I'm all for people conserving energy, and I'm all for the healthy benefits of people biking to work or wherever. Truthfully, if I could bike to work I would. But I can't see pulling a trailer with the kids to daycare 2 miles, then biking my butt to work the other 5 miles. Its not that far, but I'm still fairly out of shape. And there's HILLS! I don't think I've EVER biked up a hill in my entire life. I'm the sort that has to get off and walk up.
This morning while I'm driving and chatting with JimmyEW who is driving as well (we are both using our hands free sets btw) I hear a little "beep beep" from his end. See, Jim has a problem, he's a chronic honker. Although he says he does it for mostly safety purposes, I know he's doing it sometimes to say, "Hey, dude, stop being a dumbass". As if that driver has been waiting for just the right person to point out to them they aren't such great drivers. But I love Jim in spite of his horn habit. So when today I heard a honk, I chucked.
"Oh no" he declared defensively, "I had to this time. It was a stupid biker. He had a no-walk and it was green, I was going 40 and he wasn't paying attention. I would have T-boned him! (He may have said T-bar...I'm not sure about collision lingo).
Thats when we start griping about how bikers share the road with us but don't seem concerned about following the rules. Like four way stops. Or like the two biddies who were riding the wrong way on a one way street. I'm going, one way, driving on the left side of the one way road and they act like I'm supposed to move out of their way! Not only is that rude and stupid since I'm a big car and can't dodge and weave out of their bicycle's way, but I HAD TO TURN LEFT! Hence, driving in the left lane. They even said something like, "move out of our way." I was astounded. I excused them by deciding they were tourists and were unaware of the one way status. But who knows.
And don't get me started about how nervous bikers made me in Chicago when they would whip in and out of traffic or fly past me just as I was about to open my door. There were a few times I felt quite lucky I had seen them zipping up from no where, otherwise I might have been an unhappy party to a bad accident.
I often see them blowing through stop signs too. That irks me. Its fine and all, but what happens the day that someone isn't paying as much attention as they should be? That biker has no chance against a car, it would be pretty ugly and very sad.
Of course I would never act out on my frustration for the lack of rule following. Like the guy in CA who passed a couple bikers and then slammed on his breaks, sending one biker through the rear window of his car. That man has some serious anger issues.
In response to this incident the bikers have organized, they have a bill of rights even. I scanned it, I didn't see the right to get pulled over by cops for blowing through a stop sign though.
If you're a biker, don't get me wrong. I am only seeing this from my perspective. I invite you to share your rude offish car driver stories. And I also acknowledge that many of you are very responsible bikers. I just wish the bikers I see would follow the same rules or stay on the sidewalk.