I'm sick and tired of entitled, selfish cyclists

I'll preface this by saying I myself am a cyclist too, and while I didn't vote for spending tens of millions of dollars on bike lanes, I use them all the time and I love them. And I'd encourage you all to give cycling a shot in the city as the weather gets better... you can go all over the place with minimal contact with scary traffic, if that's your concern. Which leads to my complaint... with all of these amazing bike lanes, why the hell are cyclists on roads that don't have them? If there's no bike lane nearby, sure, go ahead.... but some idiot in the right lane of the Granville St. bridge, typing up traffic behind him... having the Burrard St. bridge three blocks away... or some idiot on Georgia St. also tying up an entire right lane, having Dunsmuir to the North or Smithe to the right... you guys are just being jerks, and adding to the stereotype of jerk Vancouver cyclist.

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Knowledge

Apr 18, 2019 at 4:50pm

Perhaps they are new and don’t know where the bike lanes are

Absolutely right

Apr 18, 2019 at 5:33pm

I’m also a frequent cyclist and that’s something that’s bothered me for years!

20 9Rating: +11

Main St

Apr 18, 2019 at 6:18pm

I don't know how many times i've pointed out to a vancouver cyclist they are riding on a sidewalk right beside a bike/transit route or a block away from one. They look at me like I have 2 heads

24 7Rating: +17

A. Driver

Apr 18, 2019 at 7:05pm

B.s, no cyclist will ever deliberately block cars unless they are protecting themselves.
A bike will always get out of cars way at the first opportunity. The car in front of you never will. If a bike is ahead of you they were there first and entitled to be there.

This is...

Apr 18, 2019 at 7:05pm

... wrong. "Bike Routes" are not exclusions from other streets, not even "near streets." They're for cyclists who may not be confident enough to exercise their right to ride in traffic on streets like Georgia, Broadway, Burrard, etc.

But in general, bicycles are looked at flexibly, all of these laws, they're made to regiment things weighing thousands of pounds, a cyclist doesn't weigh thousands of pounds. But in OP's case, OP isn't even making a legal argument, just an entitled jerk argument.

But...

Apr 18, 2019 at 7:24pm

cyclists are indeed entitled to ride on the road, whether there's a bike path nearby or not.

There are cyclists on the bike paths who would be dead in two minutes on the road, because they wobble all over the place and have zero traffic awareness. To the skilled cyclist, they are unpredictable, dangerous hazards. The road is faster, and for all its danger, much more predictable.

Lolzes

Apr 19, 2019 at 6:39am

It’s time we require all cyclist to purchase endurance. They can (and do) cause accidents. I also feel that in order to ride a bike in the core of the city a paid permit should be required to help fund and maintain the bike lanes.

ItsEasyBeingGreen

Apr 19, 2019 at 6:42am

The author should actually try cycling before opining on it. Unsurprisingly they don't know what they're talking about and are just talking out of their rear end.

7 16Rating: -9

No Empathy

Apr 19, 2019 at 7:54am

I walk, I cycle, I drive. I'm courteous to everyone. I'm often in all these positions, so it's easy for me to empathize. However, cyclist that act the way you describe, I have to wonder if they've ever driven at all.

Fender Man U.S.

Apr 19, 2019 at 8:32am

Did you every think that maybe the bridge with the bike lane doesn’t take everyone where the want or need to go?

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