Jay walkers

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.

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Why should cyclists have different rules?

According to streets blog,  changing the rules for cyclists won’t cause chaos.

  1. 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.

Madison man involved with bicycle collison charged with felonies

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 here here 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.

“Cyclist Appreciation day”

An article about Wisconsin’s santa cycle rampage over on http://www.bicycling.com, bike feds Schlabowske mentions “its kind of like bicyclist appreciation day.”  Let me tell you why that will never happen, it is because of bad bicyclists out there with arrogant smug attitudes that endanger themselves & demonize motorists.  We should celebrate trucker appreciation day, since they are the ones that deliver these bicycles.   Bicycles haven’t done anything significant to even come close to being appreciated.

Scanner report 11/19/2015

Scanner report of a school bus that hit someone this morning before 7:30am at N. 9th and Waldo Where ever Wilson JR high is.

If a bus driver can screw up and have something like this happen,  it can happen to anyone.  This proves we need some heavy duty education on the non-driver side.

Here is info from the local newspaper http://www.htrnews.com/story/news/local/2015/11/19/teen-seriously-injured-bus/76044312/

Driving culture is illogical….

If criticism offends you,  move along to another blog.  If you’re willing to look at what bicycling culture gets wrong,  stay & continue reading.

Driving culture is claimed to be illogical says bicycle advocate, all over someone questioning why someone would fathom riding a bicycle on a highway  county road that has a 55mph speed ( south bound )  ( 45mph traffic north bound ), with no paved shoulders.

The complete streets legislation that forces bicycle lanes, more then likely would exempt the road due to little to no use,  and of course the huge waste of money.

Here is the road in question with the 55mph sign,  for south bound traffic.

Screenshot from 2015-03-26 13:44:46

I did find a 45mph speed limit sign way north bound down the road.

Screenshot from 2015-03-30 09:21:42

Just to add from looking on google to see what the area looks like above, there is no way paved shoulders would even pay off.  https://www.google.com/maps/search/Co+Rd+A+Sheboygan,+WI+53081/@43.7380733,-87.7649041,755m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-US

Even they mention taking extra caution later in their blog post,  or consider not riding on that section of road.

Well how about not riding on it at all?  They want to advocate to the Sheboygan DOT to pave the shoulders of that road.  When I posted my comment on what they could do to help,  by removing my comment,  I have to assume my idea was disliked.

 I suggested the bicycle advocate should do this:  “I did a google street view on that road, lo and be hold I found a sign that said 55.
Speaking of illogical, the bicycle culture here in the united states seem to be illogically drawn to these
narrow roads that vehicles travel 55mph on.  “Instead of lobbying, wouldn’t it be smarter to donate the money to pave the shoulders instead?”

Do I really need to be riding a bicycle  to be taken seriously?  Where is the public relations with motorists to move bicycling forward?

They have all that lobbying money,  but don’t want to pay to pave  the sides of the roads they’re complaining about.  Classic bicyclist entitlement attitude,  where someone else has to foot the bill for something that will get little to no use.

What I find illogical in bicycle culture,  is riding a bicycle on a highway, riding on county roads, or any kind of roadway for that matter where motor vehicles are traveling at 35 mph up to 55mph or more.   Why are the bicycle advocates demonizing motorists that express concern for a bicyclists safety!?

Here is another classic scare tactic:  it is more polluted inside your vehicle.

Or else you can reduce ” insert health problem here ”  by getting out of that awful motor vehicle,  and on to a bicycle.

I see the above mentioned when motorists question bicyclists motives. Commenting or questioning a bicycle advocate usually results in the comment being removed,  because they want you to say “I love bicycles,” or just plain don’t want a motorist commenting in the first place,  because motorists/driving culture is illogical.

They don’t want to hear about your experiences, or what you see, or feel when you see someone on a bicycle riding endangering themselves ( those concerns are illogical ),  because it doesn’t mesh with their science, studies, and statistics.

Watch out for another excuse I see in bicycle advocate blogs,  “drivers do this a lot more” ( lopsided numbers don’t mean anything,  since comparing bicycles to cars is like comparing apples to tomatoes ) so that implies it is OK for bicyclists to break the law too ( even though they don’t come right out and say that ).

It is really the bicycle culture that is illogical,  not driving culture.