The Enlightened Cyclist

On the Path to Two-Wheeled Transcendence

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Hour 2:           What are the rules of the road for the growing number of bicycle commuters and will there ever be a solution to ongoing cyclist-motorist conflict? We’ll talk this hour with Bike Snob NYC (a.k.a. Eben Weiss). His new book is “The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Transcendence” (Chronicle Books, 2012).
 

  • Nell

    The author seems to have a rather big chip on his shoulder! Not all drivers are inconsiderate and as an earlier caller pointed out, bicyclists frequently ignore traffic rules making the roads dangerous for everyone. I hate that cyclists get mistreated on the roads but lighten up on those of us who don’t flaunt rules. Why so angry?!

  • Nell

    The author seems to have a rather big chip on his shoulder! Not all drivers are inconsiderate and as an earlier caller pointed out, bicyclists frequently ignore traffic rules making the roads dangerous for everyone. I hate that cyclists get mistreated on the roads but lighten up on those of us who don’t flaunt rules. Why so angry?!

  • Nell

    The author seems to have a rather big chip on his shoulder! Not all drivers are inconsiderate and as an earlier caller pointed out, bicyclists frequently ignore traffic rules making the roads dangerous for everyone. I hate that cyclists get mistreated on the roads but lighten up on those of us who don’t flaunt rules. Why so angry?!

    • Mike in Dallas

      Hey Nell,
      I don’t see Eben’s responses as angry.  He’s just relaying things that have happened to him in traffic in NYC.  I must tell you that the same things have happened to me in North Texas, and with equal lack of commuter consideration.  Eben’s message is literally the Rodney King message to all of commuters of ALL kinds: “Can’t we all just get along?”

  • Mjaimo34

    Just wanted to comment on the issue of bikers along with car drivers not respecting road signs, the Texas Traffic law states that bicycles are also vehicles, and are required to follow road regulations.

  • Mjaimo34

    Just wanted to comment on the issue of bikers along with car drivers not respecting road signs, the Texas Traffic law states that bicycles are also vehicles, and are required to follow road regulations.

  • Mjaimo34

    Just wanted to comment on the issue of bikers along with car drivers not respecting road signs, the Texas Traffic law states that bicycles are also vehicles, and are required to follow road regulations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elisabet.wadsworth Elisabet Wadsworth

    I have been cycling for transportation for several years due
    to economics and have noticed a significant uptick in the number of cyclists on
    the road this year with the new infrastructure that has been put in place.   With
    this increase I have noticed that motorists are more agitated by the presence
    of cyclists as well.  Last night as I
    rode home from school I had a water bottle thrown at me, one car passed so
    close to me that they almost hit my handlebars, one person passed close and blared their horn at me and a group of guys
    in a car screamed at me to get off the road. 
    It is only 7 miles from my school to home, I only ride on roads with low
    traffic, my bicycle is lit up like a Christmas tree so there is no way they
    didn’t see me, and I obey all the traffic laws. 
    I don’t understand why people think it’s ok to be so hateful toward
    anyone and risk harming or killing them.  I have also been on the city bus while the bus
    driver cursed at a group of cyclists because “they suddenly have a right to be
    in the road.”  I have also have had more
    police officers recommend that I move to the sidewalk.  If you’ve ever tried to walk, let alone ride
    on the sidewalks in Fort Worth, you know that they are narrow, not contiguous
    and most lack ADA ramps.  The road is a
    much safer place for a cyclist to be for both the cyclists as well as for the
    pedestrians.  Most cyclists that I have
    observed are courteous and obey the laws but there are definitely some people
    out there that do not use common sense which adds to the antagonism against
    cyclists.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/elisabet.wadsworth Elisabet Wadsworth

    I have been cycling for transportation for several years due
    to economics and have noticed a significant uptick in the number of cyclists on
    the road this year with the new infrastructure that has been put in place.   With
    this increase I have noticed that motorists are more agitated by the presence
    of cyclists as well.  Last night as I
    rode home from school I had a water bottle thrown at me, one car passed so
    close to me that they almost hit my handlebars, one person passed close and blared their horn at me and a group of guys
    in a car screamed at me to get off the road. 
    It is only 7 miles from my school to home, I only ride on roads with low
    traffic, my bicycle is lit up like a Christmas tree so there is no way they
    didn’t see me, and I obey all the traffic laws. 
    I don’t understand why people think it’s ok to be so hateful toward
    anyone and risk harming or killing them.  I have also been on the city bus while the bus
    driver cursed at a group of cyclists because “they suddenly have a right to be
    in the road.”  I have also have had more
    police officers recommend that I move to the sidewalk.  If you’ve ever tried to walk, let alone ride
    on the sidewalks in Fort Worth, you know that they are narrow, not contiguous
    and most lack ADA ramps.  The road is a
    much safer place for a cyclist to be for both the cyclists as well as for the
    pedestrians.  Most cyclists that I have
    observed are courteous and obey the laws but there are definitely some people
    out there that do not use common sense which adds to the antagonism against
    cyclists.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/elisabet.wadsworth Elisabet Wadsworth

    I have been cycling for transportation for several years due
    to economics and have noticed a significant uptick in the number of cyclists on
    the road this year with the new infrastructure that has been put in place.   With
    this increase I have noticed that motorists are more agitated by the presence
    of cyclists as well.  Last night as I
    rode home from school I had a water bottle thrown at me, one car passed so
    close to me that they almost hit my handlebars, one person passed close and blared their horn at me and a group of guys
    in a car screamed at me to get off the road. 
    It is only 7 miles from my school to home, I only ride on roads with low
    traffic, my bicycle is lit up like a Christmas tree so there is no way they
    didn’t see me, and I obey all the traffic laws. 
    I don’t understand why people think it’s ok to be so hateful toward
    anyone and risk harming or killing them.  I have also been on the city bus while the bus
    driver cursed at a group of cyclists because “they suddenly have a right to be
    in the road.”  I have also have had more
    police officers recommend that I move to the sidewalk.  If you’ve ever tried to walk, let alone ride
    on the sidewalks in Fort Worth, you know that they are narrow, not contiguous
    and most lack ADA ramps.  The road is a
    much safer place for a cyclist to be for both the cyclists as well as for the
    pedestrians.  Most cyclists that I have
    observed are courteous and obey the laws but there are definitely some people
    out there that do not use common sense which adds to the antagonism against
    cyclists.  

  • Lindowlu56

    I’ve recently moved back to Dallas, Tx from Madison, WI and had to deal with the cyclest activevest that would go out of their way to cause issues for auto drivers as a way of protesting the use of cars. In Madison there are “city trails” that inabled bikers to crisscross the city with out using regular roads but also all streets have bike lanes. How do we address the trouble maker biker that gives biking a bad rep in city’s that have a large cyceling population

  • Lindowlu56

    I’ve recently moved back to Dallas, Tx from Madison, WI and had to deal with the cyclest activevest that would go out of their way to cause issues for auto drivers as a way of protesting the use of cars. In Madison there are “city trails” that inabled bikers to crisscross the city with out using regular roads but also all streets have bike lanes. How do we address the trouble maker biker that gives biking a bad rep in city’s that have a large cyceling population

  • Lindowlu56

    I’ve recently moved back to Dallas, Tx from Madison, WI and had to deal with the cyclest activevest that would go out of their way to cause issues for auto drivers as a way of protesting the use of cars. In Madison there are “city trails” that inabled bikers to crisscross the city with out using regular roads but also all streets have bike lanes. How do we address the trouble maker biker that gives biking a bad rep in city’s that have a large cyceling population

  • Sjkbits

    I only heard a small portion of the interview, but was amazed at the author’s attitude about bike helmets.   I would guess he’s spent little or no time on a brain injury unit.   He is right about not having a prayer, helmet or not, against a speeding vehicle….but, every time a person is on a bike the helmet is as necessary as the spokes on the wheel.   I was pleased to hear the peditrician call in to encourage helmet wearing.   I disagree with the author, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an adult or child, a helmet should be worn.  I find it strange to see children on bicycles with their parents and the parents a helmetless.   What would happen to those children in the event one of their parents sustained traumatic brain injury, when it could have potentially been avoided.  Besides it sets a very bad example for the children and reinforces the double standard between children’s behaviors and adults.  

  • Sjkbits

    I only heard a small portion of the interview, but was amazed at the author’s attitude about bike helmets.   I would guess he’s spent little or no time on a brain injury unit.   He is right about not having a prayer, helmet or not, against a speeding vehicle….but, every time a person is on a bike the helmet is as necessary as the spokes on the wheel.   I was pleased to hear the peditrician call in to encourage helmet wearing.   I disagree with the author, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an adult or child, a helmet should be worn.  I find it strange to see children on bicycles with their parents and the parents a helmetless.   What would happen to those children in the event one of their parents sustained traumatic brain injury, when it could have potentially been avoided.  Besides it sets a very bad example for the children and reinforces the double standard between children’s behaviors and adults.  

  • Sjkbits

    I only heard a small portion of the interview, but was amazed at the author’s attitude about bike helmets.   I would guess he’s spent little or no time on a brain injury unit.   He is right about not having a prayer, helmet or not, against a speeding vehicle….but, every time a person is on a bike the helmet is as necessary as the spokes on the wheel.   I was pleased to hear the peditrician call in to encourage helmet wearing.   I disagree with the author, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an adult or child, a helmet should be worn.  I find it strange to see children on bicycles with their parents and the parents a helmetless.   What would happen to those children in the event one of their parents sustained traumatic brain injury, when it could have potentially been avoided.  Besides it sets a very bad example for the children and reinforces the double standard between children’s behaviors and adults.  

  • Sjkbits

    I only heard a small portion of the interview, but was amazed at the author’s attitude about bike helmets.   I would guess he’s spent little or no time on a brain injury unit.   He is right about not having a prayer, helmet or not, against a speeding vehicle….but, every time a person is on a bike the helmet is as necessary as the spokes on the wheel.   I was pleased to hear the peditrician call in to encourage helmet wearing.   I disagree with the author, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an adult or child, a helmet should be worn.  I find it strange to see children on bicycles with their parents and the parents a helmetless.   What would happen to those children in the event one of their parents sustained traumatic brain injury, when it could have potentially been avoided.  Besides it sets a very bad example for the children and reinforces the double standard between children’s behaviors and adults.  

  • Sjkbits

    I only heard a small portion of the interview, but was amazed at the author’s attitude about bike helmets.   I would guess he’s spent little or no time on a brain injury unit.   He is right about not having a prayer, helmet or not, against a speeding vehicle….but, every time a person is on a bike the helmet is as necessary as the spokes on the wheel.   I was pleased to hear the peditrician call in to encourage helmet wearing.   I disagree with the author, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an adult or child, a helmet should be worn.  I find it strange to see children on bicycles with their parents and the parents a helmetless.   What would happen to those children in the event one of their parents sustained traumatic brain injury, when it could have potentially been avoided.  Besides it sets a very bad example for the children and reinforces the double standard between children’s behaviors and adults.  

    • Mike in Dallas

       Sjkbits:  What part of 23:23 into the podcast does, “You’re not going to go wrong with [wearing] a helmet.” is anti helmet?

      The discussion is about Nanny State laws, of which this is one.  Sjkbits, I guess you haven’t seen the Type 2 Diabetes cases skyrocketing in America?  Let’s outlaw food…. or encourage exercise (oh wait, we created a barrier to doing that because we scream about how horrible brain injury units are FULL of bicyclist head injuries.)  Forget it, I’m staying at home on the couch with a Ho-Ho in each hand…

    • Mr_Miao

      Are you aware of helmet efficacy data?

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