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Old 11-15-2019, 10:34 PM
 
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I follow traffic laws on my bike as I would driving a motor vehicle. I do wish that Sacramento was more bike friendly.
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Old 11-16-2019, 05:17 AM
 
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I follow all the bike laws when I know there is cop around.

But seriously, I am like 99% of all the other bike riders all over the country than don't stop at stop signs and just ride through the intersection if clear, occasionally use the sidewalk, pull a fast one to get ahead, make that very short trip without the proper lighting if you don't have your proper lighting or vest with you.

I love the electric bikes and scooters because they are so convenient. You don't have to worry about maintaining a bike; you can pick-up a bike/scooter pretty much anywhere and leave it anywhere, you don't really have to worry about planning your trip; you don't have to lug around the bike/scooter on your car. I always park the thing properly making sure it is NOT blocking a sidewalk, street, disabled person's throughway, etc.

Sacramento is very bike friendly downtown/midtown, and get ready for 4 times the amount of dedicated/protected bike lanes coming soon in the next year. Several more, one-way streets are going to be converted to two-way streets as well.
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Buffalo/Utica NY
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I've found the bike/scooter infrastructure here to be top rate, although there is definitely room fod growth. Beats what's going on in Buffalo, N.Y., right now.
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:29 PM
 
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Sacramento has FINALLY decided to start enforcing the law for the rented scooters and bikes and "may" issue citations. It should be "will" issue citations, but it is a step in the right direction.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:00 AM
 
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Good these idiots on the rented scooters and rental bikes are the worst and a hazard even to me as a law abiding cyclist! I cannot tell you how many times I have had near head on collisions with these bozos.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Never, ever honk your horn at a bicyclist. Do you know how loud that thing is? People bicycling aren't surrounded by a metal cage. If the guy was bicycling "erratically," it's probably because the bike lane is full of debris, potholes, or is just too narrow (lots of bike lanes are striped too narrow).

Bicyclists are aggressive because DRIVERS MISTREAT THEM. They're constantly facing unwarranted horns, close passes, and obscenities yelled from belligerent F150 drivers.

Be nice to people bicycling, the same way you would people walking. Neither have the protection of a car.
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Old 11-23-2019, 12:11 AM
 
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Agree- the issue I have as a cyclist is people in cars who DON'T follow traffic laws, run stop signs and lights, on cell phones while driving not paying attention, rude and so forth. I stop and follow laws. Heck, I would end up dead or disabled if I did not pay attention with the madness in midtown and downtown drivers.
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Sounds like you were in the wrong there. If you can't safely pass, then don't pass. Of course the bicyclist I'm assuming was drunk since he was apparently having trouble riding in a straight line so not like he wasn't also in the wrong. I'm pretty aggressive. If for example there's a bunch of debris on the side of the road in the bike lane or illegally parked vehicles such that I'll have to keep popping in or out, I'll just take the entire lane. Much safer than weaving in and out.
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:53 PM
 
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I saved myself death today when I followed traffic rules and stopped at a stop sign today in midtown on my bike commute to work. A nutjob driver decided to blast at 50MPH through a stop sign and was not paying attention. No cops in sight unfortunately either.
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