I caught a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk in downtown Manitowoc, Wisconsin, which was clearly marked as no bicycles allowed on sidewalk according to the symbol on the sidewalk. How does one miss that no bicycles allowed symbol? Here are the cities bicycle regulations.
I blame this on educating the motor vehicle driver only system. Every time something bad happens to someone on a bicycle, emotions take over at these bicycle advocates and it filters down to the people following them, often causing people/investigators to jump to conclusions.
Which in turn the cities/towns often start attack driving instead of thinking logically. All that emotional thinking that makes people react irrationally, and usually the results end up exactly the same every time which ends with an injury or even worse a fatality.
However what I have seen the bike fed post about it, is biased, and blames the motorist completely without questioning the negligence of the bicyclist riding in the lane of travel on a 55mph highway.
I am reminded of a blog post I made in march of 2015, it is similar to this case ( except without a hill ) but on a road where it was 45mph, or 55mph depending on the direction.
I posted on the Wisconsin bike federations facebook page about emoting, and not thinking rationally, and all that. They didn’t seem to dispute most of it, but tried to swing me in to believing that a bicyclist should has a right to ride a bicycle in the lane of travel on a highway that is 55mph ( of course that isn’t in exact words as the comments were pulled, so it is hearsay now ), and that motorists should expect to encounter a bicyclist!! It is absolutely negligent ( and of course it is considered self endangerment & irresponsible & stupid to ride bicycles on highways ) to ride a bicycle in the lane of travel on any highway, no matter how little traffic there is, it doesn’t matter if you have the same rights as a motor vehicle, try to use common sense to keep your self safe instead of shifting the burden of responsibility on to the motorist.
Unfortunately they decided they didn’t want to debate anymore, and pulled my comments & blocked me since I didn’t see a comment box. It appears that Bicycle advocates can’t stand to be questioned or criticized.
Any ways back on topic, I almost forgot to mention that the bicyclist got hit as the motorist crested the hill. I drove around last weekend with my video camera on my dash board and encountered some pretty hilly roads that you can’t see anything until you reach the very top.
The video below should discredit any bicycle advocate, since stopping distance would take a while.
Edit: 3/5/16 I forgot to add inattentive driving is blamed, which I already had videos up to show what rural driving looks like & going up & over hilly roads looks like.
I also forgot to add a link to the bike feds blog post, so that is now added.
I was down in Two Rivers, Wisconsin for a while today, and today I witnessed some dumb-ass ( sorry no other way to put it ) pedestrian jaywalk in front of another driver over on forest ave near 22nd st. I blame state, and local governments for not educating anyone except drivers for this problem.
What makes a person walk out in front of a moving vehicle that may not be able to stop in time is incomprehensible. However it is clear that state right of way laws make people stupid!
On the Wisconsin department of transportation website, it has pointers for pedestrians, I wish they would educate pedestrians on this.
Yield to drivers if you are not in a cross walk, or intersection. Or where you don’t have a walk or green signal.
Oh another thing, don’t expect drivers to see you in the dark either. Always look both ways before crossing, I do and no one has hit me. Same thing when people are backing out of a drive way, they may not see you. When I walk at night I choose to wait until they have backed out as I use common sense when I go out for a walk.
I was out for an evening walk Wednesday evening, and a bicyclist went past with no lights on. As the bicyclist went up the road he decided to ride his bicycle on the far left side of the road way which would be the wrong side of the road if you were in a motor vehicle, but yet when I see bicyclists ride however they want with impunity the less I support any legislation or any bicycle infrastructure. Bad bicyclists are the reason why there is a push back against bicycle lanes and other bicycle infrastructure. Recently in Manitowoc back in September I believe, there was a group ride to “educate drivers” when bicyclists are the ones that clearly need to be educated.
Just a few minutes ago before 7pm, I heard over the police scanner a driver complaining of almost hitting a bicyclist in the area of new york ave and 8th st, due to no lights and wearing dark clothes. Of course the Wisconsin bike fed would tell you that bicyclists break the law less then motorists, however bicyclists sure as hell seem to endanger themselves more.
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.