Originally Posted by mzsmbs
wow,, thinckness is prevelant on here as of late.. if you hit me, YOU are at fault.. no matter what your fucking excuse may be.. tell it to the judge when he is suspending your driving privelages.. bikes have right of way as do the peds. look it up in your state's DL book.. obviously you never read it or your memory is way short.
The laws, or rather the 'rules of the road', also say that you're supposed to follow the basic speed rule, which is to say that you should always pace those in front of you by not traveling too fast, and pace those behind you by not traveling too slow. You're supposed to stop at red lights. You're supposed to signal when you turn. You're supposed to yield right of way. You're supposed to stay on the marked road. If YOU'RE capable of following all of these rules, my friend, you are in a very very small minority.
The bottom line is that thse laws need to be changed - eliminated at worst, heavily modified to be localized where bikes and cars can safely share the road at best.
I rode a 12 speed about 10 miles a day or more when I was a kid. Everyone in my family owns a bike. None of us ride them on the streets. We ride them in our very lightly traveled neighborhood (on sidewalks if necessary and when safe), or we load them up and take them to bike trails in our town. If my only way to commute is via bicycle, I have bigger problems, but people who ride to work will typically be urbanites where the city streets are wide and with sidewalks. The people who cause the problems are those who take a leisurely 20mph pace on two-lane roads with 50mph speed limits, no shoulders, and few passing zones.
You sound like you'd rather be right than healthy or alive, which I find to be an absolutely idiotic point of view. Being "right" does not ease the pain of 40 broken bones when something happens to your bike, causing you to get run over by vehicles that cannot stop as fast as you just did. Your failure to exercise sound judgement should not be my problem. Like any liberty, you're free to exercise it as long as you do not endanger or impose upon another unnecessarily.