Sometimes, more and more often to be honest, when I see certain things in early mornings and the afternoons while I’m riding on my scooter (Orbit II), I’m wondering if there is an actual competition within both camps, car drivers and bicycle users for not less than “Darwin award” death?! Who comes on the most effective way with the proof that he is a complete, legitimate retard, chasing after Death like a mad dog.
Sadly I see an alarming increase in a tendency among cyclists, irresponsible riding on every possible way: complete lack of lights in yet dark hours with traffic everywhere, also in the darkest spots, crossing lanes with no stops, no breaks, no looking around or being aware of traffic lights, texting while biking midden in high density traffic, ignoring differences between your bike paths and drive lanes of cars (and trucks!), or, a combination…and this seems to be a growing trouble.
This morning, silently in myself as a note, I awarded one major idiot with Darwin trophy, of course again, a biker. He was just amazing, and not on any good way, except that he not just survived the day but haven’t gotten into any accident, thanks to awareness and reflexes of truck and car drivers at a HUGE intersection in Rotterdam (bridge, 2x 4 lanes, and from other direction 2×2) with traffic of morning rush hour, not less naturally.
Well, our biking “champion” friend decides that the biking paths (lovely built modern bike lanes around intersection with own traffic lights) are just too cumbersome to use and making things with approximately a two whole minutes longer, so, why the hell not just riding between the two farthest points of the intersection (from the very left to the other side’s very right point, for a real thrill, making a true cross passing) with the highest possible speed the bike can give; he might have thought with speed chances of survival are higher, in case of; across total 8 car lanes. No looking around, no breaks, just ride. Also, he did not find too disturbing that cars and trucks just received their green light to go, so his extreme sports action resulted in a city orchestra type claxon concerto with hints of car brake and drivers’ yells. Helps the adrenaline rushing, right? An absolute facepalming moment.
On a bit more serious note, are these fruitcakes consider actually consequences of their actions from the driver’s point of view? Like ever? If someone hits him to dead, that one car driver from that moment on must live with a terribly heavy guilty consciousness, and that without being really guilty in such a case at all, and of course probably some jail time to bear. Truth must be told, everyone who wants to get on an own transportation mean, should have not just traffic rules training, but ethical, moral lessons as well, beforehands, and then, just after those allowing to use anything, from bicycle to trucks, no matter what type of vehicle!
Truth must be told, everyone who wants to get on an own transportation mean should have not just traffic rules training, but ethical, moral lessons as well, beforehand, and then, just after those, allowing to use anything, from bicycle to trucks, no matter what type of vehicle!