Two Wheelin’ Fools

Crosswalksm.jpgBikes on the college campus annoy the crap out of me. And I don’t mean motorcycles, I mean legcycles.

Here’s why.

Bikes do not belong on the sidewalk or in other pedestrian areas. You know, WHERE PEOPLE ARE WALKING.

There I said it. Flame away you pedaling namby pambies!

Yet the bike riders zoom around on sidewalks and near about run people over. I don’t think they should be on the sideWALK to begin with and certainly not if they can’t pilot their vehicle well enough to avoid clipping people with their handlebars. I did see one bicycler start to lose control of his bike, swerve to avoid hitting a pedestrian and then crash awesomely. And lo, I did laugh. (He wasn’t hurt).

What really burns my biscuits is when they jet through a crosswalk and expect the cars to stop for them. The crossWALK is for WALKERS. People on foot. I will stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk everytime but I ain’t brakin’ for no fool on a two wheeler. Half the time they are moving too fast for me to react anyway. Hey hey hey, don’t think just ’cause you in the crosswalk mean you is right. I stop for pedestrians and for things bigger than me. A bicycler is neither of those.

I think bikes belong on the road. How many times have I heard the lycra-clad masses whine “Same road, same rules” to the car driving folk? A LOT. They want car drivers to recognize them as legitimate road sharers. Yet, how many times have I seen a bike rider pedal right on through a red light or stop sign? A LOT. “I’m a bike, I don’t have to stop.” You don’t want me to run you off the road when I pass you? Then obey the same laws that I do in my car and I’ll respect you. I have been known to roll down my window and yell at these law breaking riders “same road, same rules, pal!” I mean, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

I guess that’s about it.

4 thoughts on “Two Wheelin’ Fools

  1. When Swalm was being built and all that nice chainlink fencing was beautifying the drill field, the walkway to Allen was lined on the now-Swalm side by this fencing. I was walking to class and stepped to the inside of the sidewalk to avoid stepping in some unsightly thing and, unbeknownst to me, a biker zooming up behind me had to slam on the brakes and veer, yes, into the fence. I wish I could describe the sound that came from the bike, the fence, and a face zipped along the chainlink. I did feel bad about being a causing agent of this incident, but I thought, “Really? On a busy sidewalk with the bike? Damn.”

    I sure there was scarring.

  2. Hahahaha. Somebody should make a vidsketch out of this. I guess Kary, since it’s your idea, you should. Yeah. That’d be funny.

  3. A-M-E-N

    I could not agree with you more. I haven’t had to deal with the college campus part in awhile, but still live the road battle with them fools daily. They seem to have a gift to find the curviest, smallest roads to pedal on. If it weren’t for my keen driving skills, I fear several would be dead.

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