!@%$#@¡ Bicyclists!

Monday, September 14, 2015

!@%$#@¡ Bicyclists!

I'm an old man in an autumnal month if not stage of life, but it's not like 30-40 years ago when I was discovering that everything I thought I knew was either wrong or no longer operative.

One of the things that I've long held is that bicyclists are required to obey the same rules of the road as motorists.

What I've noticed of late is that they not only don't, but they don't in a particularly aggressive manner!

Case in point occurred this morning on my way to Speonk along South Road.

Ahead of me were close to a dozen cyclists in colorful gear and sporty aerodynamic high tech helmets riding both single-file and two-or-three abreast as we passed Raynor Drive and headed for the "STOP All Way" intersection at Tanner's Neck Lane.

Traveling at 25 mph, I was forced to straddle the double yellow line as some of the cyclists were wobbling/weaving a bit, but I overtook them without incident and reached Tanner's Neck with my right-hand turn signal on, and came to a halt per the sign.

Aerial view of the South Road and Tanner's Neck Lane intersection

There being no North-South or East-bound vehicle traffic, I started my right turn only to be met by a torrent of irate invective and loud objurgation.

Gleaned from the verbal abuse and the flipped birds was the sense that I should have deferred to their collective intention to cross Tanner's Neck Lane and into Sweetgrass Road, straight through the clearly placed traffic control device.

A study of the operative New York State laws reveals that this morning's group, either willfully or ignorantly, ignored a number of them, including:

  1. Bicyclists must obey all traffic lights and signs....
  2. Bicyclists may drive two abreast on roadways, but they must drive single file when being over­taken by other vehicles.

It seems that bicyclists, infused with a mighty sense of moral superiority for conveying themselves to and fro without contributing to the hydrocarbon emissions prob­lem, feel that Vehicle and Traffic Laws do not apply.

I think my new policy will be to wherever possible, avoid a peloton of bicyclists for not only their safety but my own harmonious passage through the day.

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