I don't think so.
Originally Posted by Cadfael
Shouldn't the goal be "Ways to Maximize Your Safety". Is the objection your safety or pleasing the cagers?
Ways to Keep Drivers Friendly
If this means "go in the direction of traffic", I agree. But I think the author is also saying "ride close to the curb". Not always the best policy for safety.
If there really is a cycle path that's wide, clean, safe, free of obstacles, going in your direction et cetera, not a whole lot of cyclists would opt to ride in the road anyway. If they are out in the road, that means there must be something bad about the path that makes the cyclist prefer the road despite having to deal with traffic. And the cyclist, of course, has the right to choose the road in such a case.
If there's a wide, clean, safe cycle path, use it.
Yes. And of course it's the driver who arbitrarily decides what constitutes a "good" path. :rolleyes:
One thing that always irritates motorists is a cyclist riding in the road when a good cycle path is present.
Fine, I guess. Most places riding side-by-side is illegal, but I think that restriction should be lifted. In situations when you need to take the lane anyway, why can't two cyclists take the lane?
2. When riding with a friend, ride side by side only when it won't cause traffic to back up or pass dangerously.
Generally makes sense, although if overtaking you is easy (e.g. you're in a wide lane), there is no reason not to roll past long lanes of cars.
3. Don't force vehicles to overtake you repeatedly. At a traffic light, stay behind the last car instead of going ahead of drivers who may have just had difficulty overtaking you safely.
Nothing works better than a little fear-mongering. :rolleyes:
Next time, they might not be so careful.
4. Ride predictably. Maintain a straight line. Use hand signals when turning or changing lanes.
This is exactly the "bike is a toy" and "bikes get in the way" mentality that disgusts me so much.
5. Stay off busy roads. Drivers will be uptight enough without your being in their way.
If "possible", eh? Well, you know it's always possible. If you don't mind tripling your distance and stopping every 100 feet for a stop sign.
Find an alternative route out of the main traffic flow if possible.
This is a pretty obvious one. Also confirms my suspicion as to what kind of cyclist the author is and at whom his advice is directed. From my experience, people who tend to ride in little circles at lights are full-kit weekend riders who can't be bothered to clip out.
6. Don't provoke a reaction. Don't circle in front of stopped cars or lean on one while waiting for a light.
What does this even mean exactly? What kind of turn is it - left, right? I don't picture the situation. If you are slow (or stopped at a light) drivers don't need you to motion for them to make a turn - they just make it.
7. Be gracious. Motion a driver to make his turn in front of you if you'll be slow getting under way.
Yep. Remember, your ultimate objection at all times is to please the drivers. If you are a good boy, your superiors in cages will look more kindly upon you. They might even consider making a great concessions and waste three or sometimes even ten seconds of their important lives just to avoid running you over! You must feel forever grateful!
Who knows? That driver might look a bit more kindly on the next cyclist down the road.
What's meant by "zip through road works"? If there is enough space for you to safely go around road construction while cars must be stuck in line - what's the problem and how does it violate the law?
8. Obey all traffic laws. Don't run lights or stop signs, or zip through road works.
Why don't drivers clean up their act first before "getting annoyed"? Especially getting annoyed when cyclists are not breaking any laws.
When cyclists disregard the rules of the road, drivers have a right to be annoyed.
All of this sounds suspiciously similar to "If you wear short skirts, you are asking for it, and you can't really blame men for raping you even if you technically did nothing wrong." I hope I don't need to explain what's wrong with this.