THE ROAD IS OUR AGONY, BUT ALSO OUR DAILY BREAD - -
- a series of memorable and forgettable rants, ramblings, and stories from the road. . .
Kim, it might help if more of your readers were apprised of what was going on behind the scenes here. In the meantime, here's my two cents and then some. As both a cyclist and a driver, I'd be pissed about some of the antics I see on group rides. TNWC just happens to be the shining example we're focusing on right now. Running stop signs, pulling out in front of oncoming traffic, and general jackassery are never going to endear us to people that all ready dislike our presence on "their" roads. I'd be pissed too if I saw a cyclist run a stop sign or cause me to have to stop at a green light that had always been green since the first cyclist of the group made the right on red. Hell, it makes me uncomfortable riding in the group when this goes on because I know the reaction it will draw.On the flip side, I get pissed as hell by the idiots on Morningstar drive that see it fit to pass on the double yellow and risk our lives and those of the oncoming traffic because they cant wait to get to the passing zone. We have every right to be on that road and take up as much space as we want. there has to be some give and take on both sides. The need to realize we're there and have a right to be and we need to collectively stop acting like idiots and stop breaking the rules of the road when we ride and then whining for equal treatment.
Come over to my house some time and see how many cars stop at the sign infront of my house. It's about one out of ten. I don't go out and yell at them and try and kill them. Better yet go to a country where there are more bikes then cars and see how it works. If we can get $10 gas by next summer it could fix all my problems. I'll just have to make my garden bigger.Chad
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