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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Why is it that bicyclists feel it necessary to ride in the middle of the road, and why is it that when you come upon one (or more) of them they almost always do the wrong thing.

I'm riding to church this morning at about 7:30. There are few other cars on the road and as I come up over a rise I find 2 bicyclists riding in the middle of the road. Now these two were riding ahead of me and not riding with purpose but just sort of wandering down the road. So as I approach the guy leading the way decides to cross over to the other side of the street (so he's riding against traffic) and his spouse/girlfriend is left in a panic trying to decide what to do as I'm bearing down on her at about 40 MPH. And what does she do? She trys to cross over and follow her stupid spouse/boyfriend. I hit the breaks, she wanders back and forth trying to decide what to do and finally she turned back to the shoulder, I passed on her left and an accident was averted. But why oh why do bicyclists insist on riding in the middle of the road. Sheesh!


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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 06:27 PM
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Around here, the "professional" (have the gear, good quality bikes, etc.) bicycle riders never ride in the middle of the road. But kids or mom and pop out for a ride are like deer; you never know what they will do, and we have to ride accordingly.

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The "professionals" around here can frequently also be found riding in the middle of the road, riding with a "Go ahead hit me. I'll sue." attitude. Maybe it's a Jersey thing.

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Around here, the "professional" (have the gear, good quality bikes, etc.) bicycle riders never ride in the middle of the road. But kids or mom and pop out for a ride are like deer; you never know what they will do, and we have to ride accordingly.
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The "professionals" around here can frequently also be found riding in the middle of the road, riding with a "Go ahead hit me. I'll sue." attitude. Maybe it's a Jersey thing.

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I'd go ahead and hit the mother****ers, and let them try and sue. By law in most states bicyclists are supposed to obey the same traffic laws as cars. If one pulls out in front of you it is no different than if they were in a car. If they violate your right of way, they are at fault.



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The "professionals" around here can frequently also be found riding in the middle of the road, riding with a "Go ahead hit me. I'll sue." attitude. Maybe it's a Jersey thing.

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The animal rights groups enjoyed a certain amount of succes in the NE (their core area, I think) going into the woods during hunting season and making noise to scare the animals away from the hunters. Mostly, the hunters kept their cool and left the woods. When they tried to use that technique in the SE, they discovered the hunters had a different mind set. They tended to shoot in the vicinity of the noise makers, which usually resulted in the protesters leaving the woods. Bike riders here are smart enough not to tempt fate. There is a difference between you suing and having your estate bring suit. That minor detail is not lost on area bicyclists!

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here we have the tosrv every year, tour of scioto river valley. hundreds of bicyclists travel from columbus ohio to portsmouth (about a 90 mile trip straight there but a lot of them take a scenic route) then they head back the next day. most of these are professional bikers, they will ride in a group and when a car comes on a 2 lane road you would think they would single file, hell no they act like they own the road and cars are just in their way. I'll follow for about 20 seconds and if they dont single up I blast my horn at them, they all have mirrors on their bikes but I'm not sure why. probably to see theres a car behind them so they can annoy the crap out of them.

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I'd go ahead and hit the mother****ers, and let them try and sue. By law in most states bicyclists are supposed to obey the same traffic laws as cars. If one pulls out in front of you it is no different than if they were in a car. If they violate your right of way, they are at fault.



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They may be at fault but that won't stop them from suing and here in the NE the knuckleheads that sit in the jury boxes are just as likely to award them a settlement. Even if they lose, the cost of having to defend myself is not worth the momentary satisfaction of having put one in his place. Having been on the defendants side of a law suit once already in my life I have no desire or intent to ever be put in that place again.

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It's not just a Jersey thing....

Around here it's like they dare you to tag 'em.
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You know, I was on another forum asking the same question about a year ago. You would not believe the outcry from some, who acted like the people on cycles DO own the road. The swore that people on bikes have the same rights as any other motorist, and that I was wrong. So I looked up the law for CA and found that they DO NOT have the right to take up an entire lane. I can't recall the exact language but hte short version is that they are to remain TO THE RIGHT of the traffic lane within x distance (can't recall what it was) of the curb or shoulder and are only allowed to ride in the travel path of other vehicles if it is unsafe (IE sand/debris/etc in the roadway) for them to ride in their designated zone.

This weekend I had my official full speed foray into riding again, and in one of my favorite canyons, I almost apexed into a pair of cyclists who had stopped in the road on the exit of a turn. Thank god I was going slow and not pushing. Had I taken it at the SPEED LIMIT I would have taken one or both out. The kicker is that another 20 feet up the road there's actually a good asphalt shoulder about 5 feet wide. The temptation to do something drastic is nearly overwhelming at times, especially when it's the real knuckleheads who refuse to move over and insist on riding in the middle of hte lane, even when riding solo. I've even ridden even with and at the same speed as one guy who just would not move. It's amazing how quick they change their tune when you're pacing them and coming up on a curve.

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