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Menace to Cycling ( my list in order)

Old 08-07-13, 10:41 AM
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Menace to Cycling ( my list in order)

Please keep in mind that there are some generalizations included - so don't take them personally.

After 7 years of road cycling here are my observations:

1.) People driving trucks - almost always men ( I have a truck)
2.) People driving trucks who smoke
3.) People driving trucks pulling a trailer - they don't realize that further clearance is needed
4.) People driving any vehicle who smoke ( I used to be a smoker)
5.) Elderly drivers with an attitude about where bikes should be ridden
6.) Elderly drivers
7.) Texting drivers
8.) Idiotic teenage drivers who enjoy scaring the &8%# out of cyclist
9.) Impatient drivers who can't wait 10 more seconds to arrive to their destination
10.) Drivers who think that somehow they win by passing me within 50 ft of a stop sign
11.) Drunk drivers
12.) Drivers who yell at me to ride on the sidewalk
13.) Drivers who are angry ( in general - often associated with their physical fitness or lack thereof)
14.) Chipseal (perhaps not a menace but no fun to ride on)
15.) Wind (again, not really a menace but can be unpleasant)

I'm sure I have missed a few.

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16) Jaywalkers
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17.) Dogs that are not on a leash.
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Old 08-07-13, 10:53 AM
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So, the op doesn't like drivers, huh?



To add to the list, I have to say other cyclists who just ride like crap in a group setting. You know em, you've seen em.
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Just a good majority of them.

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So, the op doesn't like drivers, huh?



To add to the list, I have to say other cyclists who just ride like crap in a group setting. You know em, you've seen em.
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Old 08-07-13, 11:00 AM
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Cyclists who are angry.
Group rides.
Hills, for most people.
Days colder than 70 F or warmer than 80 F, for most people.
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Please go check the lock on the A & S forum. I think they've found their way to the 41.
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Hills are much better than wind.

I forgot lightning storms.

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Cyclists who are angry.
Group rides.
Hills, for most people.
Days colder than 70 F or warmer than 80 F, for most people.
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Old 08-07-13, 11:06 AM
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No advocacy nor safety measure will affect my list. They are perennially unchangeable.

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Please go check the lock on the A & S forum. I think they've found their way to the 41.
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Suicidal squirrels.

I like hills and the wind so not on my list
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Old 08-07-13, 11:11 AM
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I liked the list and while most are true where I live I will add these and ONCE AGAIN DON'T TAKE OFFENSE:

-Floridians who use to be northerners who come to the mountains in NC to look at leaves who don't pay attention to driving and will hit you!!!!

Please for God's sake look at the leaves in your own darn state and leave us alone!!!!!! If you hate the leaves in your state then move!

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I agree the biggest threat are wound-up drivers who are totally convinced that cyclists have no place on the road, that they as drivers own the entirety of the road and should never, ever be inconvenienced by one second because of a cyclist (despite the fact that countless other cars or pedestrians inconvenience them every day). These people also often have anger management / machismo issues and depersonalize cyclists to such a degree that they put them in serious danger. This applies to perhaps less than 10% of drivers but you are assured to run into this type of driver at least once on any given ride. Distracted drivers are also dangerous, but the fuming/deliberately challenging ones are the worst.

I'd say the second biggest threat is oblivious road engineers / construction crews who don't consider cyclists at all in their work and build serious hazards into their roads that really don't need to be there. Tiny or non-existant shoulders, sharp lateral drop-offs or seams in the pavement surface right in the zone cyclists ride, storm drain grates parallel to direction of travel, dangerously wide bridge expansion joints etc. Cyclists have zero say in how roads are constructed and this often results in very dangerous conditions. Most cyclists also own cars and pay taxes and as such should have a say. Also, many of these dangers cost nothing to resolve or cost nothing to avoid in the first place.
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Poodles, according to this forum.
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I agree the biggest threat are wound-up drivers who are totally convinced that cyclists have no place on the road, that they as drivers own the entirety of the road and should never, ever be inconvenienced by one second because of a cyclist (despite the fact that countless other cars or pedestrians inconvenience them every day). These people also often have anger management / machismo issues and depersonalize cyclists to such a degree that they put them in serious danger. This applies to perhaps less than 10% of drivers but you are assured to run into this type of driver at least once on any given ride. Distracted drivers are also dangerous, but the fuming/deliberately challenging ones are the worst.
This. Perennially unchangeable. How cyclists respond to the circumstance is the best we can do. I try to not respond in kind, but sometimes the scariness of the situation pushes my adrenaline high enough that I gesture or shout things that I should not. Recently a car buzzed me at about 60mph on a 45 speed limit road. Scared me a lot and I raised my arm/hand in a gesture of disbelief. No middle finger included. Driver locked up the brakes and spun sideways. I was preparing for the worst. Motorist chose to leave at what appeared to be the urging of a female passenger.
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All the above plus cyclists who insist on riding 2 or 3 abreast in a 3-foot wide bike lane giving us all a bad rap.
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Old 08-07-13, 11:45 AM
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Poodles, according to this forum.
Miniature or regular size? These things matter.
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Originally Posted by akeelor View Post
Please keep in my that there are some generalizations included - so don't take them personally.
After 12 years of daily bike commuting, here are my nominations for the highest risk moving objects:
  • Jaywalking young women wearing headphones fixated on some handheld device. Maybe they should be using an app to check the wait times for the closest emergency ward.
  • Addicts who without even a glance will simply run across 6 lanes of traffic the instant they see their dealer on the other side of the road
  • Kids running out from between parked cars. Watch out for playground and school zones.
  • Cycling freds doing the wrong-way in the bike lane
  • Young males riding BMX bikes. On the sidewalk, scooting out from between cars, blowing through red lights - you name it.
  • Young women riding old cruiser bikes. Flip flops, no helmet, headphones, and a small dog in a basket. Completely oblivious to all dangers while crawling along on a creaky POS rusty bike.
  • Dogs. For some reason the smaller the dog the more likely they are to lunge at you and end up doing revolutions in your spokes.
  • Riders on weird bikes. The stranger the bike, the more likely the rider is a flake and a menace. The hard-core commuters and racers may ride fast, but they are like bus drivers - they are experienced and smart.
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