Ride for Veterans

Cycling and anything that keeps the wheels turning. Marine veteran remembering the time I served as well as looking to help others.

Rubber, lube and frustration.

You wouldn’t scream at a runner on a treadmill, so why yell at a cyclist?

Seriously, if you were at the gym and watched as someone was going off on those on a treadmill or an elliptical you’d think they lost their mind. The main difference between a gym and the road is convenience isn’t it? I”m not able to tell you everyone’s though process on the road, but that is my main guess. The fact that they need to wait in traffic for an additional 5-10 seconds for a cyclist just infuriates people. I could be wrong of course. Flipping me the bird could just mean they’re admiring how fast I’m traveling on the bike and expressing, “You’re number 1!” 2014-02-25 03.19.01

 

“It’s illegal to ride your bike in the road!”

Well yes and no. A cyclist may ride his or her bike legally on any road that isn’t restricted. a highway, or an interstate. So pretty much any road that doesn’t have a greater than 55MPH sign. A fun rule that almost always gaurentees a horn to be blasted behind me is this:

Left Turns (see Section 316.151 (1)(b)(c), F.S.)

A bicyclist intending to make a vehicle left turn is entitled to full use of the lane from which the turn is made. After scanning, signaling, and moving to the center of that lane, the bicyclist must check the signal, then proceed when it is green and safe to do so. (http://floridabicycle.org/bicycle-traffic-law/) Check the link for valuable cycling knowledge!

I could be a jerk on the roads, as funny for me as it would be but I’m not. Usually you’ll see my tires inches away from the white line, even though I’m allocated 3 FEET! The fastest way to get me to take advantage of that full 3 feet is to honk at me. I’m not too good with audible ques, but I believe that’s what I’m supposed to do.

The worst offenders.

You would think that immature punk teenagers would be the ones ignorant to the rules to the road when it comes to cycling. Sadly it’s the opposite. I’ve rarely had problems with the young crowd. There may have been one or two instances when I was living up in New York. The horn honkers, finger wavers, words of encouragement shouted from windows are usually from the older crowd.

The next time your grandma offers you a fresh warm cookie from the oven, remember that she only had time to make them because she hammered down on her gas pedal, passed a cyclist, flipping them off, just because cookies are so damn important.

Other than the cookie baking crowd I would have to say bus drivers are near the top of the list. Just in the month of March alone I was almost run off the road by 4 buses! Orange County District buses to be more specific. Not sure who does the training for the drivers, but I’d appreciate it if they didn’t have it out for people on bikes. I could be wrong of course, the kids on the bus could be the culprits by pressuring the driver to hit cyclists for points. See kids, that’s why I didn’t give out Halloween candy this year! Also I was at work.

Final note before heading out to the roads today. We can all work together just as the lube works on a bike chain. Everyone just needs to apply it first!

I would appreciate it if you took the time to read or at least glance over the state laws pertaining to cyclists. I poke fun at it sometimes because it happens a lot, but I still wouldn’t want to see any of my friends or myself be hit by anyone.

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