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Definition of a "Cyclist"

Poll Results: What qualifies someone to be considered a cyclist?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Anyone who owns a bicycle
  • 40% (4)
    Anyone who rides a bicycle, not necessarily riding safely or obeying applicable traffic laws
  • 60% (6)
    Anyone who rides a bicycle safely while obeying applicable traffic laws
  • 0% (0)
    Only those who train and ride competitvely
  • 0% (0)
    People who commute by bicycle
10 Total Votes  
post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I nearly ran over a person on a bicycle today. The fellow was riding on the wrong side of the road on a narrow two lane road that had no shoulder. I drive a pickup truck and there was a large 1990's vintage Lincoln Continental coming from the opposite direction. After threading the needle, I had a few choice words to say about the idiot on the bicycle. My girlfriend said that that was not a nice thing to say about a "fellow cyclist". In my opinion, just because someone rides a bicycle, it does not make him a cyclist. I think that a cyclist is someone who rides safely while obeying the traffic laws in the location that he is in. If that makes me a bicycle snob, so be it. Well, so much for my rant.

 

I know the list is a kind of small and not all inclusive. Feel free to voice your opinion if there is not a choice that fits your definition of a Cyclist.

post #2 of 11

A cyclist is someone who takes cycling seriously and is aware of the dangers involved. They may take an occasional risk but not at the risk of others. Road cyclist always follow the rules of the road this is the safest and most predicable behavior.

 

What you came across today was a bike rider not a cyclist. 

post #3 of 11

I agree with both of you and feel your pain kdelong.  Way too often I run into those same bike riders--riding the wrong way, riding at night without lights, riding the wrong at night and with no lights......--and my blood pretty much boils.  I've had more than a few car drivers comment to me about those same kinds of bike riders.  

post #4 of 11

The problem is that a few idiots usually stand as an example and perception of what all cyclist are like. Nobody notices if you are doing things the right way. 

post #5 of 11
I am not up for making up definitions to well established terms; however, feel free to pick descriptive adjectives: poor, unsafe, incompetent, dangerous and the like.
 
World English Dictionary
cyclist or (US) cycler (ˈsaɪklɪst) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
 
n
a person who rides or travels by bicycle, motorcycle, etc
 
cycler or (US) cycler
 
n
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
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post #6 of 11

Also, how would you define "Motorist"?

post #7 of 11

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say a person riding a bicycle is not necessarily a cyclist, but someone driving a car is always a motorist.

 

I like the "takes cycling seriously" definition. There was a kid with a huffy down my block when I was groing up. He was not a cyclist, just a kid with a bike.

 

Over 25 years I have put 50,000+ miles on a bike riding in and around NYC with it's multitude of stop signs and red lights, I therefore cannot in clear conscience comment on the obeying traffic laws bit (at least not 100% of the time). wink.gif

 

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by maydog View Post

Also, how would you define "Motorist"?



Impatient wink.gif

 

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by davereo View Post

A cyclist is someone who takes cycling seriously and is aware of the dangers involved. They may take an occasional risk but not at the risk of others. Road cyclist always follow the rules of the road this is the safest and most predicable behavior.

 

What you came across today was a bike rider not a cyclist. 



+1 What Dave said....

 

 

 

post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by maydog View Post

Also, how would you define "Motorist"?


Lemmy.  No, wait,......that's Motorhead, not motorist.  Nevermind.

 

 

post #11 of 11

How close to the cyclist did you drive? At what point do you stop driving? Yes, actually stop your truck. Come to a complete stop to avoid possibly killing someone? If you can't do that, you're not a cyclist in my eyes.

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