Cycles on the brain

My post on the Geneva Convention got two great comments from Patrick about the phrase "cycle of violence." Be sure to check them out.

I seem to have cycles on the brain today. I was driving home from a meeting, struggling to share a narrow road with three bicyclists. To their right, unused, was a bicycle path. It occurred to me that bicyclists frequently agitate for bicycle paths, and then don't use them. Many of them, apparently, aren't so much interested in expanding room for bikes, as they are in decreasing room for cars.

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  • Cycle Cyril

    As a cyclist I don’t use most bicycle paths because of the “congestion” walkers and kids and roller bladers cause which, at the speeds I go, become hazardous to myself and others. Consistent with my speeds I use the roads and I have actually lobbied my local and state governments to widen roads where possible to acommodate a wide shoulder for cyclists.

    Of note in most states the laws are written to allow cyclists to ride two abreast except on narrow roads where they have to ride single file as far to right as possible. However due to debris, broken roadway and other obstacles even when riding single file they may be several feet from the edge of the lane.

  • Jim

    Dear Bookworm,
    This explanation is only partial, but for what it’s worth, cyclists consist of sub-populations whose riding interests differ. Bike paths attract those interested in casual riding. Many types of cyclists can be found on roads (including incompetent ones), but cyclists who want to ride fast or go long distances use roads.

  • Trish Olsen

    I often wonder if some of them don’t have subconscious death-wishes because I encounter this ALL the time! I’m talking city streets, here, with lots of traffic and clearly defined bike paths to the right. Yet numerous cyclists continue to “ride the line” with literally half their bikes & bodies IN the traffic lane.

  • Kevin

    I love riding on bicycle paths and despise pedestrians who walk beside each other obstructing the path; it’s called a bicycle path for a reason.