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Friday, July 25 2014 @ 01:34 AM UTC

You’re Going to Kill Someone

Biking ElsewhereBy Albert McWilliams

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It’s not if it’s when. You are going to kill or seriously injure someone. You are. Someone’s father, brother, mother, daughter - you are going to end their life, forever, like permanently dead. You’ll be a murderer.

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You can save those lives. You need to do two things:

  1. Slow down.
  2. Move over.

A few facts you might not be aware of:

  • When you pass a cyclist without crossing the yellow line you are breaking the law.
  • When you pass a cyclist while oncoming traffic is present you are breaking the law.
  • When you pass a cyclist in a no-passing zone you are breaking the law (this should be obvious yes? Because it’s called a “no passing zone.”)

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http://albertmcwilliams.com/post/54015994028/youre-going-to-kill-someone

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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 03 2014 @ 08:48 PM UTC You’re Going to Kill Someone
I guess I am not welcome because I believe his argument is full of it. Note that I write this comment as a cyclist (OK, former but still hopeful of a restart).
Let me give you an example of something you do everyday:
You are driving along a two-lane road with minimal shoulder and a solid line. You come across a UPS truck parked while the driver makes a delivery. You stop and wait until the driver comes back to the truck and drives off to his next stop just down the road. And you wait some more because you cannot cross the solid line. Don't you... Baloney; you scoot around the truck when the way is clear unless you are an idiot.

And you can easily and safely do the same thing to pass a cyclist.

This constant bleating that a motorist has to follow the slow cyclist just makes drivers more angry with cyclists. It is safe for both parties to have a motor vehicle cross the line when the way is clear for the short time it takes to pass a bike.

And you are not going to kill someone.

Craig C
Craig C,

I don't totally disagree with you because we do have too many miles of double yellow lines where if there is no on coming traffic it would be fine to pass a cyclist. But even so there is something about the road that got engineers thinking... "We should say no passing before this hill, curve or intersection." (The length of that double yellow is way over engineered for passiing a cyclist.) Drivers need to make sure the road is visibly clear before passing a cyclist, if a driver can't see far enough down the road then don't pass, that is the point of no passing zones, the visibility is obstructed at some point.

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