This past weekend was my first back-to-back rides of the season and as enjoyable as the temperatures were, it reminded me how little respect we get from some drivers.
Saturday morning, a woman driving a sedan hurled a few f-bombs out her window when my group didn’t clear the turning lane quickly enough to let her through. (A couple of the riders responded in kind – not advisable.)
About a hour later, a driver almost sped past us on the left as we were trying to make a left-hand turn.
On Sunday, a driver leaned on the horn and motioned that I belonged up on the sidewalk.
Truthfully, I also saw at least three instances of cyclists riding against traffic. I gave them my usual salute: “Looks like one of us is going the wrong way.”
So I guess it’s that time of year to brush up on the simple rules of the road:
— Cyclists are vehicles and deserve the rights and privileges of other vehicles. They ride with traffic, as opposed to walkers and runners, who are supposed to go against traffic.
— Cyclists must give turning signals like other vehicles and must observe traffic laws like stop lights, stops signs, yield signs, etc.
If you’re a rider and you aren’t following the law, don’t grouse when drivers don’t do so, either.
Spring is here.
So, c’mon, folks, can’t we all just get along?