July 15th, 2005
|10:29 am - it stinks!|
OKAY OKAY OKAY OKAY OKAY
I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE A SUPER COOL ASS CYCLIST AND I CAN'T CALL YOU "BIKER" OR WHATEVER
YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD TOO
NO YOUR LIVESTRONG BRACELET DOESN'T MEAN YOU GOT SPECIAL PRIVILEGES
THAT MEANS IF THE LIGHT IS RED AND THERE'S A WALK SIGNAL, YOU GOTTA STOP TOO
OTHERWISE PEOPLE YOU NEARLY RUN OVER AS THEY TRY TO LEGALLY CROSS THE STREET IN THE CROSSWALK SUCH AS CERTAIN PEOPLE NAMED SPATCH WILL LOUDLY DEMAND YOU PERFORM CERTAIN ANATOMICAL IMPOSSIBILITIES UPON YOUR PERSON
AND NO, YOUR MIDDLE FINGER DOES NOT MEAN "THANK YOU FOR POINTING OUT THE ERRORS OF MY WAYS"
i hate those guys. they make life so much worse for the rest of us. i nearly hit a few cyclists (while on my bike) who were also running a red (in a very weird and unpredictable way, to boot).
|Date:||July 15th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)|| |
They're easier to knock over than you might think. You just gotta plant your feet firmly, drop your hips a bit, and shove hard on whatever part of their profile you make contact with.
Much as Livestrong is a neat idea, right now those bracelets serve a different purpose here in Vancouver: "warning: potential asshat."
On the other hand, PEDESTRIANS who cross against the light because I AM IN SUCH A HURRY AND OH LOOK NO CARS deserve to get run over by my bike.
amen - those are just as bad as the cars who say OH LOOK NO CARS I GONNA GUN IT.
I think there's just a lot of irresponsible, stupid people in this world. It's just always a problem when one gets nearly hit by one, isn't it?
|Date:||July 15th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)|| |
Can we perhaps tack on a AND IF YOU'RE ON A BIKE AND OVER THE AGE OF TWELVE, GET THE FUCK OFF THE SIDEWALK to the admirable statement above?
Eh, the law on this is totally locale-dependent.
it is indeed - how do you know spatch?
(Mostly through interactive fiction / ifMUD
actually, i once met spatch IRL, but that was a long time ago.
|Date:||July 15th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)|| |
The law notwithstanding, cycling on sidewalks is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists both.
i would say it's dangerous for pedestrians. :)
seriously, though, i generally don't bike on the sidewalk (perhaps 2ft from the ramp on the curb to the bikerack - because i *am* lazy), and i generally don't like it when people do it. i think it's rude to pedestrians and makes life harder for those of us who want to bike on the streets, because drivers tend to assume then that we belong on the sidewalks. however, i think that if you're going sufficiently slowly, it's not particularly dangerous. most bikers, i will grant you, don't do this. :)
A while back I was walking into town when a cyclist came round a corner and hit me. He fell off the bike, while I took no significant damage.
Even more amazingly (considering the general quality of the neighbourhood), he accepted that it was his fault, and didn't attempt to beat me to a pulp for having the audacity to be walking on the path.
Rarr, dammit, I hate that!
The bike situation has been getting worse in London just recently, because for some strange reason people have been shying away from the buses and Tube a little. I'm all for people using environmentally-friendly transport, as long as they obey the feckin' signals.
I hate them too. I hate that the law says they should ride in traffic with me and my car, dispite the fact that they can only go some measly slow mph. I HATE being stuck behind them, in their bad spandex.
most places you can pass us. even so, you should be glad we're out there. otherwise traffic would be far worse than it already is.
|Date:||July 15th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)|| |
not to mention - the asshole who runs lights & shears pedestrians, do you want that person in a car instead of on a bike?
I have one friend who is an insanely aggressive cyclist and he's downright terrifying as a driver.