Do YOU drink and then try to ride?

Discussion in 'The Bike Cafe' started by Daddo, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Daddo

    Daddo Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    5
    Do YOU drink and then try to ride? Well, of course this is in Florida.

    We are all too familiar with the havoc inflicted (on us and others) by drunk drivers behind the wheel of a car. But what I never considered is drunk or stoned riders on bikes.

    Our first guy was on his bicycle, riding home from the Pickled Parrot bar (NICE). The second guy, who is facing his SECOND charge of riding his bicycle while drunk in the past 10 years, was riding his bike in the middle of a westbound lane at night with no lights or reflective equipment.

    I don't know, this is apparently more common then I imagined. Are they a danger to society? Or are they simply being responsible by not driving a car while drunk. In any case, I never like to see negative news reports about humans on bicycles.

    Here is the link to the story: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...me-day/1033308
     
    Tags:
    haleylx4 likes this.


  2. steve

    steve Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2001
    Messages:
    5,271
    Likes Received:
    214
    I think cycling is dangerous enough when your sober, riding drunk or stoned is a very bad idea and against the law in most areas.
     
  3. MMMhills

    MMMhills Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    206
    Likes Received:
    30
    I agree completely. If I am drunk I either get a ride, walk, or stay there. I think riding drunk would be more dangerous than driving drunk with the same penalties.
     
  4. 64Paramount

    64Paramount Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,640
    Likes Received:
    34
    I agree completely. If I am drunk I either get a ride, walk, or stay there. I think riding drunk would be more dangerous than driving drunk with the same penalties.




    Yep, me too.
     
  5. SierraSlim

    SierraSlim Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    600
    Likes Received:
    26
    Hi, Daddo!

    Good question for the site, I think.

    I don't get drunk; tried it when I was in my 20s and never liked it. Not saying I don't drink, just that I never have more than 2 and usually only 1 because I don't like feeling tipsy. But even if I did so all the time, I hope that I would have the sense not to ride that way.

    The difference for me in riding drunk and driving drunk is that if you're cycling drunk and crash and kill yourself, you only hurt yourself (and your loved ones, emotionally), unless you make somebody have a wreck avoiding you. But if you're driving drunk, you hurt other people all too often and not yourself enough to make you stop. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers was founded by a woman whose young daughter was killed by a drunk. He was sentenced to a few years in prison, and on his way out of the courthouse was asked if this would make him stop drinking. His reply? "No! I'd have to kill 7 or 8 people before I'd stop." /img/vbsmilies/smilies/nonono2.gif

    At least on a bicycle, that probably wouldn't be possible.

    Thanks for the thread!

    Sierra
     
  6. davereo

    davereo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,639
    Likes Received:
    70
    Never have and never will.
    I WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH ON THE POINT THAT YOU ONLY ENDANGER YOURSELF WHEN RIDING IMPAIRED. THIS IS TOTALLY NOT TRUE. THINK ABOUT THE MOTORIST THAT IS SOBERLY DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD WHEN AN IMPAIRED CYCLIST CROSSES OVER INTO THEIR LANE AND COLLIDES HEAD ON WITH THEIR VEHICLE. A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY THAT WILL NEVER LEAVE THEIR MIND. WHAT ABOUT WAKING UP IN THE MORNING TO FIND SOMEONE LAYING HURT ON YOUR FRONT LAWN. JUST A COUPLE OF VICTIMS OF IMPAIRED CYCLIST. MANY MORE I AM SURE.
    Sorry about all the caps the caps lock was on and I did not notice until I was done ranting.
     
  7. SierraSlim

    SierraSlim Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    600
    Likes Received:
    26
    You're right, Dave.

    I hadn't thought about the ramifications of killing a drunk cyclist that way, or finding them on your lawn. That would be so awful. I still get the shakes when I think about the guy I nearly hit with my car one dark night. I had always assumed he was just stupid, riding a black bicycle with black clothing and no lights in the middle of the road at night, heading in the same direction I was, in front of me and thus presenting an almost invisible silhouette. Now I'm wondering if he was drunk or stoned. Either way, it wouldn't really have been my fault if I'd hit and killed him, but I'd never have gotten over it.

    I stand corrected.

    Sierra
     
  8. jpr95

    jpr95 Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Messages:
    870
    Likes Received:
    30
    The other issue is the innocent/sober driver who swerves to avoid a drunk/impaired cyclist and ends up hitting another vehicle, bicycle, person or does property damage, or ends up in a lake or ditch, or...

    My threshold for not cycling is probably lower than for driving. The physical exertion would make me feel terrible with a few drinks in me.

    Jason
     
  9. KSwiss10

    KSwiss10 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    I live in Maryland and I was told that a Cyclist is subject to all of the same laws as a motor vehicle. I'm not sure if that's true or not but if we want to be respected on the road by other drivers we should respect them and ride safely and within the rules. I would never get behind the wheel of my car or ride my bike while drunk.
     
  10. bikester62

    bikester62 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    1
    I think this is a rant worth taking. Sadly I have lived long enough (the "62" in my name reflects my age) to have come to understand that someone who gets arrested doing anything drunk probably has a more serious problem than anyone wants to admit. A D.U.I. usually means the person is alchoholic, and needs help beyond cycling drunk. Anyone who defends the act of cycling drunk needs to look really hard in a mirror.
     
  11. Bigbananabike

    Bigbananabike Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2004
    Messages:
    967
    Likes Received:
    15
    [SIZE= medium]I’ve been a Teetotaler since I was 20 years old. I’m over twice that now so…not much chance of me riding drunk. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= medium]Riding, or doing anything, under the influence of legal or illegal drugs is nonsensical/img/vbsmilies/smilies/icon13.gif. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE= medium]BBB/img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif[/SIZE]
     
  12. Gus Riley

    Gus Riley New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2004
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    1
    RAGBRAI. Many examples of drinking and cycling can be witnessed. It doesn't make it right, but it does occur year after year. Yes I have in the past partaken and enjoyed the ride.
     
  13. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2006
    Messages:
    3,477
    Likes Received:
    74
    When I was in my late teens and the legal drinking age had just been lowered to 18, some of my freinds and I decided to stop at a bar and have a beer during a ride. One drink led to another and we all had a buzz going when we left. I was sober enough to remember the ride home and we were not riding all that badly. It was a stupid thing to do, but it ended OK, no one hurt, no property damage, etc. It is not something that I would repeat. Well, chickens here...gotta go!
     
  14. jamie72

    jamie72 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009
    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    0
    When I'm drunk I have difficulty walking let alone riding! Cycled after a few pints many times though and can report no problems whatsoever!!
     
  15. Bob Ross

    Bob Ross New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2006
    Messages:
    363
    Likes Received:
    4
    These days I just try to ride, and then drink.

    Seriously, beer is incredible recovery food...and I must admit, despite the fact that I've been a diehard beer fan for several decades, I don't think I ever truly appreciated just how good a fine India Pale Ale can really taste until I started drinking it as a post-ride beverage. Exquisite.

    But never before riding. That would ruin both experiences.





    fwiw, many years ago when I was in my early 20s I would routinely ride my bike while stoned. At night. Without a helmet.
    Never got hurt, never got in or caused an accident, never had any altercation that made me think there was anything wrong or foolish about that activity. In hindsight, yes, it's amazing I survived...but at the time it just seemed like a pantload of harmless fun.
     
  16. waisuddin

    waisuddin New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
  17. swampy1970

    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Messages:
    10,057
    Likes Received:
    185
    The Tarahumara people of Mexico (Tarahumara loosely translates to "the running tribe") run distances in excess of 100 miles barefoot across country, fueled on their homebrew beer.

    We used to have a Christmas clubrun where the "norm" was to down a beer in about 5 minutes and be onto the next countryside pub (this was in England where a beer was a "real" 20oz pint). 8 beers later and life was good...
    ... or not in the case of a few that bit it on the way back. LOL.
     
  18. runtheline

    runtheline New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    I would never get behind the wheel of my car or ride my bike while drunk.Do,nt take risk to your life.



    ------------------------------
    Running Tips
     
  19. JSWin

    JSWin Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Messages:
    753
    Likes Received:
    13
    Why not? Some people do it on purpose. Safer than driving a car. You probably are more than likely not going to kill another person this way. You might hurt yourself, but it's still safer than a car. I've not done it but I've seen people use the bike as transportation to the bar and back home. Biking while intoxicated. BWI, I got a BWI the other day. It was impounded. They cuffed me and everything. Imagine if they did this. A guy ran through a red light on a bike while intoxicated. He was pulled over and asked where he had been.
    I know it is always said that a bicycle is a vehicle, but what about a scooter? Riding one of those things that you push with one foot and stand on. You could operate one of those while impaired. A skate board maybe. I'm going to just say that this probably is much more responsible than driving the car while drunk.
     
  20. Susimi

    Susimi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2015
    Messages:
    819
    Likes Received:
    91
    Really cannot see the point of getting drunk and riding your bike. Not only are you putting yourself in danger but you're putting others in danger as well.

    Mind you maybe having a bail when you're drunk on a bike is what is needed of drum into the head that it's not the best of ideas.
     
Loading...
Loading...