I was walking to work this morning in Bellevue at NE 12th St and 116th Ave NE near Overlake hospital. I saw a cyclist on a nice road bike waiting for the green arrow in the left turn lane. Kudos, I thought to myself, he's following the rules of the road! But then he got impatient and cut left across the incoming traffic lanes and got onto the sidewalk opposite traffic!
I was looking at that and shaking my head when something even worse happened.
I heard a mumble directly behind me, and before my brain even registered what was going on, another roadie in red jersey and black shorts zipped right past me to my right. He was on the sidewalk and he was so close he brushed against me as he passed. He turned left and took the same sidewalk the first guy took, went up the sidewalk opposite traffic a few hundred feet, jumped off the curb onto the street, went across opposite lanes of traffic, across the turn lane, and continued riding dead center of the left lane! He stayed there for a while and then moved over to the right lane but not close enough to the curb. Aren't we supposed to stay to the right?
Note that he did not pull these maneuvers to avoid cars. No one was forcing him to do any of this.
What the hell??? This behavior makes all cyclists look bad, and it is extremely dangerous to *US*. Lacking bike lanes or shoulders, the safest place for a bike is on the road, following the same rules of the road the motorists must follow. That's what drivers are expecting to see. If we do something unexpected we pretty much invite accidents.