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Old 09-20-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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How do you deal with the biker going 10 miles an hour way out into the lane making him impossible to pass?

Bikers, what would you prefer drivers to do when you are slowing down traffic? Brush past you with a few inches of clearance? Just wait patiently until you turn off? Lay on the horn to let you know your too far out?
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I just lay on the horn and they usually move out of the way.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:40 PM
 
Location: MN
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I just lay on the horn
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I would never drive in the middle of a land if there is traffic around. i wouldn't honk or get too close, ive seen bicyclist get startled from a sudden car horn and almost loose control, i would wait untill the other lane is clear and go around, the cyclist will probably catch up to you at the next red light anyway so there is no point in attempting to kill him.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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First of all, sales tax pays for most city road construction, so everyone deserves fair access to them. It's also not legal to bike on the sidewalk in many cities, so the law in these places has identified the street as the appropriate place for cycling.

Secondly, and be honest, most people in cars don't expect seeing something as vulnerable as a biker on the road, which means they generally aren't as careful about driving as they should be. The amount of times I've been nearly hit by someone making a right turn, but not also looking to the right before turning is astounding. Most motorists, myself included, start the right turn before looking to the right.

Third, cycling in the middle of the lane is the safest place to be. You may think you'll blame a biker if you hit one while trying to pass, but believe me, that resolution isn't going to stand if you were to kill or seriously injure someone. You'll still be paying damages no matter how righteous you feel.

Lastly, many cities have a required passing distance, and usually what I've seen is 3 ft minimum. So "passing within inches" is clearly unsafe - and you probably don't need a law to tell you that. It's easy to get startled by a horn or hit an obstruction in the road while on a bike, which might cause a cyclist to swerve under a close car. I do know of 2 women who were killed by being startled when getting honked at, so it's not hypothetical.




On the other hand, I have seen bikers that do not obey traffic laws, and so they're taking their lives into their own hands with that. There are probably as many unruly car drivers as bikers, and I am not sure there is a remedy for that. While cycling, I always obey traffic laws, and the only times I have faced any kind of danger is from drivers with road rage. Driving a 2 ton vehicle and getting pissed off is not something to blame on someone else.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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Isn't it their right to use the whole lane if they need to?
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Isn't it their right to use the whole lane if they need to?
Yes.

But once a cyclist decides to ride as a road vehicle, he/she will need to follow all other rules of the road which includes stopping at signs and lights, yielding to pedestrians, riding with the flow of traffic.

We have had a rash of accidents in Orange County lately. Two deaths (one by a hit and run)

Here is a very good article regarding cyclists/motorists on sharing the road:

Deadly trend of a cyclist killed a month continues | cyclists, killed, year - Home - The Orange County Register

The best rules:
Be patient with drivers who are jerks. You're better than that.
Be patient with cyclists who are jerks. You're better than that.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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The best rules:
Be patient with drivers who are jerks. You're better than that.
Be patient with cyclists who are jerks. You're better than that.
Threads like this usually go on and on for pages upon pages. And yet if people would just follow the advice of this post, none of it would be necessary.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:26 PM
 
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Third, cycling in the middle of the lane is the safest place to be.
no, cycling somewhere that's not on the friggin highway is the safest place to be

around here it boggles my mind that people will ride their bikes on narrow 45mph two-lane roads.

i have some concern for my own safety, so its hard to understand what these people are thinking. They don't put "He had the right of way" on your tombstone.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Where you aren't
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Those ones that are on bicycles scare the h@ll out of me...I have seen these suicidal idiots on the tiny shoulders on 2 way highways that large vehicles going 55+mph speeds... Get some lights on those things! Oh and look out for yourself!
Stay off the busy tiny city streets too! If you can't keep up with the speed limit, GTFO!
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