Originally Posted by Living Proof
The above link is to a article in the Phila. Inquirer this past Sunday. It describes 3 recent incidents, an injury and two deaths where the hit person was a pedestrian and the hitter was a cyclist. In one fatality, the cyclist was going against traffic, and, still not charged. In the other fatality, the cyclist hit and ran. Someday, I'd like to see GUILTY applied to both people.
I'm just curious about something. Would you, or do you, tell another cyclist along the road that he/she is riding in an irresponsible manner?
Yeah, my old friends from Philly mentioned the above incident to me. Though I think the cyclists should be charged, I think some lawmakers' responses (they proposed requiring cyclists buy license plates...) are taking it a bit far.
I would, and do, tell other cyclists if they're being irresponsible. We're really lucky in NYC to have so many new bike lanes, and despite a couple setbacks (like a bike shelter near my apartment being taken down
), the bike infrastructure in New York is really expanding in phenomenal ways.
I'm a firm believer that in order for cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians to share the streets, everyone needs to follow the rules. So when I see drivers idling on the street (which is now illegal in NYC if you idle for over 3 minutes...1 minute if you're near a school), I'll tap on the window and let them know of the new law. If I'm riding in a lane and a messenger or delivery guy is riding against traffic, I'll ask him to please move to a lane that's moving in the proper direction. And yes, I am also guilty of yelling at pedestrians who have wandered into the bike lane.
All forms of transportation have a right to use the roads built with our taxes in a safe, efficient manner. To me that means cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike need to be aware that each has the right to use the road and not be in a heightened state of fear of other road users threatening their lives with unsafe practices.