Can someone please explain what the rules of the road for bicyclists are?
Since moving to Richmond, I have noticed a complete lack of responsibility of the bikers around town. I have seen them completely ignore not only traffic signs, but also the cars that they are sharing the road with. With time, I have learned to deal with it.
Well, folks... not anymore.
This morning when I was driving to work, I was about to make a right turn when I stopped to prevent running into a pedestrian that had decided to cross the street at the worst time possible. Anyway, behind me was a young guy on a bike who had hopped the sidewalk and gotten into my lane. I guess he didn't like the fact that I had stopped and proceeded to run into the back of my car...twice. Yes, thats right...He bumped the back of my car twice to tell me to go. Umm.....I'm sorry for making you late to the coffee shop you most likely work at, but I don't feel like running over a pedestrian so early on in the morning, okay dude?
Not even 30 seconds later after making the right turn did I almost run over ANOTHER biker that had completely ignored his red traffic light when I had the green one!!
I finally got to work and breathed a sigh of relief - I'm not going to jail today! Hooray!
When I got out of my car, I took a look at my back bumper - there were two clearly defined tire marks on the bottom (ok - yes, my car is dirty). Awesome.
So, I ask - what are the rules of the road? Can bikers run red lights? Can they bump into cars to tell them to go? My intellect and gut instinct are telling me the correct answer is no...but then again, I'm not a bicyclist.
Watch out for those bikers, guys...
Till next time -