25 Oct '11, 11am

True confessions of a bicycle scofflaw via @grist

True confessions of a bicycle scofflaw via @grist

Photo: mad drivers Okay, confession time: I'm one of "those" cyclists. You know, the ones who are giving us all a bad name, the ones who think we're above the law, who regularly pass through stop signs without stopping -- even without slowing down very much. I even ran a red light or two in my younger, brasher days. Well, scofflaw that I am, I do get yelled at plenty. Drivers hate me! And they have every right to -- after all, as they are careful to roll down their windows and snarl or shout, with some degree of profanity -- I am *not on the sidewalk.* Yep, that's right. It's not running stop signs that gets me yelled at. I raise public ire -- at least once a week, even in bike-friendly Portland -- only when I do something that's totally, mundanely legal. I'll explain. My egregious behavior at intersections, despite its openness, regularity, and the potential expense of ra...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-10-25-dont-hate-me-becau...

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