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I have asthma. I CAN NOT ride a bike. The only way to really lower gashouse emissions is get rid of 1/2 the worlds population. Since we can't do that, or can't we, why should I care who rides and who doesn't?
Bike riders---make sure you observe the traffic laws. You're not "special"!!! Better take the time to learn what you have to do to not get run over legally. I'm not braking because you're stupid. Good luck on your ride, though.......
Ivopops53, I am sorry to hear about your asthma. I know many people with asthma who can ride bikes- even some who race- but the severity of everyone's condition is different. Despite the fact that you can't ride a bike, though, probably close to 500,000 people in the Twin Cities could ride to work. There would be benefits to you as well as everyone else if that happened- better air quality for all, reduced congestion on the roads (resulting in lower taxes by reducing road building and maintenance costs), reduced demand for gasoline (maybe 500,000 gallons per day if those 500,000 people all rode their bikes to work) resulting in better energy security and lower gasoline costs, and improved health reducing the trillions of dollars in health care costs. There's just a few possible benefits that would accrue to you and the rest of us. Basically, it's patriotic to ride bike!
I ride my bike 5000-6000 miles a year and drive my car 10,000-12,000 miles a year. Bike riders are better at following the laws than drivers are. Most drivers I see breaks the law or acts stupid every day in some way- speeding, running red lights, running stop signs, tailgating, driving while impaired (usually by talking on the cell phone while driving). Traffic laws are enforced only when drivers break them flagrantly.
As a result of the increase in bicyclists being hit and/or hit by cars I have taken to riding in the center of the right lane. Motorists honk, yell and in some cases try to sideswipe me. If the city were to create more bike lanes I wouldn't have to take up the whole lane just to protect myself.
Could you please post a link to where the data might be accessed?
I agree with you. A late 90 s Federal DOT study found that pedestrians were 4 times more likely to break the law and motorists are 8 times more likely to break traffic laws compared to cyclists. The problem is most motorists have an ingrained acceptance of breaking the law not unlike bicyclists as a part of their right to be drivers. I follow MN State Statute 169.222 to the letter. If I had a video camera on my helmet/bike during my daily commute maybe some motorists could see how insane they are and I will soon . Sadly we have almost caught up with Portland, OR as the city with the most daily cyclists yet we are still so behind in being the most bike friendly city.
Now if only if they could come up with a bike that has great traction on ice, and rides across the top of snow. I'll buy me one
For the past 6 months I have yet to see a cyclist stop for a stop sign or stop and wait for a red light if cross traffic is clear. Start preaching to your demographic about traffic laws, then the motoring public will begin to pay attention to you.
Please. For one thing, that's an absolute, and another, I do.
If "scofflaw cyclists" are the concern, the anti-bike crowd needs to look in the mirror. When I get on the cities' parkways, I make a point of using the entire lane, since I'm entirely capable of riding the posted speed limit (25MPH) -- yet people still want to get around, and let's not get started about how many cars make left turns well after the light turns red, especially at busy intersections.
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