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View Poll Results: Have you ever heard a driver yell, "Get in the bike lane!" ???
Yes, but only on roads with bike lanes. 9 8.49%
Yes, but only on roads without bike lanes. 9 8.49%
Yes, on roads with and without bike lanes. 20 18.87%
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Old 06-06-07, 10:28 PM   #1
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Ever hear "Get in the bike lane!" ???

Have you ever heard a driver yell "Get in the bike lane!" ?

If so, was it on a road with a bike lane?
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Old 06-06-07, 10:46 PM   #2
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It happened just yesterday. I chased the vehicle down and confronted the teenager while he was walking to his front door. The coward had nothing to say to me face to face, even though I was on my best behavior and polite.
I was yelled at on a six lane road (three each direction) with light traffic. I was taking the lane. There is a MUP within a few miles of that location, but it wasn't a connection to my destination.
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Old 06-06-07, 10:48 PM   #3
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No!!


Ummmmm ... what's a "bike lane"?
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Old 06-06-07, 10:54 PM   #4
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It happened just yesterday. I chased the vehicle down and confronted the teenager while he was walking to his front door. The coward had nothing to say to me face to face, even though I was on my best behavior and polite.
I was yelled at on a six lane road (three each direction) with light traffic. I was taking the lane. There is a MUP within a few miles of that location, but it wasn't a connection to my destination.
Did he yell at you to get in the bike lane or on the bike path or just yell at you to get off the road in general?
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Old 06-06-07, 11:13 PM   #5
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Have you ever heard a driver yell "Get in the bike lane!" ?
Let me see ...

There is a bike lane on the road. You chose to ride in the car lane instead with no obvious reason and without negotiating it with others.

No, I never do that.
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Old 06-06-07, 11:18 PM   #6
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The only time I have been told to get in a Bike Lane, there wasn't a bike lane but simply a wide fog line area in the street. It wasn't a shoulder, but a lined off area that further down the road was further demarcated into an "off ramp" (not hiway) that was a sweeping right turn.

This was on a 50 MPH boulevard.

I have heard "get on the sidewalk" far more times on roads where bike lanes did not exist.
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Old 06-06-07, 11:34 PM   #7
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Even better: A hit&run driver (under oath) and his lawyer both claimed that a collision with me was my fault, because I was not riding in the "bike lane". The right side of the picture shows the so called "bike lane".

http://img487.imageshack.us/my.php?i...20hitptbb4.jpg
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Old 06-07-07, 12:39 AM   #8
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Even better: A hit&run driver (under oath) and his lawyer both claimed that a collision with me was my fault, because I was not riding in the "bike lane". The right side of the picture shows the so called "bike lane".
Oh, do tell...
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Old 06-07-07, 01:08 AM   #9
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Even better: A hit&run driver (under oath) and his lawyer both claimed that a collision with me was my fault, because I was not riding in the "bike lane". The right side of the picture shows the so called "bike lane".

http://img487.imageshack.us/my.php?i...20hitptbb4.jpg
Classic.
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Did he yell at you to get in the bike lane or on the bike path or just yell at you to get off the road in general?
"Get on the Bike Path!"
There is no bike lane or sidewalk on that street. The right most lane is as wide as the other two.
It was anunusuall comment because I most often hear "Get on the side walk" or "Get off the road"
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Last time it happened to me I was riding to an area I had never ridden before, looking for a specific street. The road I was on roughly followed the river that was just east of it. Between the road and the river was a park area that had a MUP going through it. I would have been willing to ride on the MUP, except for the fact that I was trying to find the correct street and the MUP didn't exactly have signs telling you which streets were intersecting the road running parallel to the MUP. Thus in about a 1-1.5 mile stretch on this road I got flipped off once, yelled at to "get on the bike path" about 4-5 times, and had people lay on the horn as they passed more than that. It was great.
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Old 06-07-07, 04:26 AM   #12
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Remember this gem from "bike-friendly" Portland. After riding beind a cyclist outside of the bike lane, a Portland bus driver stopped, and let a passenger out to punch the cyclist. The "bike friendly" residents of Portland pretty uniformly praised the attacker and blamed the cyclist. Their opinion was that cyclists should walk their bikes on the sidewalk if no ridable bike lane is available.

I guess that's one way to say "Get in the bike lane."
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Old 06-07-07, 04:49 AM   #13
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Plenty of times. It usually prompts some kind of response. My Response varies with the intensity of their commentaries and dependent upon my moods.
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Old 06-07-07, 05:03 AM   #14
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Never, but if I was told this, I might have to collapse in gales of laughter.
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Old 06-07-07, 05:40 AM   #15
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Even better: A hit&run driver (under oath) and his lawyer both claimed that a collision with me was my fault, because I was not riding in the "bike lane". The right side of the picture shows the so called "bike lane".

http://img487.imageshack.us/my.php?i...20hitptbb4.jpg
Curious but what is the very wide lane marked with the dots on the left? I see no cars etc there.
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Ive never heard get in the bike lane. Here its always get on the sidewalk or get off the road. I tossed a flyer of hb 389 for ohio in to one drivers face and said read that and other laws listed by url regading bikes on the road. I have noticed a huge decrease in bozos yelling this at me after that bill was passed last year by taft and ive done a ton more riding this season when compaaired to last. Last year i had little more than 1k miles total bad year for me this year ive already got 416 sence replacing the battery on my bike comp. Before the batt died i had 320 something and during the time i had no battery in the comp i estimate i had another 200.

So some where theres something filling in drivers on laws regarding bikes on the road.
As for riding in a bike lane well if there is one its clean and useable then ill ride it. If theres a mup i can take and save time when im riding to get some where ill use it if im on a plesure ride heck ill be on the towpath any how. Seeing coyotes fxes minks etc well i enjoy that. My 15 mile loop http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=988260 has 2.8 miles of towpath in it. So i got flats and large hill climbs and decents and small hills every where on that route. Its a great mixxed bag route.

As for the towpath in general as a way to go from place to place well another season or 2 and it would be silly to not use it while on bike. While hammer heading on it is just stupid you can keep a avarage speed of 15 to 17 and not worry about plastering some pedetrian out for their morning walk or jog. So in the end if i work along the tow path some where i can get to the job faster useign the towpath.

I don not ride in a manner to make some bozo drivers life "esier" i ride in a manner to make my ride more plesurable to me. If takign the lane makes it more fun for me then i will if letting that drive behind me iin the right turn strait lane makes it easyer for me and them then ill scoot over towards the right edge of the left turn/strait line.
Zoom in on wooster road in my loop map to see such a area where this is the case. it has a fairly wide outside lane where scooting over is plenty easy and a car and bike can be in the lane side by side with some room to spare. Other times depending on timing ill take a spot with in the left/strait lane all depending on trafic. If trafic is light im in the right turn lane if heavy i putmy self center of left/strait.

Why take the entre lane on a road that has mostly drivers who tend to be cyclist friendly and aware?
Wooster road has a bike route (and part of it is a marked bike route) that dumps in to it. Drivers in the area tend to understand our right tot he road and accept it.
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Classic.

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The most common place I get yelled at to get in the bike lane is along these roads and similar ones:


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Thankfully there are any bike lanes near me. I know where a few are, but they are not anywhere that I go.
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not yet. that I know of. I usually can't tell what they are yelling though. I got called a ****** once.
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Never for me, but I can't help but wonder how many drivers are thinking "why aren't those bikers using the bike lane" on some roads. Heck I know that's what Id be thinking.
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In this example, the driver did not yell at me, but used their horn.
I can assume the horn meant 'get in the bike lane', perhaps 'get out of my way'

youtube YwpJz438DyQ - Double Honk (posted before)

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Never for me, but I can't help but wonder how many drivers are thinking "why aren't those bikers using the bike lane" on some roads. Heck I know that's what Id be thinking.
Even when the cyclist is preparing for a left turn, or the bike lane is full of debris (that you possibly can't see from your car), or the bike lane is too narrow for the speed the cyclist is traveling at, or because he's approaching a junction and is trying to preempt a potential right hook or right or left cross?

Even when there is no bike lane on the road?

With "bicycling advocates" like this...
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Tell us about the time(s) a driver has yelled at you to get in the bike lane, HH.
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I've heard "Get on the sidewalk!"
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