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IF drivers drove more cautiously where I love, I would love to cycle on streets. They provide a much smoother ride. Unfortunately that's not the case and I'd take a love tap from a driver doing a California stop than getting hit at 15-45mph. My 2cents.

The reason, again, riding on sidewalks is illegal is because it increases the chances of you getting hit by cars turning/passing through intersections or pulling into driveways because you are not in their line of sight. You also increase the chance of colliding with pedestrians, which I must remind you that you are not while cycling. It's lose/lose to ride on the sidewalk, despite your preconceived notions about riding on roads. It's no cakewalk riding in the city here (Chicago), but you just have to remain alert and consider alternate routes.
post #52 of 78
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1. I ride a motorcycle.
2. There is no bike lane where it happens the most, so they're passing illegally if they are truly a road vehicle.

It doesn't matter if they're in a cycle lane or not, it's not illegal. Cycle lanes are considered part of the lane they're in the vicinity of, so your argument wouldn't stand up even if it was illegal. They're merely a road position guide for cyclists in busy bits of road.

I'm faster to 25-30mph than a car is, why would I sit in a line of them choking on fumes, waiting to get rear-ended whilst having them slow me down on my take off when it's legal for me to the go to the front and get a clean break in a much safer road position? If it's not safe to go to the front then fair enough, but you seemed to think that taking the law into your own hands by moving in front of a cyclist is a good idea. If this ever happens, expect the police at your car very quickly, assuming the cyclist doesn't remove your wing mirror and then proceed to beat you senseless with it tongue.gif.
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I've seen people doing this sort of thing years ago... neat though.
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pretty cool.

It would be sick if they can have this for reg cars.
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The reason, again, riding on sidewalks is illegal is because it increases the chances of you getting hit by cars turning/passing through intersections or pulling into driveways because you are not in their line of sight. You also increase the chance of colliding with pedestrians, which I must remind you that you are not while cycling. It's lose/lose to ride on the sidewalk, despite your preconceived notions about riding on roads. It's no cakewalk riding in the city here (Chicago), but you just have to remain alert and consider alternate routes.
Okay, fair enough. What happens if the road does not have a bike lane? Am I permitted to travel on the sidewalk?
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No, you may travel on the road on the side of the lane. The law in most states is that drivers must allow three feet of room when passing cyclists. Most people don't, but almost every cycle/car interaction I see is at an intersection -- be careful and check behind you when stopped, and check your corners when turning, even if it seems clear. Lots of ignorant motorists will try and cut inside you if you're towards the middle of the lane, so ride in a position that doesn't permit them to do so. Cycling is inherently dangerous in a society full of motorists who somehow believe they are above the law and that cyclists are somehow a bane to their travel times or "right to take up the whole god damn road".

Of note: It is very difficult to defend yourself against aggressive drivers, but NEVER strike first.
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Yeah, POV Bike wheel lights have been around for years, literally. Very cool, don't get me wrong. I love them. But definitely not new.
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I find the people of SF intriguing, in China people are moving away from bicycles into automobiles, but in SF people are moving away from automobiles onto bikes, but then again, the sky is blue in SF and grey in densely populated cities like Beijing and Shanghai.
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Tron much?
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O.O That looks amazing!
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