Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
Originally Posted by Chris516
This is exactly what I didn't want. I didn't want a bunch of motorists' thinking they could step on the gas coming across the bridge. Trapping me right in front of the oncoming traffic waiting for the light to change.
Also, Why the DOUBLE STANDARD where a motorist can cross the bridge however FAST or SLOW they go. BUT, IF a cyclist goes slow or doesn't get out of the way of a motorist, they are committing a cardinal sin.
There's no double standard. Slow drivers who block traffic get cursed, called road hogs or Sunday drivers, and passed the same way. Sometimes at poor opportunities because folks behind them get impatient.
The road is for everybody, first come first served. You're entitled to as much as you want, but have some consideration for others and let them pass when it's reasonably safe, and IMO it is safe on this 14' wide bridge. In fact seeing hpw difficult it is to prevent passing, it's safer to encourage it to be done safely.
If this bridge were striped 5'4'5' it would make a 9' and a 4' lane in either direction and neither you nor any drivers would have a problem. It isn't but you could ride it as if were and have less to post about here.
The bulk of one way single streets here are narrower after allowing for parked cars, and there's never an issue. That's with a door zone. There's no door zone on this bridge, so it's one less thing to worry about.
I understand you think it's not reasonable for a car to pass on the bridge, but you're not getting support among many cyclists here, so imagine how much you get from motorists. This is part of the same commute you do daily, so you see the same drivers who'll remember. Do you want them to feel they need to do whatver they can to beat you to the bridge?
An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.
“Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin
“One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions”
- Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN
WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance