Coffee talk Tuesday deals with lawlessness in our cycling culture. Tuesday Coffee Talk allows all of us to engage in community related topics and share your 2 cents worth
Last week on Bike to Work Day (nationally, not locally) a cyclist in Denver ran a stop sign and smashed into a cop car. The cyclist was injured and taken to the hospital.
The Denver Post was the one that reported on it and the comments on their story were interesting and different from what we saw on our facebook page. Yet regardless of which side of the law you stand on this accident is terrible and should be avoided.
So why do so many ride above the law?
Some will say "why should cyclists be held up to a higher standard that cars, look at how many cars speed" (meaning doing a 55 in a 50) or not using a signal. Some will say it is a flow thing and the laws of cars should not be applied to bikes (hence the Idaho stop sign law yet I prefer Germany's version). Some simply don't know how to drive a bike and resort back to how they did it when they were 10 years old. And some just don't give a crap about what anyone thinks and the bike is their tool of anarchy.
This can't be healthy from a culture perspective and from a physical accident perspective. IMO there is no one cycling group, ie "roadies", mountain bikers, commuters, hipsters, etc that is worse than the other.
Are we getting better or as cycling grows will this problem get worse?