Dear L.A. Drivers Who Don’t Think Bikes Should Be On The Same Road As You –
I have every bit as much right to be on the road on my bike as you do to be on it in your car. And where there is no bike lane available, I am, indeed, contrary to your opinion, allowed to take up an entire car lane so that I may safely travel through the city. That is the law. It does not just apply when there’s seventy-five of me riding down Wilshire into downtown, but also when there is just one or two of me using the same public roadways that my taxes also pay for. And no, I am not going to go a half-mile out of my way to use the only pothole riddled “bike lane”, either. I’m staying right here, because I’m only going a few mph slower than you on this nice, smooth ashphalt.
Now, if you can just wait thirty seconds, then I’d be delighted to swerve out of your way at the next alley or side street. And if you don’t like it, then I also suggest you stop and consider that, if time is money, then you are wasting more of both pumping overpriced gas into your car. You will probably waste more time than you spent waiting for me to give up this lane, when you’re circling a mall parking lot trying to get the spot closest to the door.
And if you’re still determined to honk at me, yell at me, menace me, or deliberately try to clip me with your car, then you’re just a jerk and I hope that you get morbidly obese when gas prices go up too much for you to drive to the gym and use the stationary bikes there.
edit: this doesn’t refer to all drivers. just the ones that are deliberately hostile to cyclists who are riding carefully, as far to the right as possible without their handlebars hitting parked cars. this certainly doesn’t apply to cars who respond negatively to the cyclists who deliberately bait them, or who do not practice safe, considerate urban cycling – although, some of us get less considerate after being honked at for the fourth time in a day