Sounds like a great opportunity, with responsible adult leaders. Let's hope they have more success, and common sense than the Boise youth road biking clubs whose adult leaders teach and reinforce riding 3 and 4 abreast, well into motor vehicle lanes, swear and spit at cars that try to pass, and ignore traffic laws.
I just bought a song from the iTunes store for $0.99 - now I have to hop in my SUV, drive to downtown Boise, drop some coin in the meter, run in and drop off the $0.06 that the State wants....
Why not just be more reasonable, and start taxing all the bicycle racers zooming around town cutting people off, riding in packs blocking traffic, riding in blind spots, and running into opening car doors.
I will always give you three feet to pass. When you are in your bike lane, and I am in my car lane, and we are all driving / riding single file, there is always at least three feet between us. The problem arises when you decide it's a smoother, easier, better (or whatever else) to ride ON the white line dividing the bike and car lane.... or when you are riding two, or three (or more!) across so you can chat. That puts you in the car lane, and unfortunately (right or wrong) car vs. bike, the outcome is always 100% predictable
Yes, I am familiar with the differences in road laws for Cyclists vs. cars. And if you think about it, you would see that this is a big part of the problem/ Cyclists have been given the right to basically ignore the road signs, and now take it for granted that EVERY car driver knows these differences, AND sees every cyclist in every direction. The worst offenders are the groups of 'professional' riders. When in packs, I have seen, on a regular basis, these riders blow through stop signs and red lights like they have the right away, and every other vehicle should yield to them. Apparantly, it's just too much effort to stop, or even slow down when a car could be passing through. I have also seen, many times, a car, stopped at a stop sign, with it's right turn signal on, then starting to turn, while a cyclists, in the bike lane, blows the stop sign to go STRAIGHT. Fortunately, the car, in each of these instances, has caught sight, and slammed on their brakes, or just barely bumped the biker. The funny thing is, each time, the biker yells obscenities and gestures at the driver like it was the drivers fault! The sad thing that bikers don't realize is that it does not matter if they are right or wrong, when it comes to car vs. bike, BIKE ALWAYS LOOSES.
So, back to my original statement - OBEY THE RULES, and ride single file.
Hmmm... I was cited recently for running a red light in my car, and the fine was $75, plus points against my drivers license (which is required if I am to use my vehicle on a public road), and possible increases to my insurance (which is also required if I am using my vehicle on a public road).
Funny thing is, in a car in a single lane, I am not allowed to drive on the line, or drive side by side (maybe if I had some sponsors, wore sexy tights, shaved my legs and spit on passing motorists that pissed me off they would let me)
If you are on a public road in a bike, or a car, you need to FOLLOW THE RULES, have a license, and carry insurance
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