I am an avid bicyclist. I love riding my bicycles,whether it be a workout on the road bike, a trek on the touring machine or some off road adventure on my mountain bike. But I've had enough of the jerks on bikes. Working in center city Philadelphia I get to see more than my fair share of bad behavior. Much of it committed by bicycle couriers. Today a courier, racing through an intersection nearly ran down an elderly woman who hadn't quite reached the curb when the light went green. This guy had just threaded himself between two lines of stopped cars, out of the saddle and cranking for all he was worth, the light turned green in time for him not to break stride. He missed the woman by inches and she stumbled, nearly falling as she tried to get out of his way. I managed to get the jerk's attention and asked why he almost hit the woman? His smart ass answer, said with a smirk on his face, was that he hadn't almost hit her , it was he almost missed her.
Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. Last year while in my car , stopped at a light, a cyclist trying to sqeeze through traffic scraped along the side of my car and then took off. The bill to fix this, $1100. Nice huh?
Of course no rant about jerks on bikes would be complete without a comment about the roadies whose peletons take up the entire road blocking traffic, giving the finger to anyone who objects.
Next time a car passes you little too close for comfort, cuts you off or tries to run you off the road, realize there is a reason.
Jerks on bicycles are a problem for us all.