Here’s why so many drivers have a bone to pick with cyclists
Cyclists can give you a dozen reasons why the rules of the road don’t apply to them.
But there is no excuse for running a red light, unless you’re pretty sure the driver trying to make a left turn in front of you will stop instead of mowing you down.
If I wasn’t the driver mentioned above, I might find it hard to believe anyone could be so bold. Or dumb.
But she looked me in right in the eye, and knew I’d hold up.
I was driving south on Mt. Pleasant Rd. about 4 p.m. Wednesday, south of Eglinton Ave., and was in the intersection of one of the side streets, waiting for oncoming traffic to clear so I could turn
As the light turned yellow, I eased a bit further into the intersection. The vehicles coming at me slowed in anticipation of the red light.
I was about to complete my turn as the light turned red, when I spotted a cyclist near the curb, a woman who looked about 30 or so, coming at me and pedaling hard.
She realized she was too late and started to slow, but looked right at me as she did. Experienced cyclists know to make eye contact with a driver that could potentially run them over, to make sure they’re seen.
I looked back at her and stopped. She realized I wasn’t going to proceed until she made her move, which I figured would be to stop for the red light.
Instead, she resumed pedaling and blew through the intersection, while I waited for her, and the east-west traffic, which by now had the green light for several seconds, waited for me.
As she rode past my car, I wanted to honk the horn and give her the finger. But I was so stunned that all I could say was “hey!” as she passed my open window, just a few feet away.
But now she refused to look at me. She already had all the information she needed. I guess she figured there was no need to smirk about it, or tell me to f… off.
I’m okay with bike riders coasting through stop signs on residential streets when there’s no oncoming traffic. But stuff like this hardens the attitudes of drivers and furthers their impression that most
cyclists believe the rules are for someone else.
I’m starting to think transportation minister Glen Murray is onto something when he says the rules should be more rigidly applied to cyclists. More on that tomorrow.