding down crowded sidewalks because they’re too cowardly to bike on the road. I’m not even talking about slow riders who leisurely take the sidewalk on their cruisers and what not, or even people who use mostly empty sidewalks on otherwise busy roads. I’m talking about people who perpetuate the stereotype that cyclists are reckless and inconsiderate jerks by weaving through pedestrians at high speeds. Don’t do that. You hate it when cars buzz you, so why do that to people?

The second type of cyclist just confounds me. They’re the ones that do ride on the road… but they do it against traffic. I actually remember reading on a bike forum where someone preferred to bike against traffic because that way they can see cars coming. I’m not even going to bother explaining why that’s wrong and why it’s dangerous. I see cyclists riding the wrong way and I feel like just yelling at them.

There’s a third type of cyclist that sort of bugs me, but I don’t experience them much, except online. That’s the vehicular cyclist advocate. Those who believe that cyclists are vehicles, therefore they must be respected as such, even in predicaments such as turning left from the left lane on a busy four lane highway. Those that would chastise you for not stopping and planting your foot down at every red light and stop sign, even at empty intersections. Those that claim that bike lanes and helmets are deadly and dangerous (I get the arguments against them to some degree, but I still think that facilities and safety gear provides an important service and shouldn’t be opposed as tirelessly as some of these people do).

I’m in bicycle themed rant mood lately because I’ve been observing dumbasses around all year and they really do give cyclists a bad name. I hate being buzzed or sworn at or disrespected because some dude “had a bad experience with a cyclist once therefore all cyclist are evil commie dickwads that deserve an end under their SUV”.

3 thoughts on “Cyclists that annoy me

  1. That works.

    Personally, I live in Atlanta and I value my life. So even though I’m on the road bike two or three times a week, I stick to the smaller roads with slower traffic. I’d make a crack about being scared of the red necks but they are actually quite nice. I’m more afraid of the suburbanite soccer moms in their massive suvs as they rush little Timmy to band practice. =P

    Besides, I just need to ride like five or six miles north of house in suburbia to get to excellent roads like this:
    http://milliron.org/hosted/IMG_1071.jpg

  2. I guess I should retract that last point… or at least explain that I find any sort of extremist kind of annoying on a personal level. Yes, those laws do apply in Ontario, as well. The vehicular left-turn champions would argue that all cyclists should make these sort of left turns even if it impedes traffic and/or puts the cyclist in danger. I make vehicular left turns most of the time, but I know when I’m losing a fight. On busy 4 lane roads, I follow a more “pedestrian” turn which is perfectly, legally acceptable. And as for planting my foot down at every stop sign, yes that’s the law in Canada too, and though *I* stop or significantly slow down at all intersections and actually do get annoyed when other cyclists gun red lights, I wouldn’t fault people for not stopping if there’s no oncoming traffic especially at lights that don’t sense you therefore won’t change unless you get up and hit the pedestrian button.

    Personally, for me, the beauty of cycling is that though you’re classified as a vehicle, you’re not a car and you’re far more agile, and though you’re not a pedestrian, you can move at pedestrian pace and have a similar perspective. I do think there should be a set of seperate guidelines for cyclists, one that doesn’t lump you in with the cars, and that can be as flexible as guidelines for pedestrians. But that’s a cause I don’t actively pursue.

  3. “That’s the vehicular cyclist advocate. Those who believe that cyclists are vehicles, therefore they must be respected as such, even in predicaments such as turning left from the left lane on a busy four lane highway.”

    Uh… In the United States of America, this is the law. Bikes are legal vehicles as long as they aren’t on a limited access freeway. Not sure how it is up in Canada.

    “Those that would chastise you for not stopping and planting your foot down at every red light and stop sign, even at empty intersections.”

    This is also the law down in the states. Personally, I always stop at red lights. In most places, for bicycles and motorcycles, it’s legal to cross a red light after you’ve stopped, if traffic permits.

    Stop sings, I usually just slow down enough so I can easily stop if needed.

    /shrug

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