Comment 84089

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:03:55 in reply to Comment 84086

I agree that civility and following the same rules as when driving (having lights at night, signalling lane changes, stopping at stop signs, not riding on sidewalks) should be encouraged, and this is how I ride.

Some motorists are appreciative of this, but others are confused or annoyed by strict rule following by cyclists:

http://raisethehammer.org/blog/2597/watc...

I've also encountered annoyed drivers when I need to take a lane (because a driver can't pass me safely while staying within the lane), and when I come to a complete stop at a stop sign (car drivers do not respect my right of way and assume that all motorists should proceed before the cyclist, regardless of priority).

As you suggest, until infrastructure properly takes into account cyclists, and the proportion of cyclists becomes much larger, a significant portion of motorists will resent cyclists either for slowing them down or for breaking the rules in ways that motorists don't (and would be very dangerous for motorists).

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2012-12-18 12:04:56

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