I am like most cyclists in that I also see the perspective of the driver. However, most drivers aren’t cyclist therefore, can’t see the perspective of the cyclist. You all know what I’m talking about! There are so many times I hear drivers complain about those cyclist! They never stop at stop signs/lights! They just take over the road! Wah wah wah!
I get it. When I drive, I see cyclist that do blow through stop signs. I also see cyclists that obey the rules of the road. On the flip side, I see drivers that blow through stop signs, as well as drivers who obey the rules of the road. There are many times I have been on a bike and avoided an accident with a car because I keep an eye out for those who aren’t paying attention. There are also times driving when I have saved a cyclists life by not running them over when they didn’t stop at a sign. The frustrating thing for me when I ride is that I follow the rules. Someone in a car may get upset at a cyclist they came across earlier and they take that frustration out on me! Not good!
Here is the way I look at it. Until every driver follows the rules of the road, I don’t want to hear people complain about cyclists. And as a cyclist, a word of caution to other cyclists. It doesn’t matter if you come to a complete stop at that stop sign. You need to be aware of drivers because you will never win that collision with a car!
Until next time…