10 Cycling Pet Peeves
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#1. Cyclists who ride on the sidewalks or on the road against traffic. In most areas of the country, state laws require bicycles to follow the same rules of the road as any motorized vehicle.
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#2. Dogs that aren't fenced in or that aren't on a leash really have a way of ruining my ride.
A Honking Motorist
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#3. A honking motorist waving violently behind me trying to get me to scoot over when there's no place to go. I understand the philosophy of impeding traffic when there's space on the shoulder or an available bike lane, but cyclists have just as much right to the road as a vehicle.
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2010 Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, Jurgen van de Walle, Sandy Casar, Carlos Barredo, Stage 16, AP Photo/Christophe Ena
#4. I've had a lot of stuff yelled and thrown at me while riding my bike. The worst, you ask? I took a water bottle to the chest as the pedestrian screamed, "Go Lance Go!"
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#5. It's one thing to get passed by a cyclist that's in better shape than you. But getting passed by a bicycle rigged to a gasoline motor blaring music out of a boom box strapped to a fat bike while doing 30mph in the bike lane? That's annoying. A bike with an exhaust pipe isn't a bicycle—it's a moped.
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#6. Cyclists who don't obey stop signs or red lights. I know how annoying it can be to stop at a stop sign when absolutely no one is around. But we can't have it both ways. If we want motorists to obey the law, cyclists should too. It's safer for everyone.
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#7. Cyclists that ride with ear buds or headphones. This just isn't cool.
Running Against Traffic
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#8. Runners who run against traffic in the bike lane when it's dark. Head-on collisions are never fun.
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#9. Using a cellphone while riding a bike or driving a car. They're both equally awful.
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#10. Cyclists that sprint into your slipstream after you pass them and don't bother to take turns pulling at the front. This is rude.