Bicycles on the road

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ThatOtherGuy, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. LittleRedToyota

    LittleRedToyota Yinzer

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    spirit of the law sounds good to me. though, in this case, the spirit and letter of the law are the same...which is "if you are holding everyone else up, be considerate and GTFO of the way as soon as you safely can and let them by instead of being a selfish asshole."
  2. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Sweet, glad it worked out that way.
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    If you actually read the law, it says to pull off where there sufficient space for a safe turnout. It doesn't say anything about pulling off anywhere. :nah

    If there's not sufficient space for a safe turnout, there's no requirement to pull over.

    Funny enough, not too many of us in this thread live in Idaho. I've been thru on a moto. There's not really a lot of people out there... Its gonna take some doing to get 3 people stacked up behind you.

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  4. LittleRedToyota

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    guess you missed the part where i said "safely"? :dunno
  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Must have

    :nod

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  6. rxcrider

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    Two interactions with people on bicycles in the last two days. The second one, today went exactly how it should. Three cyclists heading up a short hill with no line of sight - blind right over crest. They rode up the hill claiming the entire lane and I paced them a safe distance back. As soon as they cleared the crest, they fell in single file and I passed in the opposite lane as soon as I could see there was no oncoming traffic. Yesterday was the polar opposite. On a little used two lane road, I came up behind two people on bicycles ( not cyclists ). They had reflective everything on to make themselves safe. One was riding in the center of my lane and the other was riding in the middle of the opposite lane. I paced behind them for half a minute before they noticed me and decided to move into one lane together. Just before they decided to move together, I was contemplating using the horn to wake them up.
  7. filmfan

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    I wave the car around (or not, if there is something approaching) as soon as I have a reliable site-line in situations like that. Gives them a little bit of a head start in getting by me.
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I really just don't get it. :confused

    Would you do to a family member what you're doing to me? If the answer's no, then why do it?!

    Why are you passing too closely? If you had to get around your kid, would you buzz his elbow or give him room? :ear

    Why are you passing at the crests of hills? Would you pass anyway or wait to see what's coming?

    Horse people... Had one pass me towing the spawn of Satan in its trailer pass me closely today. So if I did that to you on your horse, it'd be OK?! :norton

    It boggles my mind. ...but after 20 years of doing this, it shouldn't.

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  9. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    A couple of years ago, we got buzzed by a pickup pulling a landscape trailer. It was so close, I could have bunny hopped onto it. Instead we gave synchronized middle finger salutes! Why people, Why???:ear:1drink
  10. SilkMoneyLove

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    Was behind a cyclist near the top of a hill yesterday. Couldn't see enough for a safe pass so I slowed behind the cyclist and took the time to explain to my 8yo daughter why I was slowing, giving the guy space and waiting to make my pass when it was safe to do so.

    Lead by example.

    I am teaching her the correct way to do things now, while she still listens to me instead of at 15, when she knows it all and parents are stupid.

    It took an extra minute but it was well spent IMO.
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    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Good job. Too bad this has to sound like the exception rather than the rule. Oh sure...many will slow down and not put themselves or anyone else in danger but then, they'll bitch about it afterwards.. :deal
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    From those of us on the receiving end: thank you

    :thumb

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  13. rxcrider

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    Was that directed at one of us or a rant toward drivers you dealt with recently?
  14. Starkmojo

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    Just got buzzed this morning by an adver on my bicycle. 12' lane and he was so close I could smell his aftershave. Thing that pissed me off is if I had been on my MC he probably would have waved.

    So if your the guy driving by the Coos Bay casino around 9 am, how about you share the lane a little bette next time? We don't both need to be in the right 1/3 of the lane.
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    I've never met you and I like you more than most of my family.
    I'd probably try to clip them with the mirror :lol3
  16. SilkMoneyLove

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    Thanks for the kudos, but I'm just doing what I am supposed to be doing.

    I'm trying to be a role model as an adult and that includes my driving. I'm doing my best to raise an independent, positive contributor to our society.

    And, it isn't hard for me to share the road.

    Be the change you want to see.
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Generic rant

    I've only met BWalsh and Ridge from this thread so far

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  18. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    Last week on a 1 mile section of shoulderless, straight road (40 mph speed limit) that is marked for passing in both directions, a car pulled out to pass me. I was riding approx 2' from the white line.

    Problem? Three cars approaching in the oncoming lane (nothing behind them), the passing driver passed anyway. First car swerved and dropped right side wheels off the pavement, second car swerved completely off the road and nearly lost control in the ditch. The passing driver was back in lane as the third car went past and then it was about 2 minutes before another car. :huh

    To beat all, it happened on the Army base I work on. I ride approx 5000 miles/year on the base so it's no surprise that is where most of my close calls have been (put in the ditch once and numerous close passes).

    I've caught up to these drivers a few times (although not this time) and calmly explained that my wife and kids would be very upset if they witnessed the manner of close passing. I usually ask the driver if they would pass their family member that closely (never got an answer). I'm usually met with some form of the tired argument that I shouldn't be on the road (or some other imaginary infraction). A few times I got an apology.

    Regardless of what we think of the riding/driving habits of the other road users, simple courtesy goes a long way (applies to all road users of course).
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    Squidbrah Been here awhile

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    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    That's what happens when you make an unannounced u-turn. Don't make unannounced u-turns.