Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Start Seeing Motorcycles

Every morning on the way into work, I cross beneath a big ole flashing highway sign that says, Start Seeing Motorcycles!" and if I'm far enough away still it changes to "Share the Road with motorcycles". To which I always think. "OK, I'll share the road if they start acting like everyone else on the road."

I'm reminded of a piece of advice given me by my dear old dad long ago. "Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do something."

If motorcyclists would heed this advice, I'd be much more willing to treat them like other motorists. For example.

1) Just because your bike can go much faster than most of the cars on the road doesn't mean you should. It makes the rest of us nervous.

2) Just because you can pass between cars, trucks and large semi tractor trailers while riding right on top of the dotted white lane marker, does not mean you should. More often than not this makes the rest of us cut the wheel to try and avoid you and that makes us nervous.

3) Just because you can easily ride on the shoulder of the road and go around the big nasty traffic jam that the rest of us have to sit in for hours, doesn't mean you should. It pisses the rest of us off and if we ever find you we will kill you.

4) Just because you can act like a asshole and weave from side to side in the lane ahead of me as if it were a slalom course, doesn't mean you should. It's impossible for those behind you to know if you will speed up, slow down or change lanes and we might get too close.

In short, if motorcyclists will start acting like other drivers and act accordingly, it would be much easier to give them the respect they are asking for.




( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 20th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I would be more than happy to start seeing motorcycles instead of idiots in electric wheelchairs driving down the center lane of dark roads. There are at least three of those potential Darwin Award winners in my town.
May. 20th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
One zipped out in front of me last week too.

May. 20th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
My dear those are my thoughts exactly. They show commercials on the local tv about Look Twice For Motorcycles!!! Well if they weren't speeding down the road I would see them the first time or they would be too far away to worry about in the 2 seconds it takes me to look both ways and then back the first way again. Makes me nuts. Oh and popping wheelies on their crotch rockets. Ugh.
May. 20th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
apparently motorcycles are in the zeitgeist today, as this was just 3 entries after yours on my read list. FWIW, he's a very responsible and cautious motorcyclist, the kinds you don't really notice because he's not an asshat.

ETA: crap, i just realized it's a locked entry. basically, he's talking about different types of closed-vehicle drivers and how they come across to motorcyclists (or, at least, to him). it was amusing and kind of fits into how i feel about those same types of drivers, even though i'm not on a bike.

Edited at 2009-05-20 09:16 pm (UTC)
May. 20th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I have all the love in the world for safe drivers no matter what they are driving. Bikers of whatever stripe just tend to make more unexpected moves than other drivers.

May. 20th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
i disagree. i think those in white mercedes convertibles with texas plates are, by far, the most unpredictable and dangerous drivers.
May. 21st, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
I've gotta give you that one though we don't see as many up here.

May. 21st, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
May. 21st, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Regarding point number two: This is, in fact, legal in many states. And it's a good reason to drive a bike to work, if you live somewhere like Los Angeles.

Here in Fanta Se land, though, it's the Subaru drivers who cause the most havoc.
May. 21st, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
It's actually legal to not drive in the lane of traffic but on the lane dividing line? Is that just for motorcycles?

May. 21st, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
It's just for motorcycles, yes, and the law varies from state to state. It's probably not legal in all states, and there are constraints upon it in others. For instance, in California the motorcyclist cannot drive more than five (or was it ten?) miles per hour faster than the surrounding traffic.
May. 21st, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
So when I'm going 75 and a bike passes me like I'm sitting still and then passes between two semi's on top of the lane divider, that's probably still illegal then?

You learn something new everyday.

Up in Cimarron the danger is from Texas RV and 5th wheel drivers.

May. 22nd, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
We have bicycles that act the same way. Ride in the middle of the road, then get all pissy when you pass them, and you have to pass them close because there's traffic. I guess if they actually ride to the side of the road, they'd be forced to notice the perfectly good sidewalks and bike trails.
( 13 comments — Leave a comment )