Cyclists Endanger Motorists
Remember that next time an impatient motorist lays on the horn and passes you close and at speed, that it is in fact the motorist that is in danger. At least according to Bill Krawietz, the Mayor of Bulverde TX, and his recent editorial for My San Antonio. His reasoning is beyond flawed, but certainly worth reading just in case this wise guy ever runs for office in your town. Politicians from Texas have a certain way with words… Luckily for the rest of us this guy is mayor of a town of less than 5000 people.
I was sitting in the parking lot of the post office April 15 when suddenly there was a loud and abrupt knock on my truck window. It turns out that a couple of cyclists did not like me passing them between Luke’s Chevron and Bulverde Hills Drive.
Traffic was quite heavy at the time. School had just let out, there was a scramble to get income tax checks mailed and the evening rush was beginning. My patience was already worn thin and being stuck behind a couple of slow-moving cyclists riding side-by-side did not help.
So I gave a brief tap on the horn. The cyclists changed formation to single file. Then a break in traffic gave me the opportunity to accelerate and pass on a stretch of road that has a double-yellow center stripe which you can’t cross.
I had to pass them quickly, but nobody was hurt and there were no close calls.
When someone is dressed in their work clothing and using a bicycle to get to work, that’s one thing.
However, it’s another matter when someone is joyriding on an expensive bicycle all decked out in riding attire on probably the most dangerous roadway in the city.
What can we do? The cyclists do legally have a right to the road with some exceptions, but does this mean all motor vehicle traffic must suffer?