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Bicycles And Me … Or Us

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:04 am

A couple of weeks ago there was a write up about “we all need to share the road” – that was my take on it. Well–I drive the Strand on a daily basis, seven days a week, morning and evening. In the last few years I say the bikes have taken over the Strand and through Coronado. Riding into Coronado, this a fine white line that divides us and you seem to think you need to ride that white line and that is even when there are two of you or 15.

Do you not read?! That area where you ride is Emergency Parking Only. There are several large signs up the Strand that say that. Also, coming from Coronado to IB there are signs saying No Parking. There isn’t hardly enough room to park even if you have an emergency. Yet bikers ride there as well. I have yet to see anyone stopped or ticketed. There is a bike path and thank you all who do obey the rules and use it.

Also, who do you think you are when you run through red lights and or stop signs? You do not own the road, or do you? Is this where we are supposed to get along? I say no! Coming through Coronado there is a car on my left, me, a biker or bikers and the parked cars. I get yelled at because I should move over and give the biker more room. Where am I supposed to go? Into the car next to me? I can’t. His words to me shall not be repeated. Just today (February 14), a lady biker wen through three stop signs and as I yelled at her that those are stop signs she just laughed. A few weeks ago a dad, mom and two kids rode right through Seventh Street and Orange Avenue stop signs. I yelled at him to stop and he gave me you know what.

This problem, one day will get someone badly hurt or killed. No one is paying attention, yet.

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1 comment:

  • NA posted at 10:38 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    NA Posts: 1

    California Vehicle Code References:

    21200. (a) A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a
    highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions
    applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including,
    but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence
    of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10 (commencing with
    Section 20000), Section 27400, Division 16.7 (commencing with
    Section 39000), Division 17 (commencing with Section 40000.1), and
    Division 18 (commencing with Section 42000), except those provisions
    which by their very nature can have no application.
    (b) (1) A peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing
    with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, operating a
    bicycle during the course of his or her duties is exempt from the
    requirements of subdivision (a), except as those requirements relate
    to driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, if
    the bicycle is being operated under any of the following
    (A) In response to an emergency call.
    (B) While engaged in rescue operations.
    (C) In the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of
    the law.
    (2) This subdivision does not relieve a peace officer from the
    duty to operate a bicycle with due regard for the safety of all
    persons using the highway.

    21202. (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed
    less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction
    at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand
    curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following
    (1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle
    proceeding in the same direction.
    (2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a
    private road or driveway.
    (3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but
    not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles,
    pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes)
    that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge,
    subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this
    section, a "substandard width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for
    a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the
    (4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
    (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway,
    which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or
    more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or
    edge of that roadway as practicable.