I am appalled at how self-centered your comment shows your road attitude to be. Maybe it's the fault of rise in hipster marketing, but if you spoke with any cyclists and didn't just rely on the occasional blog you run across or even just hear about, you would in fact realize that cyclists not only aren't mostly the coffee shop blograts you describe, but in fact ARE people that "matter" in the daily system of commerce (an extremely subjective qualification, by the way). I'm an elementary teacher-does that merit important enough with you to lose a few seconds for? How ignorant and self-centered of you to establish the value of a person's time or worth based on your overarching stereotype of what you perceive a cyclist to be. Go to any roundtable, panel or community discussion (yes, "community," meaning non-cyclists are welcome and encouraged, too) and you'll be surprised at the elevated positions many of these cyclists hold.
And speaking of time, when we do move up the line of 20 cars (who probably aren't all "waiting patiently" which is why they get so upset that the cyclist is getting ahead of them), that's because we've earned it from the work we are doing to get us to our destinations, and even when you do pass us up ahead (which from experience doesn't always happen due to traffic, or it could be that we are turning right-cars do that all the time) that small delay in getting your speed back up has only added about 20-30 seconds to your trip, which is apparently to your critical position of employment.
Even with those "scofflaws" running lights or rolling stop signs, I agree with the person who pointed out that it only endangers them. And why are drivers so absolutely irate over the cyclists who do that? It doesn't affect them one bit. It does nothing to alter their driving time or route or anything like that. And also, if there were dedicated bike lanes, that would be even more true because there wouldn't even be shared physical space.
The other point with cyclists versus motorists using rolling stops: do you know how much harder it is to get back up from 0 to even 15 mph when there's no gas pedal to drop your foot onto? I know I got a completely different perspective on the issue once I stopped yelling at cyclists and tried doing it myself.
So you send the See & Do email out at 5:50 on July 1 and this event is at 7:00 the same night? I really was interested in this! How about a little actual advance notice next time?
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