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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Random Road Angst

In the past 24 hours, I've had an altercation with a bicyclist in Golden Gate Park who was aggressively riding in the cross-walk and screamed at me to stop for pedestrians. I screamed back he was on wheels, not feet and is therefore not a pedestrian, but rather a law-breaking asshat. He was completely convinced that I was totally wrong and he was a pedestrian.

I've also been honked at for stopping at a red light. When I stopped at the next red light, I looked in the rear view mirror to see if the crazy bitch in the truck was upset that I also was stopping for this one and she was animatedly cursing at me. I had to laugh. That REALLY pissed her off, so she sped around me just past the intersection, going at least 45 on Stanford campus, where the speed limit is always 25 or less. I can only dream of the traffic ticket she deserves.

But what they hell? What makes people feel some damned entitled to break the laws of the road and blame those who are following the law for doing so? I'm used to this on the freeway - folks tailgating and being aggressive because you're not speeding sufficiently, but wow. New level. Get a grip folks!

4 Comments:

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    By Blogger Michael, at 5:23 AM  

  • He was completely convinced that I was totally wrong and he was a pedestrian.No chance, unless he was cycling on a wheelchair: "safe and convenient pedestrian travel and access, whether by foot, wheelchair, walker, or stroller, [shall] be provided to the residents of the state" — CVC 21949 (a).

    That notwithstanding: "[n]o pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard" — CVC 21950 (b).

    By Blogger Michael, at 5:25 AM  

  • That last part should be posted at the intersections around Stanford.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 12:47 PM  

  • I used to think that bicycles were some hybrid of vehicles and pedestrians, but I don't think that's true anymore, as most cities don't allow you to bike on the sidewalk. I think that has to do more with the ability to get off the bike and walk it across a dangerous intersection, as I sometimes do.

    However, from my experiences bike commuting in the East Bay, I think that bicycles are at least as much a part of the problem as asshole car drivers. All of my near accidents with bicycles have happened with me nearly barreling through other cyclists who choose to ignore things like stop signs and red lights.

    That second one sounds like a real nut though. I've been rear ended twice for not starting fast enough from a red light (despite the fact that the car in front of my wasn't moving either). Some people just can't wait a few more seconds I guess.

    By Blogger christophe, at 4:12 PM  

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