Originally Posted by habacomike
Yep, he was a jerk.
I live in Boulder County, where we have a very active cycling community. Recently, we've been seeing a lot more incidents between cyclists and motorists. These incidents were prompted, in part, by changes in state law that provided more protection to cyclists and allowed riding two abreast. The problem is that some cyclists are very incosiderate. We get peolotons of recreational cyclists who take over the road and obstruct traffic. As a result, a bunch of folk who live in the Mountains or canyons are fed up.
While it's due justice that this guy got his due, I encourage all of us cyclists to ride considerately. Just because the law may say that you can ride 2 abreast doesn't mean that you should, particularly when it is obstructing traffic and creating confrontations. After this past summer, I've been concerned that a backlash may very well start in Colorado that bans cyclists from certain roads. That wouldn't be to our benefit.
Same in Durango/La Plata County, Mike. Share the road goes both ways and often mutual consideration lacks on both side of the issue......and there are jerks on both sides.
One guy got so upset, he threatened bicyclists with a gun clearly visible at his side. Here's a local article
questioning whether this is uniquely an American issue and paints it as a blue/white collar issue.
Having been a 'mirror tag' target as well as 'inconvenienced' by riders taking up more of the road than they need to, I can clearly see both sides.
I didn't find the CO law description on a quick search, but I believe the intent was to give the rider the right to use the road as necessary for safety (at their discretion'), but move aside and single file if practical and vehicles need to provide 3' ft. clearance for safe passing.
I remember being very impressed in the late 70's moving to Boulder and seeing the bike lanes making it easy to get around as I did. It is still a mixed around here where bike lanes are increasing as are paths, but they aren't everywhere and some places the cyclists needs the road and the shoulders that exist are not swept forcing cyclists into the road.
It's also a planning issue where when road improvements occur, wider shoulders need to be included in the planning. A friend, an avid mountain biker was a County engineer. When we were under yet another season of major road improvements on our road (a major cycling road) which cost bazzillions of dollars, I asked him why they can't include a couple more feet of width/per lane as they go. I basically got the 'yeah, whatever' response.
A lot has to change before this conflict goes away.Edited by Alpinord - 11/3/09 at 8:54am