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.


  1. Anonymous7:38 PM

    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.

  2. Anonymous7:41 PM

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

  3. Anonymous7:44 PM

    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.

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

    2. Anonymous8:24 PM

      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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