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Monday, June 25, 2012

Bikes in NYC

Back in Brooklyn I turn the corner to be met head on by a bicyclist about to run a red light going the wrong way on a one-way street. I'm stressed from 45 minutes of fighting city traffic, and I lean on the horn. She is shocked! She has no idea what I am upset with her about!

Bicyclists in New York simply do not think the traffic laws have anything to do with them.

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  1. I will be honest, I ride a bike and disregard traffic laws. Then again, I do the same in a car. However, I do so within reason. I never go the wrong way, I never cross an intersection on red unless it is clear for at least one block, and I always give cars the right of way (something I don't have to do). There is something that I do that really pisses off people in cars: I take the lane when I ride.

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  2. Then again, downtown Cleveland is quite a bit different that NYC.

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  3. Oh, and I don't think that it is just bicyclists in NY that don't follow traffic laws, it is the majority of them in any city.

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    1. You have never been to Amsterdam, then, Joe?

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    2. Bah! Europeans are sissies. (I'm kidding, of course).

      Nope, never been. I would like to go, but not for biking.

      It is true that most bicyclists disregard a great deal of the traffic statutes, it's just too easy to do on a bike. I did get hit by a car a few weeks ago, but I was actually following the law to a T (it was kind of a crazy intersection). Maybe it's karma. Who knows?

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