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Old 05-21-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Yes that is a problem if you ride single file - some cars will come so close as to run you off the road. I'm sure this is why riders sometimes ride in two's.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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They should also not be allowed to pass any cars that are stopped at a light. They should stop behind the last car in the lane that is stopped at a light. Let's say a bunch of cars had to pass the cyclist on a road and a mile later they hit a light. The cyclist ultimately catches up to them. The cyclist always passes the cars in line at the light and parks next to the first car at the light and waits (when they don't go through the light). Now, all those cars has to pass the cyclist again.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:31 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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Last Thursday a friend and I rode our motorcycles through this very area: St Stephens Church Rd, through Gold Hill, on the way to Rockwell on US Hwy 52.

I was going the speed limit or slightly under (posted 55) and upon cresting a hill almost plowed into 2 bicyclist riding side by side in the middle of the lane going probably 15 miles an hour.
I have been riding motorcycles for 30+ years and this really scared me, if I was not able to move into the oncoming lane (thankfully it was not occupied) this would have been an terrible accident for all of us.

There is absolutely no way they could not have heard us approaching from behind them, and at the very least should have moved into single file formation to the far right of the lane.

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Old 05-21-2010, 09:11 AM
 
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They should also not be allowed to pass any cars that are stopped at a light. They should stop behind the last car in the lane that is stopped at a light. Let's say a bunch of cars had to pass the cyclist on a road and a mile later they hit a light. The cyclist ultimately catches up to them. The cyclist always passes the cars in line at the light and parks next to the first car at the light and waits (when they don't go through the light). Now, all those cars has to pass the cyclist again.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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Yes that is a problem if you ride single file - some cars will come so close as to run you off the road. I'm sure this is why riders sometimes ride in two's.
Pretty selfish way to ride, IMO.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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I think it's nuts that cyclists use some of the roads they do. I know they are allowed to, but that doesn't mean its smart. Swallow your pride and find safer places to ride your bike. Also, I see groups of 6-7 cyclists on Rea Road during rush hour! Seriously, once again, not very smart.

Hell, in the spirit of compromise, I'd even donate money to a fund to install bike lanes.
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Last Thursday a friend and I rode our motorcycles through this very area: St Stephens Church Rd, through Gold Hill, on the way to Rockwell on US Hwy 52.

I was going the speed limit or slightly under (posted 55) and upon cresting a hill almost plowed into 2 bicyclist riding side by side in the middle of the lane going probably 15 miles an hour.
I have been riding motorcycles for 30+ years and this really scared me, if I was not able to move into the oncoming lane (thankfully it was not occupied) this would have been an terrible accident for all of us.

There is absolutely no way they could not have heard us approaching from behind them, and at the very least should have moved into single file formation to the far right of the lane.
I have had the same situation occur, only while driving a car. I thank god for good brakes and that no one has been tailgaiting me or it could have been a big mess for all concerned.
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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Last Thursday a friend and I rode our motorcycles through this very area: St Stephens Church Rd, through Gold Hill, on the way to Rockwell on US Hwy 52.

I was going the speed limit or slightly under (posted 55) and upon cresting a hill almost plowed into 2 bicyclist riding side by side in the middle of the lane going probably 15 miles an hour.
I have been riding motorcycles for 30+ years and this really scared me, if I was not able to move into the oncoming lane (thankfully it was not occupied) this would have been an terrible accident for all of us.

There is absolutely no way they could not have heard us approaching from behind them, and at the very least should have moved into single file formation to the far right of the lane.
Time to get some louder pipes!

jk
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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Time to get some louder pipes!

jk
Trust me, they can't get much louder!

Fairly certain the cyclist were listening to earphones.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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They should also not be allowed to pass any cars that are stopped at a light. They should stop behind the last car in the lane that is stopped at a light. Let's say a bunch of cars had to pass the cyclist on a road and a mile later they hit a light. The cyclist ultimately catches up to them. The cyclist always passes the cars in line at the light and parks next to the first car at the light and waits (when they don't go through the light). Now, all those cars has to pass the cyclist again.
I understand what you are saying - practically there is a few problem for me. I have done it both ways. If I go ahead to the light, I can get a bit of a head start before the first car when the light turns green. This allows me to get some momentum and stability. The problem stopping in the middle of a line of cars behind the light is that I am bit unstable when I get started (I'm not an expert cyclist) and feel very unsafe getting going with cars right next to me.
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