Post by Safe Drivers Unite on May 7, 2014 21:13:03 GMT -5
Wish my area was more bike friendly! It would give me more of an initiative to actually go out and bike to and from work! But till then I am just going to ride my bike on places where there aren't alot of cars
My area will never be bike friendly. Most of the cyclists here seem to break every law that you can imagine. Around my area, they tend to run stop signs/lights, go way too slow when riding in a lane, and sometimes will actually ride down the opposing traffics lane(even around blind curves).
I've nearly been hit by one that ran their stop sign at the 3-way stop. I approached the stop sign while there was no one at the others. I proceeded when I noticed a cyclist running their stop sign. I couldn't see the cyclist in advance because of trees and a small hill blocking the view of the cyclist.
Another incident was at another 3-way stop. At this one, there was nothing around that could block my view, so there was no way I could miss seeing a cyclist. I stopped at my stop sign and then proceeded to turn left. As I turned left, I noticed an overtaking cyclist that ran the stop sign. He came really close to hitting me.
The last incident didn't happen at a stop. I was beginning to slow down as I was preparing to turn right. I had the green light, so there was no expectations for me to come to a complete stop, but when I got close, a cyclist pulled right out in front of me. I hit my brakes, honked, and then yelled at him.
Not all of the cyclists are bad, but a good cyclist around my area is more rare than a diamond.
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