It’s Time We Did Away With The Dumb Cyclists

It’s Time We Did Away With The Dumb Cyclists
48 comments, 05/02/2014, by , in CIVICS, LIFESTYLE

There is truly nothing more aggravating or worse than stupid cyclists on the roads. Unless you live in New York City there is no reason you need to be riding bikes on main roads in traffic. New York cyclists are the exception because they know what they’re doing. But here in Connecticut, there is no room for bicycles. Get off the main roads or go ride in a park somewhere.

To make things even more infuriating, this week the General Assembly gave final approval to a bill that will increase the fines for drivers who seriously injure or kill “vulnerable users” (read: dumb cyclists) here in Connecticut. You will now get hit with fines up to $1,000 if you are a driver convicted of failing to use “reasonable care” with pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians I get. People need to walk. People don’t NEED to bike.

The quotes from the reps behind the bill are unbelievable. Such gems as this one from Rep. Roland Lemar, D-New Haven.  “For too long, pedestrians and cyclists felt they were second-class citizens,”  Yes Roland, they are second class citizens if they are on a dumb bike on a main road. Get a car.

Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, has this to say in response to roads that are heavily wooded,  “It’s very difficult when you’re trying to ride a bicycle or walk on these roads,” . Oh, is it Gail? You know what’s not hard? Driving a CAR on those roads. Roads were created for vehicles. Sidewalks were created for walking.

The real fines they should be putting into place are to cyclists getting in the way of the flow of traffic. Unless the state plans on putting in real bike paths on every road in Connecticut, NO MORE BIKES!

 

Source: courantblogs.com | Image: (c) iStock/Thinkstock

About Begs

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48 comments

  1. Dave
    July 6th, 2014 23:06

    I agree completely. Calling themselves “road users” is the pinnacle of ego. They’re road hazards, and impediments to the normal flow of traffic.

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  2. BHNelson
    May 6th, 2014 12:37

    Your ignorance is as astounding as it is pathetic, as is your willingness to
    display it so publicly. Roads were made for wagons, not cars. Due to the
    efforts of the league of American Wheelmen in the 1880s, roads were paved for
    cyclists, not cars. Cars were an expensive oddity when the first roads were
    paved. There wasn’t a concentrated effort made for highway construction for the
    finally-affordable car (thanks to Mr. Ford) for another 40 years. 

    There is nothing more aggravating, infuriating–or dangerous–than the
    self-entitled driver of a 2000 lb cage exerting his ego by threatening an
    unprotected road user (very macho, by the way). As has been stated, I, like 90%
    of all adult cyclists, also own a car or two and pay the same taxes you do for
    the same right to the road that my money helped build. I simply use it more
    gently than you, and account for far less damage to our shared thoroughfare. I
    am, quite frankly, subsidizing you. You’re welcome.

    Clearly, you know nothing about your subject and have only your prejudice,
    sloth, and misplaced indignation to draw upon. Your outrage at the thought that
    drivers must practice reasonable care around other road users is pathological.
    All road users are bound by the law: why don’t you try a cup of decaf, slow
    down to the speed limit, and practice the Golden Rule. It takes all of five
    seconds to pass a cyclist safely; if you are truly maintaining that those five
    seconds are worth more than my life and my family’s future generations, there
    is far more wrong with you than can be managed without serious professional
    care. Your inflated self-importance is a clear and present danger to others:
    you need a reality check, a real aggression outlet (try some rugby–works for
    me), and maybe a nap. And try engaging your brain next time before you hit the
    Post button: it could save you some embarrassment.

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  3. BHNelson
    May 5th, 2014 15:40

    Your historical ignorance is showing. Roads were not built for cars but for wagons. They were first paved because the League of American Wheelmen spent 20 years lobbying for it for BICYCLES, long before cars were a popular possession (which (http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/the-petition-that-paved-america/). It is clear you don’t know the first thing about your subject, only about your irrational abhorrence of them. In truth, there is nothing more aggravating, annoying, or dangerous than an irrational driver of a two-ton cage feeling his need to gain an extra five seconds in his day is more important than the law and my life. Get a grip on reality, sir: it’s time you learned to share. Your self importance borders on delusional. I think you need a nap.

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  4. MichaelJames4
    May 5th, 2014 15:25

    @AMS  Damn, sorryfor your troubles brethren. :-/

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  5. MichaelJames4
    May 5th, 2014 15:20

    @Alexandra Nofi  Yaaa you, and I will lift you up in prayer that you find some comfort and joy in this life. Bless you. <3

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  6. MichaelJames4
    May 5th, 2014 15:18

    @I like bikes  Awesome post, even mopre awesome is that you are a PRO at what so many others can only achive moderate success at. Best of luck thi sracing season and rubber side down. :-)

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  7. MichaelJames4
    May 5th, 2014 15:14

    Interviewing privateer Pro, local race track owner and Ricky Carmichael.

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  8. MichaelJames4
    May 5th, 2014 15:09

    BTW, if your looking for a good article about cyclists, go interview my friend Rafe Schlanger, the inventor of the Spinergy and Topolino Tech bicycle wheels. Ground breaking inventions right there in good old Bethel, CT. We were high school mates before you were born (possibly) and I went on to be a decent racer, he an outstanding engineer. http://www.topoliniotech.com  Tell him I sent you. BTW, I was a card carrying professional journalist for the sport of motocross for over a decade, I was also a product tester and reviewer adn columnist for several local and regional motocross papers and magazines. :-D Keep writing, Begs. ;-)

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  9. derekcotebike17
    May 5th, 2014 15:07

    I always here that we cyclists break the laws, but when was the last time you obeyed the speed limit? How about purring away your cell phone? Think about that.

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  10. derekcotebike17
    May 5th, 2014 15:03

    Beautiful points, thank you

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  11. MichaelJames4
    May 5th, 2014 15:03

    Begley  Dude, seriously. I wish you no harm. I was angry at your
    inciting vehicular violence on people because of their mode of transportation. As
    a former journalist and columnist you bloggers have to realize the power you
    wield in the printed word. Be CAREFUL what you are telling people to do.

    That being said, if you live in Southern NY I
    want to invite you for a ten mile (your pace) road bicycle ride on these roads
    so you see exactly what we have to deal with. :-D open invitation. Send me
    email and I will holler back. If not, seek out a cyclist where you live and ask
    them to ride with you. In an hour you will understand my venom in my initial
    post. People are literally asleep at the wheel, unconscious that they are
    manipulation 3-4000 lbs. on wheels. Every year, HUNDREDS of cyclists get killed,
    and not even by the people TRYING to harass them. Please, give us a BRAKE!

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  12. derekcotebike17
    May 5th, 2014 15:02

    Go find a real problem with the world and put your time into fixing that. It’s a lot better to have cyclists whose machines save money and run on fat than have drivers whose machines run on money and make them fat. Plus cyclists create less traffic, make minimal pollution, reduce dependence on oil, and get healthy at the same time. All in all, you’re just a sad little child whose parents never had any love for and you feel the need to take it out on other people. :D

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  13. I like bikes
    May 5th, 2014 14:52

    As a professional cyclist I can assure you that having me actually making a living riding my bike on the road is safer than you pretending you are a professional driver. Please, just get a lobotomy and stay at home for the rest of your miserable life.

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  14. Gary
    May 5th, 2014 12:49

    Wow… This must be coming from someone who never learned how to ride a bike. If you want to stop by your local bike shop, I’m sure they will be more than glad to fit your bike with some adult training wheels, and maybe even help you with your writing skills.

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  15. Begley
    May 5th, 2014 9:03

    Hypocrite Magazine called this “Comment of The Year”!
    “You are a waste of space and I hope the next cyclist you abuse is an off duty police officer and he shoots your dumb ass. Not kill you but leave you in enough pain for you to learn some compassion for your fellow human being. ASS!”

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  16. Begs Beggars Belief
    May 4th, 2014 14:22

    Begley  No, you’re just a dick.

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  17. Begs Beggars Belief
    May 4th, 2014 14:18

    What a dick.

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  18. MichaelJames4
    May 3rd, 2014 22:18

    Fasterthanyou  Hahaha, I dig it, same family bro. But the point IM trying
    to make is that if I can actually have patience and WAIT on a slow poke driver,
    this dumb ass cage dweller can also wait while a cyclist who is busy doing a
    hundred more things than moving his right foot to get going can surely wait for
    one of us. I’ve been buzzed, almost doored and generally had fat people who are
    upset at the people trying to stay in shape. I don’t they are upset so much
    with cyclists in spandex rocking 20+ mph, they are upset with themselves for finding
    excuses NOT to be getting fitter. I’ve had to school a police offer, who was tailgating
    me until I told him a 200 lb man on a 15 lb. bicycle will stop before he even moves
    his foot towards the brake. He apologized and genuinely didn’t realize that.
    That cop is the ONLY reason I have gone ape on some foolish driver, I understand
    that most just don’t know that cyclists will weave to avoid a road irregularity
    that in a car isn’t even noticed but can cause a bike to flip or crash. THINK
    people, we are NOT obstacles to test your coordination; we are fathers, sons,
    parents, grandparents, car drivers and also tax payers. My car taxes pay for my
    cycling use on the roads. And I take up much less room than you in your
    car and my carbon footprint is ZERO. Ride on fellow cyclists, but trust NO ONE,
    every car is the potential to do you grievous bodily harm. In any scenario,
    bike will lose so let the jerks go ahead of you.
    Fasterthanyou, enjoy your AMG but also be respectful in that car,  I know how hard it can be when you want to do 135 and everyone is doing 55. AMGA , the AMG Academy is well worth it if you haven’t tried it. You will be a safer and faster driver cos what works for race drivers works for avoiding getting hurt or crashing your sweet car.  :-) <3
    This was me in 2001. :-) So you can imagine the menage I was and danger to myself before AMGA, next stop Skip Barber, Lime Rock, CT.
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  19. Begs is a douche
    May 3rd, 2014 20:16

    Kevin you sound fat.

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  20. May 3rd, 2014 19:18

    KevinBegley reminds me of https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.browardpalmbeach.com%2F2013-06-27%2Fnews%2Ftaylor-chapman-dunkin-donuts-ranter-has-mental-issues%2F&ei=1nhlU_CED9LboAS6qIKYAg&usg=AFQjCNFviNo68BipUyjvxArKnoSDnhy6mQ&sig2=h7YkG37t3uCWV-OQH01ZWA&bvm=bv.65788261,d.cGU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juLHmG76P4Q

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  21. mtnbkr
    May 3rd, 2014 17:20

    Cyclists have the right to be on the road! Someone should run you over!!

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  22. ChristopherNichols
    May 3rd, 2014 16:58

    You’re a douche. Unless you’re trying for “A Modest Proposal On Bicycles”, in which case you’re not that good. Piss off, troll.

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  23. May 3rd, 2014 16:51

    I do not own a bike or a car, because my disability does not allow me to use either. If that weren’t the case and I had to choose one, I would choose a bicycle.

    Aside from the non-pollutant aspect of riding a bike, there’s the physical health aspect: If you want to maintain a healthy body weight, build muscle throughout your entire body and get some excellent cardio (thus improving your heart’s health), then riding a bike is quite necessary.

    It is not a cyclists fault that you don’t know how to be mindful while driving around them. Cyclists are tired of bad drivers sometimes, and they choose to ride on the sidewalk, and therefore whack into pedestrians. A bike is a vehicle, in other words, a thing with wheels that helps you go somewhere, and it belongs on the road. Just like how pedestrians belong on sidewalks and in crosswalks, but by your logic only cars belong on roads, so I guess pedestrians can never cross the street again. Given New Haven’s over-abundance of jaywalkers, I wonder if you feel like a jaywalker deserves to get run over just like a driver doesn’t deserve a fine for running over someone on a bike.

    Also, I used to be friends with someone who purchased a modified tricycle to cope with his progressing disability (ALS). His goal was to ride around with his friends again, plus the added physical therapy it provided. Would you actually go up to him and tell him he is dumb for riding his bike?

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  24. Fasterthanyou
    May 3rd, 2014 16:45

    Look at the Netherlands, contact vrienden op de fiets. Check their system. 14 deaths last year in millions of miles ridden.

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  25. Fasterthanyou
    May 3rd, 2014 16:42

    Just 500? Get your toy out of my SL65 AMG.

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  26. AMS
    May 3rd, 2014 16:27

    Tell that to the driver (with an uninsured vehicle because he “forgot”) who ran a stop sign and cost me a hip. EVERYONE needs go abide by the rules of the road, drivers included.

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  27. MichaelJames4
    May 3rd, 2014 12:32

    Chris, your a better, calmer mam than me. One of my cycling mates is a former policeman who came closer to actually shooting one dumb ass driver, so if any of you arrogant drivers thinks it’s on to buzz cyclists and treat them with disrespect, be warned, some of us actually do carry firearms. Tread lightly, the life you save could very well be you own!
    Laws state 3 feet room when passing cyclists. I know for a fact most drivers are the same people athletic people didn’t want on their team in gym class, only now with 3000 lb cars. You’re still uncoordinated and a danger. Stay away from us cyclists.

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  28. Chris Covino
    May 3rd, 2014 6:36

    I’m tired of retarded drivers. Just yesterday, some moronic driver cut my buddy off turning into her driveway. She passed him just to cut him off and he slammed into the back end of her car. She got a ticket. She couldn’t wait 5 seconds to let him clear? She risked his life, for what? A few seconds saved? This crap happens all the time. Cars buzz us on purpose, they will slow down to scream in our ears, they cut us off at stop signs (I now take the center of the lane at all stop signs, as is my right). Our lives are put at risk by ahole drivers, and YOU’RE sick of cyclists? Get a life! 99% of cyclists also drive cars, I drive about 200 miles a day. If you are driving too slowly, can I tailgate you or pass inappropriately, or cut you off, or scream shit as I buzz you? How about we have a nice face to face discussion the next time you put one of our lives at risk because you are too impatient to show common courtesy and respect for human life? That would be fun. And just remember, most cyclists carry a cell phone with a camera, and are ready to snap shots of your license plate and pedal over to the police station to report aggressive drivers.

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  29. bikecommuter
    May 3rd, 2014 0:50

    Asshole of the year nominee.

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  30. MichaelJames4
    May 2nd, 2014 23:14

    Written by, from an avid cyclists point of view, a fat lazy incompetent incorrigible inconsiderate piece of angry fecal matter. By you logic, dumb ass slow driving incompetent drivers like you who have not taken auto racing schools like me should drive only on back roads with your 150 hp economy cars and stay the fog out of my 500 hp car’s way. You are a waste of space and I hope the next cyclist you abuse is an off duty police officer and he shoots your dumb ass. Not kill you but leave you in enough pain for you to learn some compassion for your fellow human being. ASS!

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  31. MichaelJames4
    May 2nd, 2014 23:05

    Written by, from an avid cyclists point of view, a fat lazy incompetent incorrigible inconsiderate piece of angry fecal matter. By you logic, dumb ass slow driving incompetent drivers like you who have not taken auto racing schools like me should drive only on back roads with your 150 hp economy cars and stay the fog out of my 500 hp AMG way. You are a waste of space and I hope the next cyclist you abuse is an off duty police officer and he shoots your dumb ass. Not kill you but leave you in enough pain for you to learn some compassion for your fellow human being. ASS!

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  32. chefone
    May 2nd, 2014 21:53

    I agree,I’m so tired of dumb cyclists! How about raising fines and enforcing bicycle laws!!??

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  33. Chris Covino
    May 2nd, 2014 18:12

    http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/
    give it a gander, dude.  How can you oppose fines for killing people, regardless of whats between their legs?  This has to be satire, because I’ve never read something so vile and uninformed in my life.  You can understand people walking, because they have to get somewhere, like bikes don’t do the same damn thing?  In your mind, its ok to kill your neighbor…as long as he’s riding a bike?  I don’t like people like you, does that give me the right to try to run you down free of prosecution?  Yes, pedestrians and cyclists HAVE felt like second class citizens for years, because aholes like you feel that your 2000lb car gives you the right to do us harm.  Where did you ever get the idea that all roads came free with the purchase of a car?  They don’t.  So suck it, now we are recognized as human beings, with rights.  Your tiny little world must be in tatters over that.

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  34. Cyclist
    May 2nd, 2014 17:18

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

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  35. ctbikecommuter
    May 2nd, 2014 17:11

    Whewww, I’m glad I read the “About” column about Ctboom.com. Everything has to be taken with a comedic undertone and you all are not true journalists. That’s a big relief. Because, to take this article/rant seriously really does show a lot of true ignorance. Until I saw this on a friends FB page, it accomplished what it was supposed to accomplish, create a reaction. So now I can ignore this site like I had been doing before and let it go back into obscurity.

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  36. LookOut
    May 2nd, 2014 17:06

    …..

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  37. RFBJR
    May 2nd, 2014 16:28

    Funny, you don’t sound this ignorant on the radio.  Taking pot shots at cyclist and some concerned politicians, a lot of whom are probably major advertisers with your primary employer, is a pretty silly thing to do.  While you may be a decent local DJ to Fairfield and surrounding counties, your ability as a blogger/writer fall seriously short in the talent department.  Don’t quit your day job.  I’ll be sure to share your literary gem with all the local cycling advocacy groups, you know to get your word out. I am sure they will be interested to read your article.

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  38. techknowgn
    May 2nd, 2014 16:26

    You know, excepting a very few who are true bike only road users, the vast majority are both cyclists and car owners/drivers. I ride for fitness and transportation, but I also drive my truck and my wife uses it for her daily commute. To even begin to say that “dumb cyclists” should get a car, is both irresponsible and shows a complete lack of research. Roads are to be shared among all. Also, roads were actually created first for horses. so maybe a guy on a horse should ride in front of you every day. maybe that’d help with your attitude.

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  39. SOC
    May 2nd, 2014 13:44

    But you are, certainly, a jerk. But good at writing click-bait, I’ll grant you that. So enjoy the $.78 this ignorant post will generate for you as you shrink back into obscurity.

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  40. sparkleclown
    May 2nd, 2014 13:29

    Sorry, my husband is a bike commuter. He wears more yellow than you can imagine and had flashing lights on his bike and helmet. He follows the rules of the road and has as much right to use the roads as someone in a car. As much as you don’t want to admit it bikes are considered vehicles and have a right to the road. Not everyone is out for a joy ride. Many are commuting by bike for both health and environmental reasons.

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  41. DTR
    May 2nd, 2014 12:09

    I agree with mdarck58, This is awful journalism. How about the ahole drivers that have no clue on how to share the road

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  42. Begley
    May 2nd, 2014 12:04

    Exactly! See at least this guy gets it.

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  43. Begley
    May 2nd, 2014 12:03

    I am not a journalist, sir. Or a cyclist!

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  44. HallerTristanM
    May 2nd, 2014 10:49

    #teamcyclists

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  45. CTTOPA
    May 2nd, 2014 10:45

    Seriously? I can see why you write for CTBoom.com and not for anything seriously credible. Perhaps you should consider getting your head out of your arse and joining the 21st century.

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  46. SalmanSelamat
    May 2nd, 2014 10:39

    100% Agree and totally support all cyclists. Solidarity for all cyclists.

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  47. mdarckc58
    May 2nd, 2014 10:27

    How about fining dumb journalists. This is the dumbest fucking article I have ever read. I am PRO CYCLE. Learn to share the road.

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  48. Reasonable Guy
    May 2nd, 2014 10:26

    Every biker is an asshat, and every driver is a paragon of safety. Got it.

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