[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
Zap Branigan wrote:
So, how about you slow down while driving next to them and tell them to get in the fucking bike lane. I’m a cyclist, and I also share your hate of cyclists who ride in the road.
Or, if its one lane… just hold your horn until they get out of the way.
I yell at these guys all the time when my kids are not in the car.
I know this is their hobby and they are trying to keep fit and I have no problem with it. Just get off the fucking road when there is a bike path 10 feet away that my tax dollars built!
It only seems to be the guys that wear yellow or postal service jerseys that do this shit. I am sure they fantasize they are in the TDF and the wide, paved smooth bike path is beneath them.
Is the bike path perfectly smooth or everytime it reaches a cross street does it dip down the curb and then up again on the other side? Does it have all sorts of unnecessary twists and turns? The reason i ask is that if the guys riding on the road are on road bikes there is nothing more frustrating than the sort of bike path I just described, you can’t maintain a high speed and you have to stop for cars on the cross street rather than flowing with the traffic on the street you are riding on.
Now I fully agree that kids and anyone out for a leisurely ride or on a slower mountain bike must use the cycle path, but for road cyclists/triathaletes doing a serious training ride the path is more of a hinderance than a help.
I’m not sure what the law is in the USA, but over here in Australia anyone on a bike is actually classified as a road vehicle and is entitled to use the road, and car drivers have to respect that fact, not that many do this is another matter entirely…
The two spots near my house that I have this problem are longs stretches without curbs or side streets. I know what you mean but it is not an issue in this case. I am totally baffled why they don’t use the path. It is in better shape than the road.[/quote]
I know that many times I dont use the path because of the idiots I have come up to while I am on it so I ride the shoulder instead but I never impede traffic. I also find I keep a better cadence when on the road because I don’t have to worry about mom’s pushing the strollers or the kids on the scooters.