The blog formerly known as Heidelbergerin...now throwing a 3rd country into the crosshairs!
Ouch! What happened? I hope this doesn't require more experimentation with the health insurance system.
awwwwwww KICK SOME ASSding ding, muthafucka!! see, if it was samuel l jackson they wouldn't mess with him on a bike!
Mary: I didn't have an accident or anything; it is just frustrating trying to get somewhere on bike with couples making out in the bike lane, tourists looking at their maps in it, etc!Sara: Maybe I need a costume for riding....
hi,just do what i do and ride on the street instead of the bike lane - where you can get away with it, of course. I'd rather take my chances paying a fine once in a while and ride with the flow of traffic than have some clueless pedestrian walk in front of me. The bike paths were made for those out doing their errands, imho. If you want to commute or get anywhere, you have to take the road.
Ian, you are a brave man!
heh,actually not, just have a bike that likes to go fast...
People can be so oblivious... I always feel sorry for bikers in Dresden. Between cars pulling out in front of them and people refusing to move out of their way, I think it might actually be quicker (and safer) to walk.
Eurotrippen: I don't know about faster, but walking is definitely much safer...sometimes I just waste the extra 10 minutes and walk instead of biking for a little peace of mind!
This probably isn't the place for an essay on a well-regulated society. Thus, I will only suggest that the bike lanes are there not only to keep pedestrians from slowing down (and getting hit by) bicyclers but also to keep bicyclers from slowing down (and getting hit by) cars. Not to mention that if bikers kept to the bike lanes when they were present, they might prevent a few of these car-crazy Germans from getting ticked off and passing bicyclers too closely when there are no bike lanes (such as on my bike ride home). In addition, if you allow pedestrians to force you on the road, you essentially admit that ignorance of (or even blatant disregard for) the rules is a legitimate excuse for breaking them.
I just about got run over by a wayward biker the other day, while crossing in the pedestrian crosswalk with a green. Everyone needs to use some common sense and watch out for all other forms of transportation around them! This is why riding a bike is sometimes frustrating, being in the middle between cars and pedestrians! But it is the job of the biker!
I love this! Been yucking since I read it a week ago.
Glad someone's enjoying it! You should check out the site that inspired it too! (www.marriedtothesea.com)
I love commenters!