BJ'S BLOG 0321/13 "Careless Cyclists"
Hey there Rock-A-Holics; today's blog is one I wrote a while back about an accident I was almost involved in.
Before work one morning, I almost got into an accident thanks to a careless bicyclist.
I work in the Capitol Hill/First Hill area and we have a lot of bike lanes and cyclists in this area which is something Mayor Mike McGinn loves having.
As I am about to take a right turn at a green light, I have to pay attention to the cross walk because that light also goes on and I want to make sure no one is stupid and decides to run across while wearing dark clothing at 6 AM. Well, as I’m turning, I see this tiny light out of the corner of my eye; as I turn over I see this light streaking down with no intention of stopping as it comes towards a red light. My instinct is to ram my brakes hoping no one hits me from behind. My thinking was if this guy zips past the red light, I’m going to hit him and because I’m in a car, he’s the one that’s going to get hurt if not killed.
This jerk flies all the way down and take a right turn without stopping but is wearing dark colored clothing so even if he was actually trying to signal, I couldn’t see it because he only has a tiny light to indicate that he is there.
If you are on a bike, especially coming up on a red light, you have stop then take your turn instead of blistering down the street and messing up traffic.
They need to make cyclists get a license plate and pay for tabs just like the rest of us on the road and they need to start penalizing the cyclists who break the rules!
Steve also came up with the idea of having them put a baseball card or something in the spokes of their bikes so that we can hear them coming. They also should be wearing bright reflective vests at the time, I can’t see them especially if they’re wearing dark clothes.
I don’t care what good “Mayor McShwinn” has done, I want him voted out because he is pro-bike and has only cost us more money and caused more headaches for the rest of us commuters.
He continues to validate the people who act like idiots while on the road on a two wheeled vehicle.
I am so sick of cyclists and I hate their excuse that they are better for the environment. That is bull because they make cars travel slower and muck up traffic making it actually worse for the environment.