I propose we expect motorists to abide by the same laws that cyclists abide by, and vice versa. No one group gets a free pass from breaking the law.
Right, we need to crack down on everyone. Even ticketing cyclists who run reds, and run stop lights.If you step back and look at it as a whole, everyone is breaking minor rules, so why is one group nitpicking the other?
The bank robber is shaking his head at the shoplifter.
You either crack down on everyone (nobody wins), or you adjust the rules of the game to suit the players..
I run reds on my bicycle regularly. Quite often I stop and then roll. But if I have gobs of visibility I don't stop. It's all about my safety and not obstructing traffic. If there is other traffic at the light I take turns with everybody else. But I start my commute about 5 a.m. There's not much traffic on the road at all. Many of the lights won't change because the sensor does not pick up a bicycle.
If I'm being safe and I'm not delaying other people unfairly then I see nothing wrong with it.
I see plenty of rude drivers like others do based on the comments I see on this thread. But I also see a lot of tolerant and friendly drivers - mostly female that wave and smile. The bigger and busier roads have the least of that. I do some roads like that but most of my (18 mile) commute is quiet surface streets thru neighborhoods. I found great bike routes by the way by using the TomTom app on my iPhone.
Last edited by sdold; 06-19-13 at 10:43 AM.
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