3 Responses to “Second Annual Safety Ride Scheduled for Friday Morning”
December 30th, 2010
I am curious as to why the sudden militancy of some of these cyclists. Once again the other day I observed a "professional" rider hogging the road on Bayside. If I was driving a car at 10 mph and forcing people to risk their lives by turning into the oncoming lane to pass I would be cited for obstructing traffic. Another time I saw one traveling at least 30 mph in the curves. He was barely in control on his wobbly little 10 speed. If he had hit a rock (and there are occasionally rocks in the road along there) he would have had a serious crash. But bikes are given an exception. While it is nice that people around here have the free time and financial wherewithal to ride their bikes for recreation or transportation. The rest of the people here use automobiles in order to get someplace in a quicker, safer, and more time efficient manner. This whole "sharrow" thing is going to cause accidents. I think it is stupid. It would be much safer for everyone, especially the bike riders, if bikes were recommended to ride through Irvine Terrace and enter Bayside Dr. by BCYC yacht club, where the road is wider and can accommodate both types of transportation safely. I will say it again and keep saying until someone listens that the curves on Bayside are unsafe for bicycles and cause an unsafe condition for automobiles. Oh, and before I'm labeled a bike hater, I've ridden those curves (sometimes towing a long board behind my bike as a kid) since before most people in CdM were born. But it was often dangerous and stupid, but I managed to stay out of the way of the cars and not hog the road. And thinking back, we rode facing traffic so we could see when a car was about to run us down. But I forgot, common sense in this country died sometime in the 1970's. :)
December 30th, 2010
Bikes do not endanger the safety or property of others. They are quiet, efficient and relatively inexpensive to operate. They are also excellent for physical health and mental wellbeing. Coastal Southern California is a great place to ride a bike!
December 31st, 2010
Ok, I love bikes, biking, bikers... But why don't they ride single file the way we were taught as kids? You have a photo of them taking up the entire lane. That looks hazardous to me!! Not sure I understand the rules. I thought they were supposed to obey the rules of the rode as other vehicles. By the way, I am very careful and always yield to bikers. Not a hater, just don't like the way they seem to ride these days.