Has anyone else noticed lots of new cycling commuters out and about? I saw two this morning. But, I worry about them because about half of these cyclists are clueless about riding in traffic.
First guy I saw this morning I thought had it all going properly until I got closer too him. First, he was easy to see in the early morning with a day-glow green jacket and large rear blinkie light. I saw him up ahead at a stop light easily from way back. But as soon as the light changed and he got going, he pulled over to the right and started riding in the gutter! His pedals were missing the curb by about 3”!
I gave him plenty of room when I passed…and noticed he had a nice headlight on his bike….but was riding with headphones….
Second guy I saw had a back pack on and was walking his beach cruiser bike up the sidewalk to a very busy intersection very close to an interstate interchange. He wanted to cross the road (walking his bike) against the light. I was right-turning on red, so I waited for him to get across the half of the road I was going to turn into, so at least he could get to the median in one piece. How he faired after that… I don’t know. It would have been much easier for him to be in the road and split the lanes between the right turn and strait lane and he could have crossed quite easily (I do it there all the time).
I am hopeful for these new cycling commuters braving the cold, hard world at rush hour. But, I fear for their lack of cycling knowledge about dealing with traffic.