Although no longer a bike rider because the roads around Ocean Beach scare me, I usually support those people that have the nerve to ride their bikes along Cable, Sunset Cliffs, and Bacon. But my sympathy ends when I follow the rules and the biker doesn’t.
A case in point: I was traveling down Cable Street towards a meeting on Voltaire when I came to a stop at Santa Monica and Cable, as did two cars coming in opposite directions. But the woman riding her bike did not stop and rode right through the intersection and barely averted being hit by the car that had the right of way. And what did she do? She gave the finger to the driver of the car. Why? She was the one at fault. She didn’t stop at the stop sign; she ran the stop sign and made absolutely no effort to slow down. What gave her the right to disobey the law and then act indignant about it?
As I continued down Cable to Voltaire, virtually the same thing happened but with a male bike rider. There were cars stopped at all four corners, yet he did not stop and went through the intersection oblivious to the cars doing the right thing. He didn’t give us the finger; rather he yelled at us, calling us “ass holes” because one car was already going into the lane and came close to him. Why? He should have stopped at the stop sign just like we did.
These are only two examples that happened today, in a space of 3 minutes. It is not the exception; it seems to be the rule.
If the bike rider wants my support, then they must follow the laws just as the drivers must follow the rules. The bike rider does not have the “right of way” just because he/she is on a bike. Sometimes he/she has the right of way; sometimes not.
Is it so difficult to realize that if the rider is hit by a car he/she might be severely injured or worse, killed? When there is a flagrant disregard of the laws, the fault is not always that of the driver of the car. The driver doesn’t want to hit the bike rider any more than the rider wants to be hit, but laws need to be followed and adhered to at all times.
It seems that “road rage” is not just restricted to auto drivers; it affects the bikers, too. That young lady was lucky today. May her luck never run out. As for the male? His arrogance was so unnerving he’s asking for trouble. I just hope it doesn’t happen in Ocean Beach.