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    GOTD: WTF bike riders and dog frikin walkers.. ITS frickin DARK outside (6:45am) and you are wearing NOTHING FRICKIN REFLECTIVE? You deserve to be a spot on the road. ARG!!!!!
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    I have to be at work at 6am. and on the way, there's always some kid walking to school, wearing all black and crossing 4 lanes of traffic in the dark. Vegas has one of the worst stats for pedestrian deaths in the nation. Even worse, now the local law makers have decided anwhere there are 4 corners, it's considered an impromptu crosswalk.

    Yeah, that's how you combat people running over jaywalkers - make jaywalking legal.
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    I live in a rural area and there are VERY FEW lights and NO SHOULDER.. really?? Bike riders could ride a mile or 2 north to a 4 lane road WITH a bike path but noooooooo... drives me nuts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaisyEater View Post
    Maybe they're just happy to see someone actually trying to obey the rules of the road.
    This I could appreciate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RitaRose View Post
    Amen!

    I have to be at work at 6am. and on the way, there's always some kid walking to school, wearing all black and crossing 4 lanes of traffic in the dark. Vegas has one of the worst stats for pedestrian deaths in the nation. Even worse, now the local law makers have decided anwhere there are 4 corners, it's considered an impromptu crosswalk.

    Yeah, that's how you combat people running over jaywalkers - make jaywalking legal.
    ugh.. been to Vegas.. its a power unto itself. good grief, you would think the law makers would have a clue. Its all physics where its easier to watch where the hell you are going than for a vehicle to stop going the speed limit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by athomeontherange View Post
    I live in a rural area and there are VERY FEW lights and NO SHOULDER.. really?? Bike riders could ride a mile or 2 north to a 4 lane road WITH a bike path but noooooooo... drives me nuts!
    Um, going a mile or two out of your way on a bike takes a lot longer than in a car... that's kind of a lot to expect out of someone just trying to get somewhere. Bikes have just as much right to use the roads as cars do.

    Using lights and reflectors is just basic safety, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncephalized View Post
    Um, going a mile or two out of your way on a bike takes a lot longer than in a car... that's kind of a lot to expect out of someone just trying to get somewhere. Bikes have just as much right to use the roads as cars do.

    Using lights and reflectors is just basic safety, though.
    Perhaps.. point is, if your not going to use basic bicycle safety precautions on a road with no shoulder and no lights, then use another road that is safer. Speed limit is 55mph, if you see them too late for lack of reflectors and such, a bad day is had by all. Personally, if bike riders are not going to adhere to the safety requirements to ride on the road, they have no business there.
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    And just consider the population explosion since he lived some 2200 years ago? I think we could safely amend Lao Tsu to say: Any given day you are surrounded by at least 100,000 idiots.




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    Quote Originally Posted by DaisyEater View Post
    My new town is just the opposite. There are plenty of people on bikes but they don't seem to have a clue. The ride on the wrong side of the street, often on the sidewalk, and I rarely see a helmet let alone lights and reflectors. A couple of months ago I almost turned left right into a teenager. It was dusk. He was wearing dark clothes with a hoodie pulled up over his head. He came off the sidewalk right in front of me (wrong side of the street, naturally). And the best part: He was texting. Didn't even look up. Probably never realized how close he came to getting hosed out of my grill.
    Every morning I walk my disabled son out to meet his school bus. We wait on the corner, on the sidewalk and inevitably there's some jerk kid... or even worse, a twenty-something with his dog on a friggin' leash... deciding that the nice, wide, clearly marked bike lane is for sissies. They're also riding north-bound on the south-bound side of the street and we almost always have to move or be plowed down! It seems to always be the same 3 or 4 idjits, too.
    When it's his turn, DH has actually (after making sure DS is safely out of plowing trajectory) refused to move... and will yell at the jerk to get some "bike smarts". Go, Hubby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RitaRose View Post
    Amen!

    I have to be at work at 6am. and on the way, there's always some kid walking to school, wearing all black and crossing 4 lanes of traffic in the dark. Vegas has one of the worst stats for pedestrian deaths in the nation. Even worse, now the local law makers have decided anwhere there are 4 corners, it's considered an impromptu crosswalk.

    Yeah, that's how you combat people running over jaywalkers - make jaywalking legal.
    The people that drive me nuts are the assholes that get off the cat bus on the strip. I've almost knocked off a few when they started crossing the street IN FRONT OF THE BUS and not caring to notice that we didn't have a red light.

    And all tourists walking the strip are annoying when you're driving. They come here and forget how to use a sidewalk in mass.
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