DeBlog: Bicyclists Vs. Cars

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Wednesday night’s Good Question dealt with the rules of the road when it comes to bikes.

The city of Minneapolis has a great write-up that explains the laws. It’s pretty simple, really: Bikes belong on the road, cars need to treat bikes like another vehicle and everyone should signal their intentions.

But many bicyclists don’t stop at red lights. They don’t signal their intentions.

Many car drivers also do the same thing. But on a percentage basis, I’d argue that a much smaller percentage of cars run red lights.

What do you think? Share your stories here.

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  • Power to The Peddle

    Unless I blinked and missed it, there was no mention that bicycles must ride with traffic, not against it. I used to be an avid bike rider, and still do occasionally.

  • Missy

    I think for all the money that has been spent on bike paths, bikers should use those instead of roads. If the road has no shoulder the bikers have no business on them. Cars are for the roads not bikers. I live in the west of the cities and get sick and tires of the bikers not following the rules, riding in the middle of lanes, and the city of Medina and Loretto have spent a good deal of money paving and making bike paths which the majority of the bikers are not using. It gets very frustrating.

    • Power to The Peddle

      Missy, I get tired of drivers who don’t obey traffic rules, like not knowing how to merge onto freeways, and making lefthand turns from the righthand lane.
      drivers should be retested every ten years.

    • Assfault Olson

      Dear Friend Missy– I live in the’burbs and bike 20 miles/day everyday that it isn’t raining. I have had occasion to use a few of the many miles of walking paths and sidewalks in our town when road construction or some other obstacle blocks my usual route. I can tell you from personal experience that the paths you mention are maddingly unsuitable for cyclists because of many factors. I have had many near misses with people walking because they are talking with someone, wearing an iPod or talking/texting on a cel (like the drivers we all fear) or just won’t yield even though you may call out which side you may be passing on. In fact calling out “On your left” usually causes the ped to turn to so who said that and as a result step right in your path. Then there’s the person walking their dog who doesn’t hear you (but the dog does and waits to ambush) or had one of those 20′ retractable thingy’s the often results in a detour long around on the grass (if there is any). The people who swear or scream because suddently, silently, you just whooshed by them at 15 MPH and they did not hear you comming because of reasons stated above. And 1 person can take up the entire path if they are big enough, waving their arms or walking a “drunkards path.”

      Unless one bikes at a speed not much faster than walking, these paths are not a good mix for peds AND bikes. Luckily my usual route sports a wide paved shoulder and involves all right turns but for one left at a low-use intersection. Most aren’t that lucky. I have found the drivers here to be by and large good sorts and polite. I just wish they’d stop throughing their booze/beer bottles out the window–glass on the shoulder is a drag.

      • Qwerty

        So you want exclusive rights to use the roads and the paths? Cyclists are the most entitled people, I swear. But I hear where you are coming from; the next time my 9- months pregnant self needs to get some low impact exercise I will make sure to walk in the dirt so as not to disturb you in any way.

        • Les Johnson

          Sounds like you feel entitled to take up the whole path because you got knocked up and are huge. That’s your cross to bear.

      • Jim

        I feel you “Olson” Unless one drives at a speed not much faster than slow bicycle , these streets are not a good mix for cars AND bikes. Luckily my usual route sports a wide paved shoulder and involves all right turns but for one left at a low-use intersection. Most aren’t that lucky. I have found the riders here to be by and large good sorts and polite. I just wish they’d stop throwing their booze/beer bottles off their bikes –glass on the roadway is a drag.

      • Dave

        Amen. You’re forgetting the most obvious though – Try riding a road bike at 20 mph on a sidewalk that runs parallel to a road anywhere in the burbs. Not only is it barely wide enough for 1 person, but its extremely bumpy (especially on a road bike) but most important of all, you have to slow to almost a stop at EVERY SINGLE intersecting road because drivers usually pull out and stop way past the stop sign. If you ride on the road you never have to slow down once, its a no brainer. It might be different if you are on a cruiser bike towing a burly going 4 mph.

    • Tim D


      A large part of bikers using the trails and sidewalks is this, at least in my opinion. Drivers, again, need to be aware of where they are. Riding on the paths is NOT safe for a biker if the car traffic continually pulls into the path of the trails, or pulls 1/2 way into a stop sign (MN rules are 10′ BEHIND the stop sign, or were when I passed with flying colors) I’ll admit I’ve cleated a few quarter panels of drivers who have stopped in my path, or otherwise, been very unaware that there are others on the road.

      Roads are for bikers just the same unless otherwise stated. I use turn lanes when making left turns and going thru intersections. Why? Because the same drivers that stop in the middle of the path/trails, also will turn into you, or otherwise be oblivious that you are trying to cross the road.

      To Jason’s point, we (bikers) are also required to use signals and visually communicate our intentions since we don’t have lights/signals, and I will agree many riders do not signal as they should, which is also true for many drivers of cars.

      In the end, it’s literally a two way street. We all need to be aware of others on the road, if they are cyclists, or motorists.

      • SnowFire

        Tim D – “…cleated a few…” so you take the law into your own hands – not acceptable – you are part of the problem not the solution! You deserve 3 moving violation tickets, increased car insurance rates, suspended license and your bicycle impounded (hate crime?). Beyond the rant… what you describe seems to indicate both sides of the issue are trying to communicate dislike for the system as it is. Read my comments: June 9, 2011 at 11:06 am.

    • Patrick

      Minnesota Bicycling law gives cyclists the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. This means that you have the freedom to ride on all streets, except for those which prohibit cyclists. In Minneapolis, prohibited streets include the limited access freeway system (such as I-94, I-35W, I-394, MN 62). – From city website.

    • John Delebo

      If you ride on a bike path, you have a speed limit of 10 mph in Mpls. If I want to ride downtown, I have no choice to but to be on the road. As long as motorists and bicyclists obey traffic laws, everyone is safe…

    • SnowFire

      I live in the same area and agree 100%!

  • Really?

    If the road has no shoulder or bike lane and there is no other option of another road to take to get to my destination, what do you suggest I do? Stop and carry my bike?
    Think about it.

    • tom

      would be a good idea

      • Dave

        Tom didn’t stop and think about it. What a tool. Try riding from Burnsville to Shakopee for example. There is a grand total of 1 road to ride on that is halfway safe, and that is 185th street, and even then the shoulder runs out in Prior Lake. The roads IN Shakopee are awful, sometimes you just don’t have a choice, especially out in the sticks.

        • SnowFire

          tom and Really – if you are riding for anything other than required transportation – your ONLY means, then maybe it is worth the risk – your choice. I drive the area Missy is talking about and it sounds like she is referring to the bikes that choose not to ride on the bike paths instead ride on the roads. The main road is one that goes around Baker park (now 3 rivers) with no shoulders, hilly and curvy. The riders are not riding for required transportation therefore it should be illegal. Ticket them and put the money into the trail system.

          • SnowFire

            sorry (tom) – Really and Dave

  • Marc

    Jason, please explain where you get your empirical evidence for a higher percentage of cyclists disobeying laws. Oh, it doesn’t exist? Because you have an inherent bias? Really?

    Perhaps something should be weighted here. When a cyclist rolls a stop sign or disobeys a red light, they are putting themselves at great risk as they are not surrounded by a large amount of metal. As a cyclist, I will often cross against a red light when there is no crossing traffic because it is safer for me to be in front of the traffic traveling in the same direction where I can be seen rather than having to start at a huge torque disadvantage and be forgotten by the motorists rather quickly.

    I invite you to ride with me on my daily (bicycle) commute and afterward ask who is the more contentious user of Minneapolis city streets. As a cyclist, I have to consider every single one of my actions and how it will be interpreted/reacted to/allow me to react to the motorized traffic around me. Tell me that a motorist has to consider all of that as heavily on their daily drive.

    • tom

      hope you get a ticket for going thru the red light

    • Jason DeRusha

      Marc- I have no evidence to support that claim. But: There are far more cars on the roads than bikes. The percentage of drivers running a red light is relatively small. Just yesterday while we were shooting video downtown, I’d say 40% of the bikers ran a red light. Knowing that that isolated experience is certainly in no way representative of the big picture – I’m taking that 40%, dropping it to 2%, and saying that’s still higher than the percentage of cars that do it.

      That said – there’s a reason I said that most car/bike crashes are caused by cars in the story. Running red lights/stop signs on a bike isn’t the most dangerous activity that happens out there.

      • Jason DeRusha

        Plus- to argue that you run red lights because you think it’s safer for you is absurd. You wouldn’t do that in a car.

        • John Delebo

          Jason – while you were watching cyclists blow through lights, did you also watch peds walk against the light or count cars slipping through red lights? Need to provide scientific evidence or surveys not conjecture when making blanket statements.

          • Jason DeRusha

            John – are you kidding me? Are you really arguing that a lower percentage of bikes run red lights than cars? There are so few bikes out there, relatively speaking — the statement that a higher percentage of bikers run red lights than cars do is highly non-controversial.

            Also, this is a blog. i didn’t say that in my news story. I think I can share my personal opinion based on observation here. If you were being honest, I doubt you’d disagree.

            • John Delebo

              Jason – I never kid,,,,,,another phenomenon to consider is how many cars blow through crosswalks? At my wife’s church on Portland Ave, there is a crosswalk with a blinking light, activated by pushing a button. I have witnessed most cars blowing through the crosswalk, even with people half way across the street. I also see a biker was seriously injured on 28th street in a crosswalk,, coming off the Greenway bike path……. Do us a favor. Do a report of cars going through reds vs bikes in various areas of the metro….

    • Abby

      When you run a red light, you are putting more than yourself in danger!! That is a very selfish attitude to take, as cars (that you may NOT have seen) may need to swerve or stop suddenly to avoid your idiotic self, putting their lives and others in danger.

      I also wonder if you were to get hit, would you try to file a claim against the driver’s insurance or would you (rightfully) file under your own health insurance

      • pants

        totally agree abby, well said. and tom you are cracking me up haha. I cant stand when bikers are in the road, it slows down traffic and will cause more accidents. And from what people are saying on here, you bikers are running red lights?? you are giving yourself reasons why bikers should not be aloud on the road, idiots. And Medina and Loretto is HORRIBLE with bikers even if there is a shoulder they ride right on the line and road! And why do you guys have to ride in a herd? are you migrating? what if someone lost control you all would go down, i actually am waiting to see that happen. Im a biker I go on bike paths, thats why they are called bike paths, and if someone gets in your way well think of it as thats you to the people driving.

        • John Delebo

          So Pants, are you the one who ran me off of Minnehaha Pwky because I was riding on the street at 20 mph and not on the 10 mph bike path, because you “can’t stand bikers” when they are on YOUR road? Or were you the one who threw a can of Coke at me and cursed at me for riding on the road? I follow the laws, ride alone, stay on the far right and you and your ilk take your anger out on me????

  • Dylan

    City and State bike paths to me are meant for recreational activities and are in no way elaborate enough to get you everywhere you need to be. Inevitably you have to use the road system at some point.

    The blame can be shared by both groups in that cars feel entitled and don’t want to be unconvinced by slower bikes, and bikers disdain car drivers because of lack of mutual respect.

    As far as the biker running red lights comment, I believe this is the same for pedestrian traffic in that pedestrian’s will crosswalk or fail to wait for the white man to light up. The only difference with bikers is that they are able to bridge the intersection gap quicker and therefore be successful more often in crossing that intersection.

  • Marc

    In your video story, you managed to bury the lead regarding who is most responsible for car/bicycle crashes. This was the biggest piece of empirical evidence you had and you used it as an aside at the end of the piece. That’s just irresponsible journalism. Really, Jason? All you would have needed to do is hit twitter to interview some of the more dedicated cyclists in the TC, but you chose the cliched “man on the street” interview and the “certified professional.” Neither of these people are necessarily representative of the average person who rides to work nearly every day.

    • Jason DeRusha

      I’d say calling it “irresponsible journalism” is overstating things. The story was: What are the rules of the road for bikes? The crash data is certainly not the lead to that story.

      I can’t imagine you’d ever be satisfied. This story was incredibly balanced, repeatedly pointed out the responsibility of drivers, included 4 cyclists – 2 of which were trainers/professional. Come on.

  • Jenny

    I can’t tell you the number of bicyclists I see running red lights, not signaling their turns or being completely inattentive to the cars on the road. This isn’t to say that the drivers of cars aren’t breaking laws as well, but I honestly can’t tell you the last time I saw a car run a red light.

    I can tell you however the last time I saw a car turn onto the light-rail tracks.

    I think in general both the bikers and drivers need to pay more attention to each other.

    @Dylan – Pedestrians jaywalking or crossing against the walk sign should be a whole separate Good Question. What are the true laws surrounding pedestrians? Am I “running the light” if I cross when the Don’t Walk is lit?

    • KJ

      Go to the intersection of Central and Hennepin in Northeast Minneapolis and wait for about 10 minutes and you will see a car run a red light. Of course, this is because that intersection is a flustercluck and cars can’t tell which light is meant for them, but cars run red lights–and they do it a LOT at this intersection.

  • tuna-free dolphin

    Hey cyclists, don’t forget about the laws of physics. Mass and inertia (my Grand Cherokee at 55) always wins out over 175 lbs at 8 mph. No matter what law man shall write, thou shalt surely obey that law. Amen. My advice to cyclists is not to try to defy the laws of physics to prove a point.

    • tuna-free dolphin free

      Vehicular homocide carries a pretty hefty sentence, tuna-free dolphin. To bad you didn’t write your real name- maybe we could use it to show premeditation when you mow someone down with your car to prove a point.

  • Tom Turglington

    People who ride bicycles just don’t have the sense to buy a car. They are living in a fantasy world. They are an absolute drain on society, generally expecting much while contributing little. Also, they are a financial drain in that they expect paved paths to ride on, and funding these silly projects is completely devastating our economy (that bicyclists are so needy). The only good about bicycles, is that they occasionally provide passers-by with a hilarious crash to laugh at.

    • Marc

      Not very funny troll is attempting to be funny.

      • Jeff

        I thought it was hilarious, although he could have added a line or two about the morons that wear the little skin tight fruit loop colored outfits.

        • Ben

          Don’t feed the trolls. If you starve them for attention, they’ll die.

        • pants

          i’m laughing :)

    • Power to The Peddle

      Tom Turglington,
      A good cyclist won’t use a bike path because they slow them down.
      I used to work near WCCO years ago, and lived near the Lake Street Bridge.
      It would take me about twenty minutes to get home on my bicycle, and I would beat my neighbor who worked at the same place, and had a car waiting to pick her up.

      • Jim

        Can I ask what month you did this scientific study in? November – March? Didn’t think so.

      • tom

        but she road in comfort

    • Molly

      Head over heels into an open car door is always a gut buster!!!

  • Paul Solinger

    This article is perfect timing for me. I was driving by Lake Calhoun just this evening and saw bicyclists crossing the street in front of cars with no thought given to the fact that the car is bigger then they are. They were certainly not following the rules of the road. Sure I’ll stop when a bicyclist crosses in front of me, but the next guy might not.

    • Power to The Peddle

      The same argument can be said of pedestrians, but even tho the law requires a motorist to stop, frequently they don’t.

  • George

    90% of bikers are self absorbed jerks!! They are probably the agressive, tailgaiting crowd as well. They suck!!

    • tom


    • Power to The Peddle

      I’d be surprised if you have met more than 10% of the bikers in the Twin Cities.

      • George

        The sampling comes from the aholes that ride in Elm Creek Parkway! Come to the park someday and see for yourself. Walk it sometime. I think you will agree!

    • Dave

      Lol you must be that narrow minded d-bag that feels the NEED to roll down the window and honk and swear at me while Im riding on the shoulder minding my business, to which I reply with a smirk and overly excited wave, as if you were my friend honking and waving at me : ) I hope you die of a heart attack soon, fatty

      • Jim

        Hey Dave-your reply is proof positive that most bikers are jerks!!

  • Patrick Stephenson

    How many cyclists do you see fiddling with their phones as they ride? None. Nearly every driver I see on the road lately is texting, dialing, talking. I’m an extremely attentive and cautious cyclist, and I’m tired of blame being placed on us for accidents by the public because of a few red light running bad apples. Get off your phone and pay attention to the road.

  • Cathy

    If bicycles “belong on the road”, then the same rules should apply for them, as they do for cars. First they must pass a cyclist exam (written and road test). Obey the speed limit, wear a seat belt, have a cyclist driver’s license and plates, purchase insurance, and carry their registration card at all times.

    • Josh

      I think that is a great idea. Perhaps not necessary while riding on off-street trails? But if a rider is on the road, they definitely should carry insurance. The same road-rules do apply to bikes but the problem is that there is absolutely zero enforcement which encourages many cyclists to abuse their position.

      • Power to The Peddle

        My Son was stopped, years ago, in Columbia Heights for riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the street, and was required to take a bicycle training class. I don’t know if they still do that, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea statewide.
        Most of the bicycle riders that I observe breaking the law are the amateurs that ride ounce in a blue moon, and aren’t wearing a helmet.

        • Josh

          That is good to hear. I agree with the second part of that. There are certainly responsible bike riders (as I try to be when I’m not driving) and it is too bad that the abusive ones overshadow the rest.

          When I am driving and am accosted by a bike rider (who usually are breaking the law as they are giving me the finger etc) I constantly have to bite my tongue from telling them that they give the rest of us riders a bad reputation.

        • Darren

          My bike is licensed, I took a course back in elementary school the the local police department put on. And I am insured, I do wear a helmet and pads if needed. I obey the laws of the road. I stop at all stop signs, I use my arms to signal my direction. Not once have I been run into by another person on a bike, but i have been hit by 3 cars the past 10 years all taking right turns on a green light even though I was in the bike lane going straight. I do not use a cell phone or any type of ear piece so I can hear my surroundings.

          • Jim


            You constantly defend all bikers as if they are yourself. If you think “most” people on bikes follow the laws come to st. paul south of I94.

      • Kosh

        The only place the same rules apply to cyclists as cars is in your head. Read up on the laws before you shoot your mouth off.

    • tom


  • Josh

    I completely disagree with Patrick. Lots of bikers use their phones to play music while riding and subsequently manipulate the device while riding. Heck, I do it sometimes when I’m riding my bike.

    As a driver, I am totally ok with sharing the road with bikers as long as they follow the laws of the road. Unfortunately, it seems that the majority to not. I’m ok with them running a red light if they treat it as a stop sign and there is no traffic, but I am not ok with them swerving between cars in traffic assuming that if (when) they get hit it will result in them winning a lawsuit.

    I have never seen a bicyclist get ticketed even if they blatantly break the law directly in front of a police officer. I also have to agree with the observed attitude presented by many bikers (but certainly not all). It is hard to respect someone who acts childish and expects protection from the law while not following it.

  • Randall

    everyone contributes but the worst offenders are the bikes. they demand to use the road and don’t follow the rules and cut pedestrians off in intersections and still use the sidewalk nearly running you off the thing!

  • jackienews

    Some people just hate having bicyclist on the road and will “rush” a bicyclist just to “teach him a lesson” – Bicycling is a difficult activity and fatigue sets in – should a bicyclist be punished just for being on the road? A driver of a car has a huge advantage, and needs to be more aware of the vulnerability of a bicyclist, not be resentful that the bicyclist is sharing the road and “cramping his style”.

    • Power to The Peddle

      I had a woman who stopped at a stop sign, and waited until I was within twenty feet of the intersection and then pulled out in front of me. I had the feeling something was about to happen when she sat there that long, I was ready with my hands on the brakes. There was no doubt in my mind that she did it on purpose.

      • Les Johnson

        Didn’t you have a stop sign too then?

        • Power to The Peddle

          Les Johnson,
          I was on Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul, she had a stop sign, I did not.

  • Elaine

    I’m sure there are responsible cyclists out there, but the only ones I notice are the ones that try hard to get run over. The darn bikers zip across traffic without notice, run red lights, ride against traffic, ride out in the middle of the road, and ride after dark without any lights at all. I think it’s a miracle that I haven’t run over one of these idiots yet; they act like they have a death wish.

    • Josh

      I am also amazed at how many cyclists ride at night in dark clothing with absolutely zero lights. Not all of course (I don’t bike if mine aren’t working, even if its not dark yet because it may be later).

    • tom

      if you ride a bike in traffic then you do have a death wish, 2 tons of car does alot of damage to the boke and body

  • Duster

    I bike sometimes and drive sometimes. I get annoyed at fellow drivers and bikers once in a while. (I heard of this annual event that some friends do, at which they try to finish fifteen boxes of wine, and then go out biking, hoping to avoid getting hit by a car. -___- I wish there was some way to tell all the bikers and all the drivers to do their thing more carefully, just all at once, but unfortunately there isn’t. Probably a way to tell a lot of them, some public service announcements or awareness poster campaigns. Please don’t be an aggressive driver and make general assumptions about all bikers! Please be a biker with common sense! Please consider not letting your emotions get the better of you, and thinking about all sides of the issue (I’m kind of going on a tangent, but I notice this could be useful advice to many people who comment on these articles, and they know who they are). If you can tell me something wrong with thinking of all sides of something, I’d like to hear it.

    • Duster

      *that event that I mentioned involving the wine was a tangent, but just something I heard some people do, not people that I personally know do, and which I think is the absolute stupidest thing I could imagine doing.

    • tom

      bikers are like liberals, they think they are entitled

      • to tom troll

        Careful troll, I think you’re confusing liberals (who work towards the betterment of society) with conservatives (who work towards the betterment of their bank statement).

        • pants

          hey charlie sheen everyone!!! haha @ to tom troll

    • Jason DeRusha

      Thanks Duster. I’m with you. It’s funny that so many people on the bike and the car side of things are so passionate that the other side is wrong. WE ALL ARE TERRIBLE! Drivers don’t pay attention, they’re texting, talking, eating, etc. Bikers break all the traffic laws – and then rail against the horrible drivers. Everyone needs to get their act together. That’s kind of what we were saying here.


    I was riding my bike home from work one morning, I work the overnight shift and all of the other people riding bikes, walking their dogs or just outside were so nice to me and each other, a wave, a good morning was said. Then the next day i drove home from work and I got honked at 2 times, and once given the finger. I give my vote to the people on their bikes who show manners and Minnesota Nice anyday over those in cars.

  • Cathy

    My ‘gripe’ are the ones that look as if they are ‘professional cyclists’ pretending they are cars, clearly riding for exercize, on main streets. Sometimes in ‘packs’. Can’t critisize the ones that do not have ‘cars’. They are polite.

  • Jared

    Let’s not jump to generalizations about motorists and bicyclists. Transportation methods and laws are very cultural. When automobiles were new on streets there were growing pains just like any other trend throughout history. Regardless, the recent rise in cycling is great news; for the health of ourselves and the livability of our cities!

    For those who think that roads are only for cars, take a look at the history of urban transportation. These are public right of ways for all types of transportation, and streets have been around longer than cars have existed. Streets especially are more paid with property taxes; not automobile registration fees and gas taxes. We all still pay, whether we drive a car, walk, take the bus, ride a bike, etc. We don’t charge user fees for sidewalks or crosswalks; these are inherent needs associated with the risks imposed by modern automobiles. In my opinion, the same applies to those who ride a bicycle. Automobiles cause the most damage in an accident, the most damage to air and water quality, the most wear and tear on our roadways, and so on.

    Bicycles, pedestrians, and even horse drawn carriages were on streets before cars were even invented. Let’s not make this a “bicyclists vs. cars” war. This isn’t Wrestlemania. This is regular people using infrastructure everyday; just in different ways. And even though there are cultural growing pains (cyclists running red lights, drivers not passing with enough room, etc.) let’s be considerate of each other and learn to treat everyone with respect.

    • Bum Back

      time to nap Jared…3:00am huh

      • Jared

        Prime time for reading the news!

    • velo Mel

      Well said.

  • Ann Marie Caliguire

    Bikes and cars don’t mix. I have had several close calls with bikers running red lights- if you’re going to drive in traffic why aren’t you required to have the same liability insurance as car drivers? Rules of the road should apply to everyone.

  • Mark from Plymouth

    Dead on Ann – require the same registration fees, insurance as in No Fault, and laws be applied as to a motorcycle or car.
    It gets old and very frustrating to be cut off by weaving riders who ride 2-3-4 across one moment then drop into a single file race ….. pedestrians, stoplights, vehicles be damned ….. here I come and make room sucker.
    I rode for years but OBEYED the laws, paid heed and granted a right of way to a truck, bus, whatever …… the mentality of bikers today is different and crazy.
    Maybe more need to go splat to wake people up. I dunno …. this is now insane

  • Larry A

    All I can say is bikes bend the rules by a wide margin And thats a fact end of story

    • Jason

      Then how do you explain the motorist that did an illegal U turn and struck me down last Tuesday?! I was not bending the rules, he was and that is a fact.

      There is room on the road for both cars and bikes but we all need to be aware of our surroundings and respect other users. Please SHARE THE ROAD.

  • Angus

    I ama paranoid biker and think every car is out to get me. It is safer with that attitude. Twice in the last 2 years I have had cars going in the same direction as I am riding and then make a right turn in front of me and nearly putting me in a hospital. Too many times drivers do not see bikes, they are looking only for cars. And older drivers like to drive to the extreme right, precisely where the bike is traveling.
    Saying that, I wish police would enforce traffic laws against bikes who break the law, I wish there were mandatory classes for bikers, and I wish drivers would respect bikers. It is a two way street but too many people still regard bikes as “toys” for children.
    Bikers: remember you have three rights:
    Traffic RIghts
    Last Rites
    Dead Right

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