A friend asked me about the responsibilities and rights of people who cycle on the road. This is something that probably causes heated arguments in some circles. Very simply put, someone on a bike is just like someone driving a car. After that statement, everyone should get along on the road right? Not so!
There are many problems that arise when car people and bike people meet. Cyclist do have the same rights as cars do but the problem, as I see it, has to do with a lot of cyclists think that only applies when it benefits them. We want the lane but when we get to a stop sign/light it doesn’t necessarily mean we have to follow that. As a cyclist I can tell you that is something that drives me crazy when I am in my car.
Now, the flip side is this. For so many people in cars a stop sign is merely a suggestion that you might want to stop. For both of these groups, we demand the other to follow the laws while we don’t really have to. This is the real problem and it is just one. It seems to me that if everyone realizes that we all have to make concessions all would be much better. Remember if you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem!
Until next time…