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Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 04:25 AM UTC

Baltimore Spokes - Our Cyclists Resolution

Biking in BaltimoreWABA put out a somewhat controversial Resolution to Ride Responsibly. Personally I think cyclists should set an example of a road user that everyone should try to emulate, be a cut above the rest if you would. So here is our Cyclist's Pledge:


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As a cyclist I pledge not to ride over the speed limit putting other lives at risk.

As a cyclist I pledge not to kill anyone with my bicycle even if it was just an accident.

As a cyclist I pledge not to run red lights as long as my vehicle is accommodated as well as other vehicles on the road. (Sensors that detect bicycles and enough extra road width to be out of the way of the "cattle stampede.")

As a cyclist I pledge not to use my bicycle to scare, threaten or intimidate old men, young women, children or anyone else who is otherwise not bothering anyone and behaving in a lawful manor.

As a cyclist I pledge not to park my bike in a bike lane or other travel lane for vehicles.

As a cyclist I pledge not to contribute to congestion and when traffic is at a standstill I will use the space between cars (when safe to do so) to continue on my way.

As a cyclist I pledge never to contribute to gridlock.

As a cyclist I pledge not to contribute to the parking problem.

As a cyclist I pledge while riding I will not increase our demand on foreign oil, nor will I contribute to the rising cost of gas by increasing demand.

As a cyclist I pledge while eating steak or any other high calorie or carbohydrate rich foods I will tell others that I need this because I bike a lot. (Assuming the latter is true.)

As a cyclist I pledge while riding I will not contribute (with any significance) to global warming gases.

As a cyclist I pledge while riding I will not add toxic air pollutants to the air we all breathe.

As a cyclist I pledge I will try to keep myself reasonably fit and not become another statistic of the obesity epidemic.
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Now if only we can get other road users to make a similar pledge the roads and our world would truly be a safer and better place.
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WABA's resolution: http://waba.org/blog/2010/12/make-a-resolution-to-ride-responsibly-in-2011/

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