Sharing the road

During my walk home from the office today I watched a car/bike altercation. This happens a few times a month–a car will slow down next to a bike rider long enough to yell, “Get on the sidewalk!” and then speed back up. The person on the bike will then usually look around to see if anyone else has noticed, shrug, and continue down the street.
Ok, so I haven’t been on a bicycle in at least ten years. But isn’t this supposed to be a bike friendly city? Does anyone else see this happening all the time, or is it an afternoon on Eastlake sort of thing?

4 Comments so far

  1. patrick (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 10:41 am

    I feel the other way, as a pedestrian when I see a bike on the sidewalk…..

  2. samantha (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 11:03 am

    Yeah, me too. But I’m not in the habit of shouting. It isn’t very nice.

  3. patrick (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 9:50 am

    Yes — hence the use of ‘feel’ rather than ‘do’

  4. eldan (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 5:41 pm

    I’m surprised to hear about this altercation. I recently moved here from Cleveland, and I’ve been enjoying the friendliness of the city’s drivers towards me as a cyclist – my only complaint is that sometimes drivers make themselves unpredictable by trying to cede priority to me when they’re not supposed to, which is a pretty minor complaint.

    Cyclists really really really shouldn’t be on the sidewalk. Not only is it annoying to pedestrians, it’s also less safe for us. The only people it benefits are impatient drivers.

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