Coward… Part 2

So there I was, driving my VW Beetle on the bicycle lane going the opposite way. I figure, since cyclists can ride on the sidewalk and use the crosswalks going the opposite way, why couldn’t I drive the bike lane? Is not like cyclists use it anyways, I just had to be careful with runners thinking that they can run on the bicycle lanes instead of the sidewalk….
All of the sudden, a cyclist riding the bike lane appears, he starts yelling obscenities, something like ‘You are going the opposite way, and you are driving on the bike lane!!’ He gets off his bike, I get off my bug, we exchange reminders of our mothers and we go on our way.

Now that I had time to think, I couldn’t remember the type of bike he was riding so let’s examine the possibilities:

Fezzari

If he was riding a Fezzari: He must work for Fezzari… who else would ride a Fezzari. He was probably just some marketing guy…. I should have rushed him…

IRO
If he was riding an IRO: Dude must be some type of bike outlaw to ride a fixie!!! He’s probably from New York!!! He’ll beat my ass down with his 20 lb lock, I better run!!!

Weight Wennie
If he was riding a Giant TCR: Dude must be a weight weenie, he’s wearing spandex for crying out loud, he’s probaby a bike geek. I should have pounded him with his bike…

Ibex Corrida
If he was riding an Ibex Corrida: He was probably a mountain biker riding a bike that was ‘too much’ for him. After all, who else would hit a car while riding a road bike?
Ouch I should have invited him for a cold beer, after all, he’s my good friend.

So what is the moral of the story? Riding a bike is more fun than going to the gas station and fill up a Hummer!

Disclaimer: The aforementioned is a parody of a previous post. I do not endorse nor encourage driving on the bike lanes.


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0 thoughts on “Coward… Part 2”

  1. Gordon says:

    Haahah, nice! Damn Fezzari guys..

  2. Nick says:

    “He gets off his bike, I get off my bug…”

    You got off your bug? Moe, were you ghost riding the whip? Maybe that’s why the biker was yelling at you.

  3. RL Policar says:

    Dude that’s funny!

  4. GeekCyclist says:

    I read both of your “coward” posts, and with all due respect, it sounds like you are lucky to be alive.

    Making an absolute statement like “never ride on the sidewalk, or against traffic” ignores the possibility that following those behaviors may be the only reasonable way to get where you are going.

    That said, both of the behaviors you described in these posts greatly increase the likelihood of a cyclist being in an accident, and both insurers and courts will generally ascribe the primary fault to the cyclist in these cases.

    The funniest thing to me is that in the first coward post you appear to have cribbed a graphic from BicycleSafe.com which explains how to avoid this collision – point 3:

    “Crossing between sidewalks can be a fairly dangerous maneuver. If you do it on the left-hand side of the street, you risk getting slammed as per the diagram. If you do it on the right-hand side of the street, you risk getting slammed by a car behind you that’s turning right. You also risk getting hit by cars pulling out of parking lots or driveways. These kinds of accidents are hard to avoid, which is a compelling reason to not ride on the sidewalk in the first place.

    And another reason not to ride on the sidewalk is that you’re threatening to pedestrians. Your bike is as threatening to a pedestrian as a car is threatening to you. Finally, riding on the sidewalk is illegal in some places. (In Austin, those places are the Drag, and downtown on 6th St. and on Congress). If you do plan on riding on sidewalks, do it slowly and EXTRA carefully, ESPECIALLY when crossing the street between two sidewalks.”

  5. Moe says:

    I’m not against riding on a sidewalk nor riding on a crosswalk when its absolutely necessary and safe to do so. My point is that as bike commuters, we have the right to the streets as cars do. Riding a bike like a pedestrian diminishes these rights by giving motorists the impression that bikes do not belong on the street.

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