Out on Waldo Blvd in Manitowoc, Just before 8pm 12/19/2015 I encountered a bicyclist that was in the lane of travel which is really stupid to even try that when it is dark. However my problem is that it appeared that the bicycle had no visible rear lights to make it visible to other drivers as it went down a side street! Bicyclist self endangerment is the very reason why I don’t support a vulnerable user law here in Wisconsin, it would more then likely cast the blame on to the driver if fault can not be proven.
I should have called it in, but with no damn license plate on the bicycle it is very difficult to track down the idiot endangering them self on their bicycle.
This proves we need to have some kind of system like testing, and licensing and all that if these dumb fools can’t and won’t take any steps to ensure their own damn safety!
According to streets blog, changing the rules for cyclists won’t cause chaos.
They say they need to conserve momentum. Well when I rode my bicycle when I was younger I had no problem getting moving again. Why are bicyclists such wimps?
So lets use the bicyclist excuse for motor vehicles and say the same. To save the planet from using too much oil ( and to keep scary carbon emissions down ) and keep momentum because the engine uses more gas to get back up to speed.
2. Just let bicycles go through intersections.
The problem with that idea is that you have those bicyclists that ride in a way that is already dangerous. Some driver that isn’t at fault is going to end up colliding with said bicyclist, then that motorist will be shamed & blamed by the bicycle advocates. So really I am against this idea.
3. Bicycles move at slow speeds.
Apparently that some how equates to not having to abide by motor vehicle laws & rules. Remember bicyclists you wanted the same rights to the road, now you can follow the same rules & laws! Stop trying to loop hole your way out of them constantly.
A few blog posts from the Wisconsin bike fed about a motorist involved with running a couple of bicyclists off the road, you can find them herehere and the police report here which sheds more light on things.
When I found out the type of road and area the bicyclists were on, I was not too impressed with the bicyclists. The only speed limit sign I could find was going away from the fitchburg road and adams road intersection was a 50mph sign. Considering Madison is such pro bicycle and more then likely has tons and tons of available bicycle infrastructure, these lance armstrong types refuse to use it. It is time to prohibit bicycles on these types of road ways to save them from themselves, as riding a bicycle on a highway, rural road, county road, or anywhere where the speed limit is above 25mph is self endangerment, and reckless.
Don’t get me wrong here, the driver was clearly in the wrong, however, I have crossed paths with these types of bicyclists in the past, they’re very arrogant and they have think they own these rural roads because of the very low traffic on them. Also according to the police report the bicyclists said “fuck you” and flipped the driver off, which is very believable, because I have been told the same from a elite level bicyclist on rural road too.
This mindset that bicyclists have special rights & more privileges is bad policy. If a bicycle is considered the same as a motor vehicle, bicycles therefore do not have special rights & privileges. But yet the bicycle advocates/lobby/coalition continue to try to teach motorists of their duty to share the road, how about instead of bicyclists trying to educate motorists, how about bicyclists take pointers from motorists for once!?
If you want to ride safely & in harmony with motor vehicles on your bicycles, stay on the 25mph road ways in the city limits as there has been too many tragedies on the road ways outside of the city limits.
As always, do not ever engage, intimidate, or confront a bicyclist. If you are driving in a bicycle heavy area you need to protect yourself with a dashcam, or video camera, or there maybe a dashboard or windshield mount for your phone that has a video camera built in. That way if you have an issue with a bicyclist creating problems you have proof, but unfortunately that pesky double standard where bicycles have no license plates present a problem, the video will prove that bicyclists do cause problems and are a danger to themselves.
My search on places where bicycles are banned, there are very little if any places where bicycles are banned.
However what does come up doesn’t surprise me.
On the yahoo search, the 6th one says “List of car free places” so that would suggest that bicycles are seemingly allowed nearly everywhere, no where is sacred from a bicycle it would seem.
Now clicking on that link where it says “list of car free places” It has a world wide list of where motor vehicles aren’t allowed, but yet when there is talk of prohibiting bicycles from certain roads the bicyclists and advocate groups are screaming, and throwing a fit.
When there is a bicycle tragedy, that person is used as a martyr for the bicycle advocates to advance their war on cars/driving legislation. They will have these families come in, and dramatize to senate assembly members, and other politicians to advance their legislation.
Here is how to stay safe while bicycling: Don’t ride your bicycle on highways/rural roads, or any road that has a speed limit above 25mph, or ride outside city limits. Always have lights on your bicycle when riding at night. Stop at stop signs, and traffic lights.
Don’t demand respect, respect is earned.
Saying stupid stuff like “I pay more taxes” just makes people scrutinize the bicycling culture more, and you just get more push back ( like what happened with the vulnerable user law in Wisconsin ). Just because you pay for a license renewal and have to register your vehicle, doesn’t grant bicyclists special rights & privileges. Sell your motor vehicle, and quit complaining!!
I have recently found out, that motorists have to worry about bicyclists under the influence of alcohol, guess what, they play the “bicycle ain’t a vehicle” card to shirk responsibility. So what was that about the scales of justice?
In actuality, bicycles should be fully classified as a vehicle, and follow the EXACT set of laws & rules motorists have to follow. It is time to close the loopholes and require license plates for bicycles, and enforce the laws fully for bicyclists.