Gini Dietrich

Rules of the Road

By: Gini Dietrich | June 28, 2011 | 

My very first two-person time trial

This is not a blog post about PR or marketing. It’s not a blog post about social media. It’s not even a blog post about entrepreneurship or leadership.

But it’s a post about something I care deeply about so I hope you’ll grant me a little leeway today.

Family History

My dad rode his bike my entire life. Mostly because we only had one car and he had two jobs and there was only one way for him to get to work. But he was always on that bike and it didn’t matter if it was sunny or snowing. He rode.

We all fought cycling because of this. I took up running in my 20s and ran a few marathons and countless races. My little (younger, he’s way bigger than me) brother, Austin, had a running scholarship in college, where he raced nearly every weekend.

And then we both woke up (me because I’d had too many scopes on my knee and him because he was bored) and started cycling.

I’ve only been cycling for about six years (I think this is my seventh season, actually), but it’s my true love. I probably wouldn’t have loved it as much had I started from pressure from my dad. But I love it now. It’s like brushing my teeth. I can’t really go a day without a ride.

Cyclists On the Road

I don’t ride to annoy people driving in their cars. I don’t ride to hog the road. I certainly don’t ride because I have a death wish.

But there are many, many, many people who get behind the wheel of a car and become different personas of themselves. They think cyclists are there as moving targets. They think we ride just to annoy drivers.

For instance, on Saturday, I rode 43 miles. In that 43 miles, I had a woman open her door into the bike lane, nearly taking me out. I had a woman turning left into the bike lane so she could turn right a few blocks down. I had a mailman speed past me, only to brake hard so he could turn right in front of me. I had a convertible go around me as the guy behind the wheel flipped me off. I had a guy tap my back wheel WITH HIS CAR because he thought I was going too slowly and he wanted me out of the way.

Mind you. I was in the bike lane for all of this. And this was only one day. Also keep in mind that, for most of the riding, the speed limit is 25 mph. I averaged 19.85 mph on Saturday, which meant, in some cases I was riding the speed limit or even speeding with the cars around me.

Rules Of the Road

There are rules of the road. If the bike lane is blocked or impaired, cyclists have a right to be on the road. If there isn’t a bike lane, cyclists have a right to be on the road. Cyclists can ride two across. It’s the law. But we also have to obey traffic rules, which I know isn’t the case for all of us. It makes me angry when I see a cyclist running a light or moving through traffic against the flow. He makes it bad for all of us.

But the fact of the matter is, no matter how you feel about it, cyclists have as much right to be on the road as cars.

So, the next time you have to make a split decision about making that turn before the cyclist crosses your path, wait the extra three seconds and don’t risk his or her life. I thank you on behalf of the cycling community around the world.

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About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • John_Trader1

    Thanks for sharing this Gini, we can always use a reminder on proper respect for the biking community. It also ruffles my feathers to see bikers disobeying the rules of the road because I think that it feeds the fire for motorists to further ignore ALL bikers and disregard their right of way.

    I saw your headline in my feed and thought….hmmm, how will Gini spin this headline into a marketing/pr/social media post, I’m excited to find out! Happy to see that the content was something dear to you and lessons that all of us can learn from.

  • ginidietrich

    @John_Trader1 It’s definitely straying from the norm, but by Sunday, I was really upset. I agree there are some bag eggs that make it rough for all of us, but jeez. If someone hits a cyclist, not because they’ve disobeyed the traffic laws, but because they’re just mad about them on the road? Big, big trouble. As in jail time trouble.

  • Don’t apologize for talking about something you want to talk about- this is your show. We’ll come to watch. markwschaefer had his brag day you can have your bike day!

  • ginidietrich

    @faybiz I really thought about it and decided that it’s important enough. If I can raise awareness with a handful of people, that’s a part of why I do this blogging thing.

  • kamkansas

    Gini, you are so right! It’s scary how some drivers refuse to share the road, and that has to change! Here’s a link to a blog post I wrote about this issue. I thought you might find it interesting. Have a great day, and be safe out there, cyclists!

  • kamkansas

    Great post! (My two cents in comments) RT @ginidietrich Rules of the Road via @spinsucks

  • ginidietrich

    @kamkansas Oh goodie! Headed over there now to read it. Thanks for the link!

  • @ginidietrich True dat!

    as a lapsed biker, I can definitely empathize and like John below was expecting something else but thats cool!

  • CristerDelaCruz

    Thank you. Sometimes I get so angry at drivers and “path sharers” that I think the health benefits of cycling are offset by the high-blood-pressure I get just *by* cycling. But you’re right… even though I don’t love it as much as you… there’s no other feeling like it.

  • ginidietrich

    @CristerDelaCruz LOL! You’re right – your heart rate goes up and then you’ve defeated the purpose! Don’t get me started on the bike path. I avoid it at all costs. People just don’t get it.

  • CristerDelaCruz

    Ok, I’ve got my blood pressure a bit elevated just thinking about the stupidity out there 🙂 But I have to add, cyclists (or better defined as those who ride bikes, and there IS a difference, right?) are sometimes just as bone-headed.

    I can see why some drivers can clump everyone who rides the two-wheeled-things and get antagonistic. How about “Rules of the Road, Part II: For Those Who Ride Bikes” (Yes, those of you who don’t think that a red light at an intersection applies to you). LOL!

  • CristerDelaCruz

    Ok, I’ve got my blood pressure a bit elevated just thinking about the stupidity out there 🙂 But I have to add, cyclists (or better defined as those who ride bikes, and there IS a difference, right?) are sometimes just as bone-headed.

    I can see why some drivers can clump everyone who rides the two-wheeled-things and get antagonistic. How about “Rules of the Road, Part II: For Those Who Ride Bikes” (Yes, those who don’t think that a red light at an intersection applies). *sigh* I miss Napa Valley roads.

    I’m turning into an “angry biker chick” as lisagerber called herself on Saturday 🙂

  • davevandewalle

    I am all for it – I am extra mindful of the bike lane, and I am respectful of bike traffic.

    But this is a quid pro quo – I demand that bikers treat the road with the same respect.

    Where I live, a Chicago suburb, I don’t know how many times I see a biker run a red light or blow through a stop sign; I get the feeling that, because they are in what looks like a professional cycling outfit, they think they can get away with it.

    I know YOU obey the traffic laws, and I know quite a few others do as well. Still, like the pedestrian who walks when it isn’t their turn and the driver who disobeys the “No Turn on Red” sign, the disobeying biker is out there.

  • plgraham

    it goes both ways to be sure, but i like this: RT @ginidietrich For my cycling and running friends, this is for you

  • CristerDelaCruz

    @davevandewalle I totally agree with you (see my little rant below 🙂 It’s worse in the city where (mostly) it’s not the cyclists, but the recreational person-on-a-bike who doesn’t realize that not wearing a helmet and zooming through a red light can get them killed. Which in turn makes drivers want to intentionally do so (I say that jokingly, but actually, I’m pretty sure some do).

  • @davevandewalle There is a guy that lives in my neighborhood that is militant about cyclist rights. At at red lights he will stop his bike in front of cars and only start cycling again when the light turns green.

    I normally don’t mind sharing the road but this makes me crazy because the only time that I get stuck behind him is when I am late. Though he is fast, he doesn’t move off the “starting line” that quickly.

  • ElizabethWeiland

    And as a cyclist it is equally important to play by the rules of the road. I was out on a ride on Sunday and was startled by the screech of tires and a loud horn honking. A biker was crossing against a red light and a car, who had the green, had to screech to a stop to avoid hitting her. After she backed up and he went by, She Did It Again! Cyclists and Cars share the road and both need to look, pay attention for the other, follow the rules of the road, and be respectful.

  • jennwhinnem

    I only get mad at cyclists who ride on the sidewalk and nearly take me out (as a pedestrian). Typically that’s not a Serious Cyclist like you Gini – typically that’s the casual DC bike rider. RRrr

    Otherwise, respect, even though you’ll never catch me doing something that requires coordination.

  • RichBurghgraef

    I agree completely Gini! I run every other morning (for me, it was the opposite, I used to ride all the time but I found running is actually better for my back) and on pretty much every run I have to dodge people who decide stop signs are optional or in other ways just figure that I don’t have any rights and I should just get out of their way. I can understand somewhat when I was out running at 6AM in February when it was still dark and people were probably still asleep; but it is late June, the longest days of the year. The sun is bringhtly shining and I’m pretty easy to spot!

  • It’s intriguing you use the term cyclists whereas I say bikers. Yeah yeah I know that conjures images of Laconia and Sturgis, but I have also ridden my bike since I was in my single digits and I haven’t looked back. During my post-college years I also entered some 20-30-mile rides just for the heck of it. Maybe it’s the different geographies we live, but I blink when you write cyclist because I say you’re a biker.

  • rustyspeidel

    Impatience, pride, ignorance and uncertainty drive most of this.

    Impatience, because we cyclists are riding slower than they want and are impeding their precious progress. This makes them antsy and then they start pulling all those ugly stunts like accelerating vindictively and then slamming brakes to “send us a message.” Or accelerating to pass, then slamming on the brakes to turn right. Or my favorite, accelerating through the ride start zone while we are all sitting there getting organized, scaring the shit out of everyone. Boy, that showed US!

    Pride, because neither side is willing to give in. These damn bikers need to find something else to do! This is a damn road for CARS! Plus those shorts are stupid! These damn motorists need to learn RESPECT, so I’m not going to get out of their way!! I have RIGHTS! Stop signs are for cars, not bikes!!

    Ignorance of the laws, from both sides, or a general lack of interest in them. Some folks just don’t care. Some even enjoy scaring bikers. The 2-wide law might be legit, but I’m not sure it’s a good one. We need to stop at stops signs and lights! We need to stop standing in the middle of the road before we start. We need to respect the fact that we are smaller, slower, and more vulnerable than cars. We tend to retain more goodwill if we quickly move to single-file, wave traffic through when it’s safe, and then acknowledge their patience if they exhibit any. We had 20 riders last night, but we worked with the traffic very well, let them win, and had no issues.

    Uncertainty of behavior. Will the biker swerve in front of me? Are those bikes going to move over or not? Will that car slam on its brakes and try to turn right after it passes (this happens WAAAAY too often)? Is that truck REALLY as close as it seems? Did that guy really just throw that beer can at me? The worst is when there are approaching cars in both lanes, and your guy decides he can squeeze past if he hurries. REALLY bad. It might buy an extra 10 seconds, but it also might get 10 people killed.

    Overall, swallow the pride, be aware of and accept each others’ presence on the road, and it’s all good. Unless they’ve been drinking on the way home from work. Maybe that’s just a country thing…

  • ElizabethWeiland

    @RichBurghgraef This happens to me all the time as a pedestrian. Cars just sideswipe me to keep rushing past, even when I have the light and am in the crosswalk. “King of the Road”, indeed!

  • Thank you so much for this! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been run off the road, nearly hit, actually hit, yelled at by cars for no apparent reason and suffered injury after injury because the choice was often flip over into the (lake, bramble, swamp, fill in your medium here) or be hit by a motorist. I went from living in an extremely bike friendly community (Portland, Oregon), to an extremely unfriendly one (Florida)… was a huge culture shock and I’m surprised I lived through those first few months of it.

    That being said, I’d like to also add that there are a ton of cyclists that have no idea what they are doing and give the rest of us a bad name. They are rude, don’t share the road as they should and are tyrants and completely oblivious to anyone else on the road. My big pet peeve here is all the cyclists that ride on sidewalks…seriously, sidewalks are for walkers and stupid runners who don’t know that running on concrete will kill your knees….not cyclists.

    Whew…ok, that rant is over….good article!

  • Two of my friends have been hit by cars (one of them was hit by a cab), in Chicago. One of them was in the hospital with a brain injury. Thankfully, he’s okay (I just went to his wedding, this past weekend), but wow, it was a really scary experience.

    I’m not sure what the answer is, but the driver-cyclist relationship needs some help.

  • HowieSPM

    That is why I mountain bike. Drivers can suck. people can suck. (btw @joey_strawn I am sending you your royalty money for using your trademarked term). and with a mountain bike I can jump curbs ride on people’s lawns or even over people if needed 8)

    But in reality give me a dirt road in the backwoods or some single track where there aren’t people or vehicles. I loved riding down in the beach cities in Los Angeles (Venice was my favorite) but still nothing beats nature. I once had a car turn in front of me in Manhattan Beach causing me to hit the car since he turned and then slowed fast. I didn’t get hurt and I scratched the guys rear passenger door. He got out and wanted to fight me. I don’t fight. I flipped him the bird called him an ass (hadn’t learned the term asshat yet ( @DannyBrown ) and went riding away. He definitely was an asshat.

    And being someone forced into running I hear ya on the knees. I need to get a bike asap.

    Thanks for a post near and dear to my heart.

  • ginidietrich

    @Ari Herzog I guess it’s semantics, Ari. Bikers are seen as people who ride motorcycles. That I am not.

  • ginidietrich

    @CristerDelaCruz Totally agree, which is why it makes me angry to see (usually guys) cyclists playing with destiny or not obeying the traffic laws. I’ve been known to stop my bike in front of the car and ask them what they’d like to do. I definitely get angry, but I obey the laws (most of the time – sometimes I do ride through four way stops).

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @Ari Herzog Gini you could definitely be a biker. But Type AA’s often ride Crotch Rockets vs Harley Cruiser types. That would require a bright leather jumpsuit. Do you have one?

  • HowieSPM

    @jennwhinnem aren’t you the one who drove up on the sidewalk to hit me on my bike Jenn? Then you got out…looked down at me mockingly…blew your vuvuzela and drove off laughing?

  • ginidietrich

    @davevandewalle I agree and if you do that and get hit, it’s your fault. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about riding in the bike lane and some jerk wanting to turn right so he taps my wheel. HE TAPPED MY WHEEL! I was doing everything by the book. He was behind me. He was impatient. What would have happened if I hadn’t caught myself and fallen into traffic? Unfortunately this kind of stuff happens all the time…when cyclists ARE following the law.

  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB @davevandewalle It’s hard to move off the starting line, but I do the same thing if the person in the car has made some aggressive move at me. If I’m just at a light, I’ll move over so the cars can pass.

  • @ginidietrich @CristerDelaCruz that is exactly it!!! I get so worked up, flipping people off, knocking on their cars, yelling at people, there is no relaxation in it. I just rode in this morning and did lots of educating on my way. 🙂

  • I relate, but as a pedestrian. I cannot tell you how many times I have nearly been run over by people not paying attention (I am very good about crossing in crosswalks too) and you would think that “she lives in a small town. It should be safe there.” You would be wrong.

    I live next door to a bar one the busiest street in my small town. A drunk hopped the curb, and crashed into my front stairs. This was two weeks ago. Very scary stuff. Thankfully I was not home, or my son would have been terrified.

    It is easier (and safer) to cross the street in Midtown Manhattan than it is to cross some of my streets here! i empathize with what you guys must go through. I would kill someone. Which is why I will stick to walking.

  • ginidietrich

    @ElizabethWeiland I agree, but that’s not what this is about. I obey the traffic laws. There is only one person I can control. And that’s me. I can’t control what other cyclists do, though I’m militant about making them obey the laws when they ride with me. I also can raise awareness of how dangerous it is when a car, a lethal weapon, cuts me off while I’m riding in the bike lane, to save him or herself three seconds.

  • If the bike lane is being abused by drivers, they’re asshats. But I see plenty of cyclists abusing the road too (yes, asshole, red lights mean you too). It’s a bit of six of one and half a dozen of the other, it seems.

    And I still think cyclists should pay some form of road tax if they want to complain about the lack of cycling lanes, too… 😉

  • ginidietrich

    @jennwhinnem And they shouldn’t be on the sidewalk. They should be on the road. It’s against the law in Chicago to ride on the sidewalk.

  • ginidietrich

    @ElizabethWeiland @RichBurghgraef Our office is at Grand and Clark, with a two lane turn that turns right off of Grand onto Clark. You would not believe how many near misses I’ve seen of people who are crossing with the light, in the crosswalk, and cars just decide to turn anyway.

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM I think I’ll have to buy one. What color?

  • ginidietrich

    @rustyspeidel I think you just wrote your next song.

  • ginidietrich

    @DannyBrown In Chicago, we DO pay a road tax. And we’re required to carry a membership in the U.S. Cycling Association if we want to do any team riding. Yet the roads still suck, the bike lanes have huge holes in them, or there aren’t lanes at all. Our new Mayor wants to change all of that. We’ll see how he does.

  • @jennwhinnem bikes do NOT belong on the sidewalk. completely agree.

  • ginidietrich

    @LauraPetrolino Why would anyone even want to ride on the sidewalk? You’d be constantly starting and stopping. What a huge pain.

  • ginidietrich

    @KatieFassl We’ll see what Rahm does in the city for this relationship. He has big plans!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM A funny story that is related, only because you mentioned mountain bikes. The first time I went mountain biking was in Cabo San Lucas. We had guides because I guess it’s really dangerous to ride there alone. They gave me three rules: Don’t fall off your bike, don’t fall in a crack (which really were craters), and don’t bleed…we just washed the fan. I did all three.

  • ginidietrich

    @NancyD68 I think it’s easier in Manhattan because of the sheer number of people who are in the crosswalks at one time. I would kill myself if I had to drive there.

  • @ginidietrich Nobody drives in Manhattan! That is why God invented the subway!

  • @ginidietrich I have no flipping idea, but I am ashamed to admit the irrational anger that arises in me when I’m walking my dog and…..DING, DING, DING….some dork decked out in neon green cycling gear…on a cruiser….is alerting me of his presence. It takes all my composure to not chase these idiots down and…..

    I’m going to stop now 🙂

  • Great post. I think everyone needs to slow down, take a deep breath and remember what’s important. There’s no need to risk anyone’s life or safety only to get somewhere a couple minutes faster. As a runner, I can semi sympathize with you. Although my dad is a cyclist and ever since he explained to me what a cyclist has to deal with on the road I have always been much more cognizant.

    Actually just recently a car hit me because I was yielding for a cyclist and they were clearly not paying attention. The other driver was irrate and turns out the insurance ruled it the fault of both parties….although I clearly was the one paying attention. Umph. 😉

  • So I’m thinking a biking/bloggers tour across North America…Hmmmmm

  • I think that this does have a lot to do with social media. People interact with machines differently than they do with other people, whether the machine is a car or a computer. it’s very easy to forget that at the wheel or keyboard of the other machine is a human because the main interaction is human on machine.

    It’s one of my pet theories, and I wrote about it some time ago:

  • rustyspeidel

    @HowieSPM @joey_strawn @DannyBrown We can MTB here very easily also. But in a lot of cities, it’s just not much of an option.

  • rustyspeidel

    @ginidietrich @HowieSPM ok, that’s a little bit funny.

  • ginidietrich

    @LauraScholz Seriously is right!

  • ginidietrich

    @CristerDelacruz We should have bumper stickers made!

  • ginidietrich

    @Grog_jd Thank you!

  • @ginidietrich @DannyBrown just as in the PR industry, there are plenty of cyclists that give us a bad name. I saw some this morning as I rode in. and it does seem like they planned all the manholes to fall right in the middle of the bike lanes. I wonder if the mayor can fix that.

    PS. thank you so much for reminding me Canada Day is Friday. I’m headed home Friday night and will make sure and celebrate with my Canadian husband, who hasn’t said a word about it. He’ll be so proud of me for knowing!! I mean, I made him stomp the glass in our wedding ceremony, the least I could do is remember Canada Day.

  • ginidietrich

    @darealya Morning! Well…not morning!

  • Carts888

    Hi Gini – nice blog…. I have been hit by cars in 3 different continents whilst on a bike (nothing major) – so ‘feel the pain’.. Just about to start trying my luck on the roads of New York State (fingers crossed)….

    If you love your cycling – and you have not been – then head down to the South Island of New Zealand (Pedaller’s Paradise) – no one on the roads, and anyone who is – is pretty happy to see you… Combined with stunning vistas, and plenty of coffee shops / sweet emporiums to refuel at!! Just spent a month doing just that – some (very long) detail here if you want more insight into the experience –

    Keep pedallin’!!


  • darealya

    @ginidietrich you’re up 😀 lol yes good afternoon my dear

  • @ginidietrich @Ari Herzog I think it also comes down to context. “She’s the school bike” is different from “she’s the school cyclist”…

  • autumnmthompson

    I am a runner and feel like sometimes I’m taking my life in my own hands. I haven’t made the jump to cycling because of my nervousness. My husband has started cycling in the past few years. We live in a small town with no bike lanes. I always have in the back of my mind when he should be home. Last week one of our friends was hit by a driver who turned in front of him. Luckily, the only thing hurt was his $6K bike. After landing on her windshield, the only injury was a bruise from his cell phone in his back pocket. I hope people will realize cyclist are someone’s husband, wife, loved one, father, mother, friend. Is their life worth any less because they are on a bike? Is the 6 seconds you gain from speeding by them really going to make a difference?

    Recently, I ran with my husband and he kept yelling car back at me. I said, I don’t know what you are talking about! Then I realized he has become a cyclist and not a runner anymore.

  • Come to France for a ride, a real one <3 Y

  • mitchellfriedmn

    @ginidietrich BIG problem in San Francisco is that cyclists think they own road (don’t obey traffic signals, etc.). Very scary for all.

  • aakomas

    @ginidietrich Well said Gini! Glad you didn’t get hurt.

  • janinecarroll

    @ginidietrich Great story! Thank you for sharing.

  • ParkRidgeDDS

    Wow…that was a very compelling post. A post that needed to be written. My issues in the past with bicyclists has only been when they are not obeying the rules of the road. I live out in a rural area and biking on weekends is very popular. One beautiful day last year, I was driving in my car on the country roads in a very hilly area. In those hilly areas I go significantly below the speed limit because I am never sure what might be coming up over the hill in the other direction. As I was driving up a steep incline, I was slowing down as I approached the top and it was VERY good that I did because as I began my descent, there before me were a row of bicyclists spanning the whole road and, had I been going fast (or maybe even just the speed limit) they would have been wiped out. I was very shaken by this experience. And these were people who seemed to take their passion very seriously…helmets, bike outfits and gear, etc. But they apparently didn’t take the rules of the road very seriously. But, @ginidietrich , I will forever look at every bicyclist differently because of your post…I will remember that it might be you and I will be mindful and respectful of their rights as a bicyclist. Thank you <3

  • @rustyspeidel <i>Impatience, because we cyclists are riding slower than they want and are impeding their precious progress.</i> That is a legitimate issue. If you are driving a car you can be cited for driving too slowly.

    I wouldn’t call myself a cyclist but I do like to ride my bike so I am well acquainted with many of the bad behaviors of drivers. But pride as a cyclist is a dangerous thing because steel beats flesh every time.

  • @ginidietrich @davevandewalle You have a lot of faith in the brakes and reflexes of the drivers out there. I understand why you would be angry if someone made an aggressive move, but I am not a fan of taunting the driver. People are nuts.

    Friend of mine got pissed off because a driver intentionally slammed on their brakes in front of them. At the next light he pulled in front of them to force them to slow down.

    Moments later they pulled alongside of him and threw a bunch of crap at him. People are so crazy now that I am really careful about what I do- doesn’t matter whether they are cycling or driving.

    But my big pet peeve among the two wheeled folk belongs to motorcycle splitting the lanes because they have come so damn close to getting hit. Even if you are attentive you still have blind spots on a car.

  • I love this post and think that it is something that everyone needs to be conscious about. I have been riding for year, but am taking the year off following shoulder surgery following a nasty accident.

    Last year was perhaps my most awful year cycling as I got in four accidents over the year. The first three were caused by a tourist, a jogger and an idiot all on the bike path along the Charles River in Boston.

    The other was having a lady open her door while riding in traffic. While the door was not a new thing, there was nowhere to go and I was literally five feet from it when she opened it. So needless to say I was knocked off the bike and then run over by a car tearing the labrum in my shoulder that is still under some heavy PT.

    The funny thing was that the accident didn’t surprise me and I was shocked that it took so long to happen. Drivers just do not respect the bike lane and in the last year can remember kicking off of delivery trucks who merged without looking for a bike, slamming into a cab who cut me off and slammed the brakes, and some asshole who rode behind me in a pickup for 2 miles in the bike lane so that I could feel the heat laying on the horn telling me I wasn’t going fast enough… Hopefully asshats start to get it.

  • tgrevatt

    @ginidietrich Great blog post, I’m shocked at the incidences on one ride. Are you in town or burbs? Keep safe.

  • ginidietrich

    @faybiz I needed to get it out of my system! 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB The problem is that it’s impossible, in some cases, for you to ride the speed limit. I’ve gotten a speeding ticket on my bike so it’s not the case in some speed zones.

  • ginidietrich

    @LauraPetrolino What do you expect? You live in the retired heaven on earth state.

  • ginidietrich

    @rustyspeidel I’ve never told you that story?! It was VERY funny. And the guides lived in the mountains during the summer. This will July. They smelled so badly I had to keep riding in front of them.

  • ginidietrich

    @NancyD68 And cabs.

  • ginidietrich

    @Marcus_Sheridan I actually almost did that last year. I was going to do the Ride Across America and blog from every stop. But, well, business life got in the way.

  • lkr

    @ginidietrich Gini you may want to get involved w! I worked with them when I lived in Chicago, great organization

  • ginidietrich

    @rachaelseda How the heck was that your fault?!

  • LauraScholz

    @ginidietrich And I am seriously getting some cheese dip tonight. 🙂

  • I ran, simply because I’m asthmatic and couldn’t run all my childhood. I ran cross country in college and then kept running until a few years ago when my body started to tell me it just wasn’t good for me.

    Now I only ride on trails with my mountain bike. The moronic behavior of drivers you mention and the death of a close friend (because an old lady was looking for her mobile in her bag) is exactly why I don’t cycle on roads.

    The only real danger is being mistaken for game in hunting season, or going down a hill slightly too fast.

    @DannyBrown is right, I almost hit a bicycle this morning because he didn’t stop at his red light.

    However beyond the behavior drivers shouldn’t forget that the balance of power is unfair. If a bike hits you he’s probably going to hurt a lot more than you. When you squeeze a rider think that he/she can fall and then what do you do?

    Hopefully gas prices will go high enough and this solve the problem once and for all.

  • @ginidietrich If you bleed you’re not really mountain biking@HowieSPM

  • @ginidietrich But you are a member of a biker group@Ari Herzog

  • @ginidietrich @HowieSPM i definitely need to hear that whole story. LOL.

  • @johnfalchetto @ginidietrich @HowieSPM wait. do you mean if you DON’T bleed?

  • debdobson62

    Gini, what a great and very important post to write. Years ago, I was riding on a quiet, isolated newly paved road when I heard a car coming from behind me. I got over to the far right side to let the car pass. No mind you, this was a pretty wide road, not narrow. When the car got beside me, it swerved toward me and I ended up in a bloody, scraped up heap with a cracked helmet and messed up front wheel. The car came to a stop and as I sat up, I could see the driver looking in the rear view mirror. Then the driver drove off.

    I would like to say that he didn’t see me, not likely, or that something caused him to swerve. The fact that he paused, then drove off makes it tough to believe that. I’ve given up cycling for tennis these days, but had close calls that were either from drivers not wanting to share the road or being distracted.

    Thanks Gini for an important post.

  • ginidietrich

    @johnfalchetto @HowieSPM I fell off the bike, into a crevice, which made me bleed. @Lisa Gerber

  • C_Pappas

    First of all you average over 19 mph on your bike?! I dont follow cycling or know too much about it that sounds pretty frickin unbelievable! The rules I always knew and grew up with was pedestrians first, cyclists second and cars last. Which means cars need to yield for the first two no matter what. I cannot believe how these drivers were acting! I am more nervous and extra cautious around cyclers (is that the term?) because I want them to be safe and I know because I am in a car that I sort of have the upperhand. Be careful riders!

  • @ginidietrich @TheJackB You’ve gotten a speeding ticket on your bike!!!??????

  • I’m a runner and I ‘share’ the road which can be pretty iffy at times, especially pre-dawn so as a driver I am respectful of pedestrians, runners and bikers on the road. I’ve had my share of waving and not showing all my fingers both giving and taking.

    HOWEVER, as a driver it can be annoying having to deal with it. You can paint it anyway you like and I hear ya and support ya, but it doesn’t make it any less aggravating. I know, everybody just needs to slow down, be patient and take a deep breath, but roads really weren’t made to be shared like that…………….just sayin’………………..

    I don’t have to tell you, but NEVER assume anything; never assume you know what that driver is going to do and always be prepared to take evasive action. Car vs bike – we know who will win.

    Posts like these certainly help create awareness, but unless you are a biker or runner I don’t think the drivers will ever fully appreciate where you are coming from.

  • As a (former) cyclist, I can totally understand and relate to this post. I must say I’m shocked that it occurred in Chicago – I thought that was a backwards rural South thing.

    I say former, with a small glimmer of hope for cycling again one day. Until then, I’m a runner. I started as a mtn biker only to feel to out of control in that realm and then gleefully shift to road riding. I live in a very rural area and started the one and only bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group (eons ago – i was such a radical!).. I lobbied that bike lanes be included in master transportation plans (which they are now); I worked with the NC Dept of Transportation to do the same (they are now), but just having the facilities in place, doesn’t mean they are maintained or that the other users of the road understand the rules for their use. I held education forums, shifted the perspective a nano- meter, but without the presence of cyclists on the road, the dollars to maintain the roads and lanes, and the consistent education of ALL users (can we say DMV integration here?), it’s an ebb and flow in acceptance and flat out aggression.

    I absolutely adore road riding. I loved the ground I could cover, the feeling of ‘drafting’ and the bragging rights of going *that* distance. What I hated was the ignorance of drivers who thought we shouldn’t be there. I love your post and hope it can somehow educate a few. Glad you’re ok!

  • Ben Buchwalter

    This is a great blog post. I think it’s so unfortunate that there is so much bad will between motorists and cyclists. At the end of the day, everyone is simply trying to reach a destination by using their preferred mode of travel. As long as both motorists and cyclists are sharing the road, I see no reason why there should be any antagonism between any city travelers. The simple fact is that it’s much more dangerous to ride a bike through the city than to ride in a car. Cyclists are not protected by the same metal and glass frame as car drivers. But when it comes to avoiding bike accidents, the burden lies on both cyclists and motorists. Cyclists need to obey the rules of the road and stay attentive of all changes on the road. Drivers also have a responsibility to watch out for pedestrians and cyclists at city intersections. And even though it’s not always easy to predict if there is a cyclist coming, it isn’t difficult to take an extra second to check the bike lane to make sure you are not opening your door into a pedestrian or cyclist.

    Essentially, it comes down to simple courtesy and common sense. Hopefully we’ll see safer roads in the coming years. Stay safe, everyone! And thanks for sharing this blog post!

  • rustyspeidel

    @EricaAllison get back out there!!

  • rustyspeidel

    @C_Pappas don’t let her fool you. it’s flat there, and windy. 😉

  • rustyspeidel

    @ginidietrich @Marcus_Sheridan our good friend scott is ding it right now.

  • rustyspeidel

    @Lisa Gerber @ginidietrich @HowieSPM i wreck almost every ride at least once. otherwise, what’s the point? 😉

  • @johnfalchetto Hey now. I live in a city with terrible public transportation. Don’t go pushing those prices up so quickly. You don’t want my children to go hungry do you. 😉

  • @TheJackB Hungry? No way Jack!

  • kmtirpitz

    @ginidietrich I like elders reaction to having to get over and the yellow line.

  • BestRoofer

    I’m just glad that I road more miles than Gini on Saturday. Not quite that average speed though so we won’t talk about that. We don’t have bike lanes here. I ride in the road and try to be courteous to cars (they’re bigger than I am). I often get frustrated by drivers, especially those on cell phones, who seem like they are trying to kill me. Can’t we all just get along?

  • SeanMalarkey

    @ginidietrich i didnt know you rode??? my bike –

  • KevinVandever

    I think everyone who drives a car should be forced to ride a bicycle as a primary means of transportation for some period of time. This is the only way they (we) will understand what it’s like from a bicyclist’s point of view. I have ridden to work while living in Chicago and Los Angeles and although no one has ever tapped my back tire with his car, I have experienced most of what you have — not in one day, though.

    One Sunday afternoon about nine years ago, I was riding with my family through the streets of Oak Park, IL and someone in a car pulled into the bike lane behind us ready to make a right turn once we cleared the intersection. All seemed ok, until the car sped around us, honked the horn and made a quick right turn in front of us. I was extremely pissed off at this move until I realized that the whole scene had really scared my youngest daughter…then I was doubly, majorly, extremely pissed off and so I took off after the car. Yes, you can imagine a chase scene through the quiet, tree-lined streets of Oak Park. I am sure I broke many laws during my pursuit as did the perpetrator, who noticed I was chasing and was actually trying to lose me. They eventually lost me but not after I literally chased them out of town. I felt like I should have pulled up to a saloon, thrown my biking helmet down on the bar and downed a shot a whiskey, but Oak Park doesn’t have regular bars and I would have had to ride to Forest Park and by then…well, you know.

    I am not sure what I would have done if I had caught the car (I’m a lover, not a fighter) and although the comedy of the event was lost on me at the time, riding back to find where I left my family, I did chuckle at myself a little. When I eventually found my family again, they were shocked that I had reacted like that. The “what ifs” started coming from my wife and we all rode back home not saying much. Hey, I got a great workout, though.

    Anyway, I agree with you Gini that folks take on a different persona when they get behind the wheel of a car. Most feel protected by the metal and would not dare to act as aggressively and stupidly walking around in public. It reminds me of the Bill Cosby bit where he says, “alcohol intensifies one’s personality so if you’re already an a-hole…”

    I think the same holds true for automobiles.

  • And hence why I only ride trails and my trainer now. I’m not willing to place my life in the path or hands of selfish and ignorant drivers. I prefer to share many more years with my 4 kids and wife.

  • nateriggs

    I’m feeling inspired now because as a runner who’s never actually hunkered down and spent the money on e decent bike, my knees have had it. It’s either spend the money on a bike, or pay it to a orthopedic surgeon.

    I wish insurance companies covered road bikes under preventative care… alas.

  • ShadBoots

    @ginidietrich As a pedestrian, I have similar problems. Drivers ignore you, even if it is your turn. Couldn’t imagine being on a bike.

  • girlygrizzly


    I had a truck driver bump my tire when I was a kid (12-13) going down the highway while at my Granddad’s place in the summer. I was so scared I had to stop and have a good cry! I’ve been hit, thrown and ended up in the hospital. had bones broken. Sadly, I’ve also been in the vehicle, listened and witnessed the road rage driver mentality. (I of course, with my mild manner, suggested that maybe they shouldn’t do such a thing)

    All I can say is you be careful. Be Careful. You mean a lot to a lot of people. ~Amber-Lee

  • @rustyspeidel @EricaAllison I agree with Rusty

  • achinurtip7
  • It’s amazing the kind of stories that come from dedicated cyclists who are nearly run off of the road by drivers who think they own every single inch of asphalt. My dad’s cousin owns a road bike shop, Cranky’s ( ), and he’s been riding his entire life. Some of the stories he’s told are horrible — he’s been hit by cars, run off the road, etc. I love him and I don’t want anything to happen to him, but it’s hard when you’re up against so many (crazy) drivers and it’s something he can’t live without. All we can do is tell him to be careful and hope that nothing horrible happens.

  • ginidietrich

    @darealya How was your day?

  • darealya

    @ginidietrich at the exact opposite of my tweet song

  • ginidietrich

    @PunchakPR If I make it up there, I’ll bring my bike!

  • ginidietrich

    @mitchellfriedmn It’s so irritating to me that cyclists think they own the road. We don’t all think that way!

  • ginidietrich

    @janinecarroll Thank you for sharing it with your network, too!

  • ginidietrich

    @aakomas It’s like that every time I ride the road. Every. Time.

  • ginidietrich

    @seanb_us We’re lucky in that Mayor Daley is a cyclist so he was big on bike lanes

  • aakomas

    @ginidietrich My friend complains about it 2 & says it’s worse when the weather is bad. I hope drivers will be more respectful of bikers.

  • ginidietrich

    @tgrevatt I’m in the city so it’s a bit more dangerous. But people are really aggressive

  • ginidietrich

    @lkr I’ll check them out. Thank you!

  • tgrevatt

    @ginidietrich I’ve been most scared by aggressive rural drivers. In the city I try to use the ‘Paddington Bear Stare’ at intersections 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @LauraScholz OMG! Take me with you!

  • ginidietrich

    @C_Pappas Yeah! What she said!

  • Leon

    G’Day Gini,

    I rode a bike all through my childhood and adolescence. That was ages ago. I no longer ride a bike for two reasons. Firstly, for all the reasons you describe regarding careless, thoughtless, murderous motorists. And second, Sydney is a notoriously hilly place and it would be too much like hard work.

    But y’know, your “rules of the road” concept applies to more than riding bikes in an ocean of hostile shark inspired drivers.

    I’m not sure who said it but one of my “words to live by” sayings is, “nothing is so important as the proper execution of the fundamentals.” Whatever your field of expertise is, find out what the bloody basics are and learn them well: like the rules of the road.

    As I curmudgeon on, floundering in a boisterous, choppy ocean of web jargon and internet conceit, I have great sympathy for your world community of cyclists. Life would be much easier if your motorists and my web gurus got the basics right and observed the “rules of the road.”



  • janinecarroll

    @ginidietrich my pleasure, I ride too, HATE when cars speed up around me to pass–stay the limit and I’ll hold my line!

  • ginidietrich

    @SeanMalarkey OMG! TWO of them!! I knew I liked you for a reason!

  • ginidietrich

    @annaphallactic It really is appallling

  • ginidietrich

    @ShadBoots It’s really bad. Like we forget about other humans when we’re behind the wheel

  • ginidietrich

    @tgrevatt LOL! I’ll try that!

  • ginidietrich

    @janinecarroll Jerks. When we rule the world…

  • ShadBoots

    @ginidietrich That’s part of the reason I don’t ride a bike around. I live around LA–it’s an exhibition on that driving style.

  • ginidietrich

    @wabbitoid You know what? You’re totally right about this. We forget there are other human beings when a machine is involved. Next time I’m too emotionally wrapped up in my own experience to see the bigger picture, I’ll call you before I hit publish.

  • ginidietrich

    @Carts888 Oh Nic! It’s definitely on my list of places to visit on my bike. What a great experience it must be!

  • ginidietrich

    @autumnmthompson LOL! He was totally giving you cycling speak. That’s hilarious! If remembering that cyclists are people too doesn’t work, think about how much it’ll hurt when you have to replace my $7K bike. That may stop you.

  • ginidietrich

    @autumnmthompson On second thought, maybe I should stop complaining and let someone hit me. New bike!

  • ginidietrich

    @Yael Rozencwajg LOL! I rode there a couple of years ago. I just didn’t know you yet.

  • ginidietrich

    @ParkRidgeDDS Shame on those cyclists for spanning the road! If there were a bunch of them, it likely was a team and they know better. Those kinds of things make it rough for all of us. I love getting out there and riding among the traffic…seeing if I can beat certain cars in speed. But sometimes it’s not worth the risk.

  • ginidietrich

    @jeffespo This just made my stomach hurt. I’d be a bit skittish to get back on my bike, if I were you. But you know what? You’re right…when an accident happens, we’re not surprised.

  • ginidietrich

    @johnfalchetto I really don’t want @TheJackB ‘s kids to go hungry so maybe the gas prices will continue to rise in cities where there is public transportation. But I’ll tell you what; Chicago has the highest gas prices in the country and it hasn’t stopped anyone from driving.

  • ginidietrich

    @rustyspeidel Look at the big man talking! Sure it’s super flat here, but when you’re riding into 33 mph winds (like this morning), you may as well be climbing a mountain. @C_Pappas

  • ginidietrich

    @debdobson62 What an asshat. I wish you’d gotten his plate number and called the cops!

  • ginidietrich

    @C_Pappas There are some women I ride with who average 22-24 mph on some rides. I can ride at that speed frequently, but not average it. THAT is fast!

  • ginidietrich

    @bdorman264 I have a friend who hasn’t exercised a day in his life, but he spouts his mouth off all the time about how cyclists don’t belong on the road, that we’re all Lance wannabes, and that he should hit one sometime. I actually pulled him aside a week ago and said, “What if they Lance wannabe you hit was me?” I think it went in one ear and out another. I tell you this to say you’re right – unless people have been on the road as a runner or cyclist, they don’t get it.

  • @ginidietrich No, no, nononono! It’s an excellent post that got a lot of good and important conversation going – the last thing you want is a “wannabe mystic” (as I’ve been called!) too deep into the post. But … in the comments … that’s different. 🙂

    Besides, serious Taoism can take the fun out of everything. Wait, no, it puts the fun into everything … actually, a bit of both … nevermind. 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @EricaAllison Get. Back. On. The. Bike.

  • HowieSPM

    @BestRoofer next time can you tow me on my skateboard! 8) I will carry the beer!

  • ginidietrich

    @Ben Buchwalter As my friend donovangroup said this morning, people forget that a car is a lethal weapon.

  • ginidietrich

    @BestRoofer How many did you ride on Saturday??

  • HowieSPM

    @johnfalchetto @rustyspeidel @EricaAllison @ginidietrich don’t do it Erica. Blaze your own path. This horrible peer pressure is no different that the social influence pressure they are giving you. Shed your klout and your bike and lets roller blade! 8)

  • ginidietrich

    @KevinVandever This made me laugh out loud. Literally. I can actually see you doing this. I’m so proud!

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @bdorman264 who is your friend Gini and I want their address! plus no exercise means increased healthcare Cost for us all! Bill I run. I ran today. I hate running! prefer mountain biking but have no bike. So I run. But as I said I hate it LOL

  • ginidietrich

    @TimButt I’m stuck on a trainer for nearly nine months out of the year because of our crappy winters. Is it too much to ask for three or four months of outdoor riding?!

  • ginidietrich

    @nateriggs That WOULD be nice, wouldn’t it?! If you need help choosing a bike, let me know! I’ll be happy to spend your money for you.

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @johnfalchetto @TheJackB all I can say is I miss the LA gas prices here in upstate NY!

  • ginidietrich

    @girlygrizzly LOL! I suggest the same thing to some people in my household who are aggressive drivers. In one ear and out another. Whenever I’m in the passenger seat – no matter who is driving – I’m always watching for cyclists. And then I’ll yell WATCH THE CYCLIST!

  • HowieSPM

    @johnfalchetto @ginidietrich or muddy!

  • ginidietrich

    @annedreshfield There is a story of a kid who is riding in this year’s Tour. He grew up riding. His dad is a huge cyclist. And he’s also one of two neurosurgeons in upstate Washington. One day he was riding to work and he got hit by a car. Was dragged up a mountain before the car stopped. The other neurosurgeon happened to be riding his bike, on his way to the hospital, and saw his friend and colleague dying on the side of the road. Saved his life. But his legs were amputated. It makes me sick to my stomach.

  • ginidietrich

    @Leon You are so funny! I’d bring my bike to Sydney TO ride the hills. And I agree about getting the basics right in every aspect of life. Why is that so hard?

  • mitchellfriedmn

    @ginidietrich I know, and admit as a driver I had to readjust my attitude. So it goes both ways!!

  • @ginidietrich Oh my God…how horrible. Sometimes humans should just not operate a thousand pounds of metal and raw horsepower. Makes me sick to my stomach, too.

  • jasonkonopinski

    @ginidietrich As an occasional cyclist and regular longboarder, I’ve been pushed off the road a few times, flipped off and called names. Ugh

  • ginidietrich

    @annedreshfield And on that note, let’s talk about something happy!

  • The road is the exact representation of our living.

    Because road practices became “normal” in our daily lives we don’t really care.

    The thing is that people are making the same errors on the road as in business.

    Most of us (including me) are not enough responsible until…

    Experiences made me understand that I have to open my eyes to have wide views of our environment. Deep inside everyone of us there is that light reminding you to protect yourself and protect the others.

    Maybe it’s all about respect, maybe it’s all about intelligence, maybe it’s simply humanity.

    One of my best friend was killed recently, it’s painful, for her I’m taking care of myself and everyone I’m meeting daily.

    I’m not sure people are convinced that life is too fucking short, but all I have to say is :

    People, honor your life so you will live long. Don’t wait for a night call to understand that the road is dangerous.

  • @ginidietrich Oi, no kidding! 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @ShadBoots I can imagine LA isn’t very bike friendly

  • @ginidietrich @girlygrizzly Someone once yelled watch the cyclist so loudly that it startled me right into the cyclist. Ok, that is not true, but I did swerve. I think that my ears are still ringing.

  • annaphallactic

    @ginidietrich My boyfriend got doored a few years ago. I can’t ride a bike but wish as a pedestrian the drivers would lay off entitlement.

  • I just read this out loud to my husband :).

  • ginidietrich

    @MimiMeredith I’ll bet he could help me sue some people!

  • ginidietrich

    @Yael Rozencwajg I love the analogy between road rules and business rules. You’re right – we don’t really learn until we experience it ourselves. So I think @KevinVandever is right in that everyone should have to ride their bikes to work for a couple of months to experience it.

    And…got to bed, young lady!

  • ginidietrich

    @jasonkonopinski Oh the flipping off kills me. I flip back

  • ginidietrich

    @angelica7641 #imissyoutonsandtons

  • ginidietrich

    @annaphallactic I wish so, too! Is your BF OK?!

  • ginidietrich

    @jonbuscall Yeah! Be nice to me!

  • annaphallactic

    @ginidietrich He sustained some gnarly injuries (has the scars to prove it) but nothing life-threatening, thank goodness.

  • @HowieSPM @ginidietrich It’s certainly a love/hate thing. I eat like every meal might be my last so I need to run. It’s the only thing I can do consistently to keep me from having to wear those pants with the stretchy material in the front like pregnant women wear. Ever made a business call w/ that kind of gear on? If you thought my Avatar was bad……..whew……………..

  • jasonkonopinski

    @ginidietrich Me too. Usually followed by a string of particularly colorful expletives. 🙂

  • @johnfalchetto @rustyspeidel Thanks, guys. It’s a timing issue. The kids derailed me…darn kids. 🙂 I just said to my husband literally moments ago…I’d like to take my bike into the shop for a tune-up! I’ll get back on. Don’t you worry. And thanks for the encouragement.

  • @HowieSPM @johnfalchetto @rustyspeidel @ginidietrich I’m really laughing at that one…roller blade. I’m such a spaz, Howie…believe it or not, the bike is much safer for me. 🙂

  • @ginidietrich I. Will.

    When I do, I’ll send you a pic! 🙂

  • Leon

    G’Day Gini,

    Forgive me if i’ve mentioned this previously. But here are two possible answers to your question.

    Mark Twain said, “It aint what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for certain that just aint so.”

    And John Wooden said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

    Of course, neither of those blokes had any success in hailing cabs by waving unclad arms.



  • @ginidietrich Bed and I are not very good friends…just for weird things you adults cannot understand 😀

  • Move to the suburbs…. 😉

  • ginidietrich

    @jasonkonopinski Oh the colorful expletives are the best part!

  • jasonkonopinski

    @ginidietrich Indeed they are. 🙂 How’s Chi-Town today?

  • ginidietrich

    @jasonkonopinski It is a gorgeous day here. Today is why we suffer through winters here

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis Um, this IS the suburbs. I rode to Highland Park and back. They’re worse in the burbs.

  • ginidietrich

    @Leon LOL!

  • @ginidietrich Let me rephrase. Move to the Exurbs. No problem with dooring out by me. 🙂 Other problems but not that!

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    @BlogLibrary I saw this hit my email. I’ll read later today!! xoxo

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    @BlogLibrary Well xoxo to you!

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  • MichaelThurman


    I live in Exurbs… A small town about 30 miles outside Tulsa. I like to cycle. Country folks are even less polite than suburbanites. :-/ Pity, for we have so many rolling hills and nice straight stretches where the battle is against boredom and the wind sweeping down the plain.

    To wax philosophical, cycling among the UAVs (urban assault vehicles — Yukons, etc) and other flying blocks of metal and plastic is a bit like starting a business. We worry so much about the cars that we miss the pebble that causes the wipeout….



  • SheriPollock

    Thank you for posting this important reminder Gini.

    For many people cycling is more than a passion or a way to stay fit. It is a lifestyle. The only downside is you never know if you’re going to make it safely home from a ride. And that’s too bad.

    So, in addition to being respectful of one another, it’s important for *everyone* to put their phones and playlists and bottled water aside when driving and focus on the task at hand. Cyclist can be difficult to see at times, I know, but – unlike drivers – we don’t have airbags.

    I’ve made it clear to my friends that if I’m killed while cycling I don’t want anyone saying, “well, at least she died doing something she loved.” I love my life more than cycling. But, if everyone pays attention while driving, I’m hopeful I can have both.

    Stay to the right.

  • SheriPollock

    @ginidietrich@annedreshfield The cyclist’s name is Tyler Farrar. I’ve watched him race for years in Wenatchee, Washington (his hometown). This article is several years pre-Tour, but I think it will make you smile.

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