Today, I was stopped at a red light when a bicycle came along on the SIDEWALK.
The bike rider never looked left or right -- he had a green light. A woman who
was making a left turn -- also on the green light -- apparently failed to see
the bicycle approaching on the sidewalk. I thought I was going to see a bike
rider get killed before my eyes.The lady spotted him just in time
but was nearly rear-ended by another car turning behind her. Who would have
been at fault in that situation?I'm afraid the driver might
have been cited. But would that be right? She seemed to be doing everything
she should have been doing. The bike was not where a reasonable driver would
expect to find one. Her view of the bike may also have been obscured.I'm not sure, but it seems that some bike riders either have a death wish
or are simply trying to assert their "rights" on the road. Why do so
many hug the white delineator, forcing drivers to slow down, when there may be
ten or more feet of pavement to the right of them? Why?
Bikes can be vehicles when they have license, insurance and are capable of
keeping up with traffic. Until then, the laws which should most closely apply
are those of physics. From the perspective of physics and in context a frank
hazard assessment, there really isn't a safe way to mix two such
dramatically different modes of transportation in the same space. It is like
trying to ride a horse on the 15.
Bikes can't go near as fast as cars though and are a nussiance if they are
in front of a car.
As a car owner, I pay a lot to use the road in taxes and stuff. I know I can;t
go into a bike lane, not even to make a right hand turn. I have rode my bike
back in the day in SLC before the bike lane and Know what it's like to be
forced off the road and crash. There is no charge to a bike. yet they have there
own lane. What up with that.
I drove from SLC to Provo yesterday. On the way I was passed by no less than 30
cars going 80mph or more. I saw one person getting cited.It
doesn't matter what the law says. The solid-majority of Utahns break our
speed laws every time they get in the car.I'll apply the same
deference while riding my bike.