Captured this a coupla months back.
Captured this a coupla months back.
Is that a controlled access freeway?
That's a no-no in most states even if going the right way.
The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!
Not to mention there are usually dozens of parallel streets along highways like that. Parallel streets where you can ride just as fast and not have to deal with 65+ MPH traffic.
And going the wrong way on a controlled access freeway means that you will be going against the on-ramp traffic when you are trying to get off the freeway.
I would rate this a 9.7 on the fail-o-meter.
There's a bike path on both sides and the bicycle bridge from which I took this picture. It's not controlled access, but still...
I don't feel I'd be less safe riding the wrong way on the freeway. I typically don't ride the wrong way, though.
It's legal to ride on some sections of the freeways around here. I guess if you're going the wrong way you wouldn't notice the "Bicycles must exit" signs that exist when you approach a "No Ride" zone.
I prefer the freeway 'round here because riding 10 feet away from 70mph traffic with few exit/entrance options feels better than 4 (or fewer) feet away from 50mph traffic with all kindsa driveways and sidestreets.
All depends on the situation, tho.
Maybe he's going for a ride to grab a cup of coffee with Mr. Darwin.
This guy does it a lot. Lots of people have seen him going the wrong way down this road.
Is that a cyclist or a ped?. I can't tell.
He should be taking the lane.
Maybe he was picking up litter?
Some people think they're safer that way because they can see the cars coming. My friend told me this, and it blew me away. He doesn't ride, but said if he did, he'd ride facing cars so he could see them coming. I schooled him on how suicidal that is and think I made him understand, but the fact is he just has zero experience with bicycles and just didn't know.
It is clearly not a limited access roadway as evidenced by the traffic lights showing at top right of the photo. The shoulder here is super wide, and I doubt legal speeds exceed 50 mph given the configuration. This is clearly not a freeway.
I'd want to know how taking the bike paths would compare with his taking the shoulder in terms of where this guy/gal is headed. His reasons for using the road my be more complicated than what shows in a snapshot.
As for riding in the wrong direction, given the huge shoulder, I don't see where his direction of travel is such a big deal. Sure, we can speculate that he'll miss signs directing bike traffic to exit (presence of said signs equally speculative), but, from a photo, we can't tell if he's travelling to the next exit or making a cross country trip.
Given that trailer he's towing, I'm guessing that he has a specific, local destination, and, from the posts here, it is clear he uses this route regularly.
My vote would be to give him the benefit of the doubt absent more information than just the photo.
I've seen cops pulls over wrong way guys/gals in the back roads by my workplace. Unfortunately it's always the poorer members of our society, and I know they don't have the funds to pay the fines, so it's a waste of taxpayer money.
Pedal, pedal, pedal, then pedal some more.
Save your education, Aj. I ride plenty, never against traffic. I just don't choose to judge a guy from a snap shot without any additional information.
When I ride, I take care of myself, and would never shoot a pic of a fellow cyclist (I ride with a full load of DSLR photo gear most of the time) just to post it here so that we can take verbal pot shots at the guy.
In my view, that has no positive impact on A&S.
You are entitled to your view, however.
Sometimes, going the wrong way is easier and safer than trying to get across six lanes of traffic. At least there's plenty of room.
If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a goddamn genius.
I don't see what he is doing as being particularly dangerous except at ramps. Then it could be a big problem. Wrong way riders seem to ride as far to the side of the shoulder as possible, which would be ok most of the time. It's when they aren't on a shoulder that the problems really show up.