I hear that a lot. You probably do, too. Sadly, it’s true. Some cyclists give the rest of us a bad name. That’s another reason to make sure that you follow all traffic laws while on your bike.
That said,we’re far from alone when it comes to breaking the law. In fact, I suspect that those motorists who squeal the loudest about our lawless ways are some of the very same people who own these vehicles and make these signs necessary.
This is Indianapolis, not New York or San Francisco. There’s plenty of room to park here. You don’t have to break the law. You can almost always find a spot within a block or two of where you’re going. These folks choose to break the law. They choose to disregard others and potentially put them in harm’s way in their quest for the perfect parking spot. I’m almost certain that it doesn’t stop with parking. I’m willing to bet that this is pretty representative of how they live their entire lives.
So what do you do when you encounter these selfish fools? First and foremost, keep yourself safe. Second, encourage as many people as possible to get out of their car and on a bicycle for short trips of five miles or less. There aren’t too many of these problems we can’t solve simply by getting more people to ride bicycles. When they do, they get to see it from the other side, and that changes things. Every trip matters. So encourage others to get out and ride with you. You’ll be changing things for the better.