This dude is what I stereotype as the Bad E-biker. This guy couldn’t stand being passed by anyone! After I passed him for cruising slowly in the bike lane, he couldn’t take the fact that someone had passed him and in turn had to pass me. And in a typical fashion, obviously slowed down in front of me once he passed.
He then thought he could overtake a car that had slowed down to allow another car to come out of the parking lane and rode out into the fast lane to pass but couldn’t get enough speed. He ended up being dangerously caught between two lanes (riding along the white lines) until the car he wanted to pass graciously slowed down so that he could go back into the bike lane.
I don’t believe that cyclists should be licensed (although there have been times when I’ve wished that bicycle licenses were required along with expensive insurance just to keep ignorant, selfish, too-cool-for-school cyclists off the road), but when it comes to ebikes I really think that licenses should be issued. (And when I talk about ebikes, I’m referring to the ones that are like low-powered scooters, not bicycles that come with an electric assist where you actually need to pedal.)
Many times ebikers conveniently forget the rules of the road and use the streets as both a bike and a car – the speedier option wins. If licenses were required, there would at least be a minimum level of knowledge that I assume would come from the licensing process which would make things safer for everyone.
In my hierarchy of road users that I hate, Bad E-bikers come second to the Selfish Cellphone-Using Driver. That is how much I despise them.
On that positive note, I hope everyone has a great weekend free of douchey ebikers!
Yesterday morning I witnessed a cyclist get squished between a parked car and an SUV lane changing to park.
It was quite horrifying because it happened so quickly and the cyclist tumbled off of his bike hitting the pavement quite hard.
Luckily the cyclist didn’t break any bones and his bike didn’t sustain any mechanical damage.
I offered to call the police to file a report a few times but the cyclist declined each time and I think the driver was being extra contrite to keep the cyclist from getting the police involved.
So do you know what’s really terrible?
After I reamed the driver out and we all exchanged contact information, I couldn’t help myself. I just had to give my two-cents to the the cyclist about how he passed me really, really close (because he didn’t want to hop into the next lane and cross over the streetcar tracks) at a high speed and failed to ring his bell. This was right after a stretch of clear road and then some parked cars were coming up, so I was shoulder checking and then woooosh. If I had veered even a centimetre to the left we would have totally collided.
I even shot down his excuse for not having a bell telling him it was the law.
I know. I know. Talking about kicking a guy while he was down, but I couldn’t help it. I had to tell him!!
And it gets worse. In my head I couldn’t help but think ‘Karma’s a bitch isn’t it?’
TERRIBLE!! So ya, that’s me. A sanctimonious cow*.
Hope everyone’s long weekend is filled with alert and considerate drivers and courteous cyclists and most importantly accident free. Happy cycling!!
*a term that Lainey Liu uses as a nickname for a certain Hollywood A-lister. While it isn’t a term that is used exclusively by her, I like it as much as her made up words like ‘thinnification’ and ‘gorgessity’
Is it just me, or has the number of queue jumpers increased a lot this summer?
If you are super fast and you don’t impede the riders that you’ve just past, fine, I have no problems with you queue jumping. (The guys in the photo above and below were really fast)
But this guy below? He was super slow, riding a squeaky chained rust machine. At every single light he would slowly creak up to the front of the queue, even when one time I stopped right in the middle of the bike lane to try to stop him from passing me. And then when the light turns green, we would all have to bike into traffic and ride around him.
It’s kind of crazy to think that people like him are so oblivious to the things around him and his level of self-awareness is so low. Or maybe it’s just plain selfishness.
Living in Toronto, I’ve gotten used to the lack of respect most of the citizens have for our city. The litter on the streets, in the parks and most public areas is pretty bad. There’s a lot of cigarette butts but also piles discarded food, coffee cups and even household trash. I routinely see people casually drop their food wrappers or empty cigarette boxes on the sidewalk, as if it’s no big deal. And it doesn’t matter which neighbourhood, the litter issue is everywhere in this city!
So finding that someone has used my bike basket as a trash can shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it still enrages me!
Especially when it’s parked outside a quiet strip of Front Street during the week day. It’s not like the many times I’ve found empty cigarette boxes in my basket after my bike is locked up defenceless in a neighbourhood that gets filled with drunk douchebags at night. I mean, this still makes me mad too but maybe I think that people who eat yogurt should know better than a drunk person on College Street?
I don’t know. Either way – how thoughtless and rude!