Some bicyclists annoy me. Not the responsible ones who stick to safe roads with wide shoulders or even better, actual bike paths, but the ones who insist on riding their bikes on narrow two-lane roads that do not have shoulders but do have lots of hills and curves. There is a road between Greg’s job and mine that we take since we carpool, and it is one of these narrow two-lane roads with no shoulder and a huge hill. And there are always bicylists riding up it. Which forces drivers to either a) hit their brakes and progress slowly up the hill after them which is extremely slow going since the hill is quite steep or b) swerve into the other lane to avoid hitting the bike and risk being hit by a car coming the other direction. Due to the large hill, you cannot tell if someone IS coming from the other direction. Greg says I shouldn’t have to swerve, but the road is so narrow that I am afraid I am going to hit them, and then it would be my fault. I just feel angered that they are not only putting me in danger of hitting them, but they are also putting my life in danger by my having to swerve into the other lane to avoid them. Today though, I had two guys who were riding their bikes side by side up the hill, which left me absolutely no choice but to swerve into the other lane and pray no one came over the hill from the other direction. I made sure my horn greeted them as I went by, and it wasn’t the friendly short beep.
Growing up, my family would ride our bikes all over. Those family bike rides are great memories of my childhood. But I specifically remember that we would get far over to the side of the road whenever a car would approach.
Okay, I am done ranting now.