Gonna qualify this one by first saying the guy isn’t wholly wrong, as he did have the green light. But c’mon, really.
During last night’s Underwear Ride, as the throng proceeded down South Negley, a cyclist came speeding through the group perpendicularly, I think at the intersection with Friendship Ave. Didn’t even try to slow down. As I said, he had the green, but:
A ride marshal had the corner corked
Two or three cars were lined up behind the cork
The crowd of 260 was impossible to not see, and there was a cork and waiting cars on the other side of the light.
Somehow he was lucky and managed to slide through the throng without clobbering anyone.
A couple years ago, I was driving eastward on Reynolds, approaching Dallas. I saw I had the green. I also saw a car cross with the red, and immediately a second. Funeral procession. I stopped.
Big group rides operate in a similar fashion, though PA law has not properly addressed this yet.
I turn right onto Smallman from that street that goes past Lotus, and almost got hit by a cyclist riding on the wrong side of the street. I’m looking left to make sure no cars are coming, and trying to keep an eye on people backing out of spots on the right at the same time, so I had very little attention to dedicate to the possibility that someone on a bike would be coming the wrong way where I’m supposed to be going.
Really that whole stretch of Smallman feels like riding through a giant parking lot.
Idiot of the day: Guy on a blue mountain bike that passed me in the bike lane on Bayard while I was stopped for elderly pedestrians who had been patiently waiting to cross at marked, but unsignaled crosswalk. I had used hand signals to indicate I was stopping. He blew by on my left. This is shitty and dangerous when cars or bikes do it.
A colleague of mine was turning left from Schenley Drive onto Tech St today when a cyclist coming down Schenley (passing a car) took exception. Evidently the cyclist felt at risk of being cut off. I know that intersection all too well, as I fly down Schenley daily at over 30 mph (which I will remind everybody is well above the 25 mph speed limit), and then I get to execute the exciting right – left onto Frew, with a 50-50 chance that a car stopped at the Tech stop sign will actually wait for me. Further, Shay was creamed by someone pulling out from Tech onto Schenley a couple of years ago. So I get being tense there. However, this cyclist chased my colleague down and proceeded to reach into his car and steal his sunglasses after screaming at him the whole way down Tech.
Young black girl, mid to late teens, takes her bike off the front of a 12 McKnight bus and rides away, leaving the rack down. The driver honked but she was clueless, never looked back. As I was getting on the bus with about 15 others, I took care of the matter by stepping out of line for five seconds to put it back up (I was bikeless today). The driver and I are well acquainted, so we just gave each other a mutual eye roll as I boarded.