Perhaps you should check out one of the CicloSDias events in person so you understand how these kind of events unite communities instead of just inconveniencing people. The Executive Director of the Bike Coalition is more than happy to meet you at CicloSDias this Sunday and ride with you to give you a more thorough understanding and insight into what you're writing about for our Neighborhood News. As a journalist, I don't think this is an opportunity you should pass up.
Email me ([email protected]) to arrange a time for you two to cruise CicloSDias together on Sunday.
Thanks, looking forward to it.
@ReaganSD: Your gas taxes go mostly to state and federal highways. Little if any fuel taxes pay for Garnet or Cass. Most of the money for local roads like Garnet and Cass comes from sales and property taxes.
Maybe you should try doing your research before making unsubstantiated claims about your presumed ownership of the road. You don't own the road and you don't pay significantly more for it than bicyclists.
Many people use bicycles as a primary form of transportation. You're just making childish excuses to rationalize your childish delusion that you own the road. You don't own the road. Grow up.
Even without bicycles, traffic has always been slow on Garnet; at least it has been since 1986 when I moved here from Orange County.
I never cease to be amazed by the drama queens who pretend that they are so terribly victimized by having to share the road with bicycles. Of all the things that slow me down on the road, bicycles are by far the least of my problems.
Grow up and learn how to share the road. It's not difficult and it's not a great hardship to maintain safe passing distance or slow down and wait until you can. You would do it for a bus. You would do it for a garbage truck. You would do it for a cement truck. You can do it for a bicyclist.
While I am not a fan of Critical Mass, it happens on one Friday evening a month. It's hardly representative of road conditions in general.
Today I was harassed by no less than 3 different motorists who were angry that I was using the full lane on roads that had multiple lanes. Apparently these ignorant childish self entitled idiots think that the left lane has cooties. What exactly is so horrible about using the left lane to pass a bicyclist safely? In each case, there were conditions which satisfied the exceptions to the keep right rule as specified in CVC 21202(a)(3) or (a)(4) or 21208(a)(3) or (a)(4) or some combination of more than one of those.
Bicyclists actually do have a right to travel on the public roads. I know that's difficult to understand for people who are too lazy to read the law or too illiterate to understand it but it is a fact, nevertheless.
The "ordinance" would be San Diego Municipal Code §84.09 which prohibits riding bicycles on sidewalks in front of businesses.
The three foot passing law will be California state law, CVC 21760, but it does not go into effect until September 16, 2014.
Right now, CVC 21750 requires maintaining safe distance when passing bicyclists but does not define what "safe distance" means. Unfortunately, there are too many sociopaths who seem to think that anything that doesn't involve actual contact qualifies as safe distance.
Hmm~ What be with this 'ordinance' ? When I ride a bike, I wish such clearance (respect) be served in all SD County cities. That's for the sake of motorists who get their THRILL (no exagg) from sideswiping. At the best, making hairline contact --- with bicycles.
"Pacito" 'own a bike business" ('and has become a victim of bicycle over-regulation'). Is "Pacito" sure to be in the correct business? There's other areas of S.D. in the need of better bike shops --- too. Better -- meaning lower cost to its consumers with better customer service. As SDCounty businesses are so cheap--mindset-ed
You are not being held hostage. You can still get where you are going. Is there some reason you can't use Grand instead? I generally prefer Grand to Garnet even during off peak periods but definitely during peak periods.
Nobody asked you to ride a bike 30 miles to work. That's well into the realm of hard core and very few are willing to put in the time and effort to bike commute that far on a regular basis. Why do you think that anyone is asking you to bike commute 30 miles?
The streets are also for bicycles and they have been for 150 years. That's longer than cars have existed.
Why do you feel so threatened by bicycles?
It's funny how some people seem to think that "share the road" means that bicyclists have to stay out of their way. In other words, in their view, bicyclists are only allowed to use the road if they can keep up with traffic. Otherwise, they don't get to use the road.
That's no sharing under any definition that I am aware of.
The vast overwhelming majority of the time, the only thing that you have to do is move over to pass. If you think that you are being impeded when you can move over to pass, then again, you need to consult your favorite dictionary and learn what the word "impede" means.
BTW, the courts have repeatedly found that faster traffic is not being impeded when it can move over to pass slower traffic. I know that changing lanes is challenging for some people, but those people shouldn't be driving. Changing lanes is a basic driving skill that's required for all drivers.
When I'm driving, I rarely have to slow down for bicyclists. Usually the most I have to deal with is just moving over to pass. On the rare occasions that I have to slow down, it's usually just for a few seconds. I've never been slowed down for more than about a minute by bicyclists. Motorists, on the other hand, slow me down every single time that I drive. They even slow me down when I'm riding my bike.
I do follow the rules of the road. Unlike most motorists, I even signal turns and lane changes consistently. Unlike the majority of motorists, I obey the speed limit. Unlike most motorists I yield to pedestrians at all marked and unmarked crosswalks even if there isn't a stop sign or red light to go with that crosswalk.
You need to get over the childish delusions that the roads are your exclusive territory and that bicyclists have to stay out of your way. You move over to pass absolutely all other slow traffic on the road that isn't bicycles. Why do you think it's different when it's a bicycle?
When is the last time you rode the bus? People get on with shopping bags and those fold-up grocery carts all the time.
Although riding down a street is as safe as walking or driving, sharrows are painted on the road as.....
a) many cyclist don't realize it's safer there, out in the lane, rather than hiding out in the dooring zone where cars are far less likely to see you.
Sharrows show them the safest place to ride.
b) many motorists, and indeed many cyclists (and some police) mistakenly think that cyclists legally have to stay all the way to the right (where they may not be seen by turning cars).
Sharrows confirm to all their legal right.
It should be noted that the legal right for cyclists to take the full lane is not limited to roads with Sharrows, they are just confirmation or reminders. Cyclists can take the full lane on any road in certain special conditions, and on MOST roads all the time simply because they are not wide enough for cars and vehicles to operate safely side-by-side within the lane.
For bicyclists who know enough to use the full lane in sharrows, those lanes are actually very safe -- safer than most bike lanes. Unfortunately, too many bicyclists do not know this.
Unfortunately, too many drivers don't realize that bicyclists have the right to use the full lane in sharrows and most roads without sharrows as well. They then throw childish hissyfits when a bicyclist dares to use the full lane, because moving over to pass a bicyclist is too much for their childish delusions of entitlement.
I've been riding on the road since 1971. I have 6 figure mileage experience and I ride according to the best safety practices of the top bicycle safety experts in the country.
I feel pretty safe on the road. I don't have close calls when riding according to what I was taught. It's possible to ride safely when you ride your bicycle as if you were driving any other slow moving vehicle.
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