Here's what someone sent to our local newspaper. This motorist used almost every "I hate cyclist" cliche that could be used. The scariest part is this motorist is out there on the road somewhere nearby.
http://www.hometownnewsol.com/rantsnraves.html Scroll down to see "Cyclist Frustration"
The text of the rant:
This is in regard to the bicycles. Again I was held up and put in danger by a person on a bicycle on the road. Even though there was a sidewalk parallel to the road, they chose to ride in harmís way, and why, I donít know. Is there a reason these people feel that they have a right to endanger others as well as people driving a car? The roads were built for cars and trucks; they werenít built for bicycles.
What happens, God forbidding, if a motorist hits a person riding a bicycle? First time that happens, the bicyclist becomes hurt or even worse than that. Secondly, the driver would usually be sued, probably lose everything heís ever worked for in his life, all because of a bicyclist that wanted to ride down the center of the road and show they have the authority to do that.
What makes people do these crazy things? Iíll never understand. Hopefully, theyíll stop doing it and take other people into consideration. They put their self in danger, they put me in danger, they put everybody around them in danger just so they can Ė it must be an ego thing.
I hope this makes it in the paper. Maybe some of these bicyclists will see theirselves and not do that. Ride on the sidewalk if you have to, but theyíre not doing that.
Editorís note: Florida Statute 316.2065 gives bicyclists the right to ride on the road itself, though they are to ride as close to the right-hand curb or edge of the road as possible, unless they are passing another bicycle or vehicle, preparing to make a left-turn, or avoiding obstructions and hazards that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand edge of the road. On a one-way highway with two or more marked lanes, bicyclists may ride as close to the left-hand curb as practicable.
At least the newspaper editor did a public service by adding the reference to the Florida Traffic Code that says the cyclist does have a right to be there. I sent an email to the newspaper thanking them for adding the clarification. Heaven forebid, other motorist should read this and start thinking the same way... ooops, to late.