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Friday, June 28, 2013

You’re Going to Kill Someone | Albert McWilliams

If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why you’re driving wrong (you are) and then you won’t end up killing a human. So read on; you’re welcome.
 It’s not if it’s when. You are going to kill or seriously injure someone. You are. Someone’s father, brother, mother, daughter - you are going to end their life, forever, like permanently dead. You’ll be a murderer.
You can save those lives. You need to do two things:
  1. Slow down.
  2. Move over.
A few facts you might not be aware of:
  • When you pass a cyclist without crossing the yellow line you are breaking the law.
  • When you pass a cyclist while oncoming traffic is present you are breaking the law.
  • When you pass a cyclist in a no-passing zone you are breaking the law (this should be obvious yes? Because it’s called a “no passing zone.”)


Anonymous said...

Get off my winding, no shoulder 55-60MPH country road, then. There are LOTS AND LOTS of road bikers that go down it in gaggles of bikes -- rush hour, weekends, whenever.

Bullshit that most road bikers go on "slow roads". And this country road stuff isn't a "quaint" little byway for you -- it's a heavily trafficked, dangerous country thoroughfare.

It's dangerous enough for me in a regular vehicle, let alone if I'm dodging some guy in a one-piece speedo when coming over a hill and there's a extra large farm truck with wagon crowding my lane from the other direction.

Do I slam on my brakes to keep from hitting the bicyclist doing 10MPH in front of me and risk being rear ended by someone behind me (and then hitting the bicycle)?

Do I quickly swerve into the other lane and risk a head-on collision (and hitting the bicycle)?

"I was in the right of the law!" looks really dumb in a tombstone.

If you're a 10 MPH bicycle (and let's admit it -- not many go 20+ MPH up the steep hills of my road, and even then, it's still slow) YOU ARE DANGEROUSLY OBSTRUCTING THE ROAD!

Yes, farm equipment can sometimes go slow, but they generally go just a short distance (down to the next field) or PULL OVER to let others pass. They seem MUCH more aware of the danger they pose and react accordingly. Road bikers do not.

Bill said...

Slow down.
Move over.

We drive cars, too.
We get it.

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