lizzwashere 
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Re: “Richmond wants to double its miles of bike lanes this year. Is that enough to keep cyclists safe?

To those who complain that they won't respect my life because I'm not obeying a traffic law (first of all wtf, do you feel like you can run me over because I rolled through a stop sign??), let me share with you WHY I do not blindly adhere to arbitrarily imposed car-based rules applied to cyclists: safety.

If I'm at a red light and cars are queuing up behind me, they are PISSED when they can't get around me because there are cars in the oncoming direction and can't pass. So they either start honking, or attempt to dangerously squeeze past me. Now, if I get a small head start, I can make it past the line of oncoming cars and cars are 99.9% less likely to recklesslu endanger my life because they can't wait 10 seconds until it's safe to pass.

Also - where is the outrage at pedestrians walking through red lights? Would it make you feel better if I dismounted and walked through the intersection? Why should I be subject to laws that were not designed for my safety? If you could do this in your 2-ton cars I would have no problem with drivers "running" red lights because you can't kill people this way.

Face it: the laws for cyclists don't make sense and need to change. They were applied to cyclists because it was *easiest* to just apply car rules to them. Laws are changing in other states - it's time they change here, too.

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Posted by lizzwashere on 05/17/2017 at 1:11 PM

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