Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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I used to ride bikes [Cannondale SR1000] for about 10 years - until gravity based experiment killed ankle.. In fact, it is where I met my wife. I rode on the road based on the normal laws of the road in Kentucky, California, N. Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and several other states and in Europe on a couple of endurance events. My best year I rode 8600 miles, all on public roads.
Sometimes we would ride in groups and sometimes by myself but the one constant was impatient drivers. It was amazing just how many did not understand that bicycles had the same rights [and responsibilities] to the road as they had. We would do training rides, never taking over our share of the road and always giving cars room to pass but it never failed that impatient drivers felt it was not fast enough. On three occasions I was intensionally brushed to "teach me a lesson".
Our solution was to get several of the State Police to ride with us. Not in uniform, just the same lycra and cotton outfits that everyone else was wearing. Not long afterwards, as patterns started to emerge drivers would find $750 reckless driving tickets associated with their impatience. After 250 of them in one summer, the problem went away.
Most of the time the problem between biker and driver is driver because the biker is acutely aware of the asshole factor [and now cellphone factor] of the 5000 pound adversary that it occupying the same highway. But the cyclist will not be going away. In fact, as gas goes up and Green becomes more focused, I would suspect that bikes will be on even more streets. And most obey the law because they know they can't win at a physics contest with an SUV.
Live with it.
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.