When is a Sidewalk a Bike Lane?
I really hope bicyclists feel safer on the road since the Governor signed in the new bicycle safety bill, but I think there’s an issue looming which has been consistently overlooked. Are bicyclists pedestrians? I don’t think so. I’m not talking about little kids with training wheels in subdivisions. I’m talking about grown ups, careening down City sidewalks, riding against the traffic and using “pedestrian” crosswalks at intersections, rather than obeying the same rules drivers must and choosing against using the miles and miles and MILES of bike lanes installed throughout the city? It confounds me that cyclists remain oblivious to the dangers of riding where it is convenient or maybe seconds faster and not taking into consideration the danger of crossing in front of a turning car waiting for traffic, by using the sidewalk as a bike lane. They may be improving their bodies and the environment, but it seems many of them have forgotten how to use their heads! Good thing they wear helmets!