by: Carrie A. Blakley
Every year I write a similar column, and again this year, I’m writing it again. This time, I’m just going to spit it right out, and not beat around the bush. If you’re going to ride your bicycle on the highway, please understand that 4 wheeled vehicles have just as much of a right to be on that road as your 2 wheeled, human-powered vehicles. By the way, because your bicycles are considered vehicles, that also means that all the road laws apply to you. That means drivers of 4-wheeled vehicles, expect you to obey those road laws, just like they’re expected to. In other words, those stop signs also apply to you. In-town speed limits, also apply to you. Parking laws, also apply to you. For those of you who drive motorized 2-wheeled vehicles, the out-of-town speed limits also apply to you, as do all other traffic laws. Like, double yellow lines, for example.
Just about every single time I travel from town, to my home, there is someone operating a 2-wheeled vehicle that seems to think that the posted speed limit signs don’t apply to them. Almost without fail, I get passed by someone riding a motorcycle, and it’s always the “crotch-rocket” variety. People can complain about the noise a larger Harley Davidson motorcycle makes, but the one thing that I have never heard anyone complain about is someone on a Harley passing them on a double yellow line, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and acting like a general swine on the road. As a matter of fact, most of the people that ride those larger bikes, will be some of the first people to pull over, and help you, if they see you need help, or if there’s an accident, and help needs to be obtained. So, complain all you want about the noise, I have found nothing but good folks operating Harley Davidson motorcycles. Y’all with the Yakuza-level crotch rockets, on the other hand, many people take issue with, simply because of the way they’re driven.
So, motorized, or not, please, do yourselves, and everyone else on the road, a huge favor. Stop riding like you own the road, and 4-wheeled motorists owe you the courtesy of special space on the road. Yes, we keep our eyes out for you. Yes, we go around you. Yes, we will back off from going around you when there are blind curves, and we can’t see what might be coming towards us, that would put you, and us, in a tremendous amount of danger. NO, we will not break the laws, just so you have your special little space on the road. It doesn’t work that way. It’s called sharing the road, not giving it up. Oh, and the sharing part, also applies to you 2-wheeled, human-powered bicyclists. That being said, have a good, and safe, week everyone!
Editors Note: and when you are loading the shuttle or packing up your bikes, it is not nice to leave unfinished drinks, cups, bottles on the sidewalk or on the bench or atop a railing, there are trash cans all over town for your trash.