Re: OT: joining the ranks of two wheelers againBrent P wrote:
> In article <mf-dnVjhHMkvMAbbnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d@comcast.com>, Peter Cole wrote:
>> Oh, get over yourself. Nobody takes those laws seriously other than a
>> priggish, sanctimonious minority of bike riders. Live large, what are
>> they going to do, revoke your license? Heh.
> I obey the vehicle code to the letter when bicycling. Why? A few reasons.
> 1) I don't want to give a motorist any excuses. If he screws with me,
> hurts me, whatever there is nothing I did wrong in any shape or form.
Pretty vague. If you're talking about assault, I don't think a ROW
technicality will get them off the hook.
> 2) When a cop decides to hassle me, I know he has no legal grounds to do
> anything to me.
Never has had any affect on cop hassles that I've had.
> 3) Nothing pisses off a bicyclist hating motorist that following the
> vehicle code to the letter. They'll scream about bicycle riders breaking
> the law, but when it comes down to it they don't want to wait in the
> queue behind one, they don't want to be forced to respect one as a
> vehicle, etc and so forth. And because it is to the letter of the law, he
> either has to deal with it or become a law breaker himself.
Most motorists are completely clueless about the law, most cops, too.
While many/most jurisdictions lump cyclists with motorists as
"vehicles", it's more of a convenience than anything else. Generally the
fines are trivial and enforcement is spotty to non existent. All as it
should be, it's a victim-less crime. I don't see why I should wait
behind a line of cars -- I'll go left or right, on the sidewalk if need
be -- if I had to "drive" like a car, I'd just drive a car.