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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Weekend riders

  Early morning today at CocoWalk, the Grove cyclists.

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Anonymous Robert Sullivan said...

They wail about the drivers of cars not following the rules of the road when it comes to bicyclists, yet these bicyclists appear to have no regard for following those rules themselves. One after another, they just kept crossing in front of a car that seemed to be attempting to proceed on a green light. I think that this and other examples of a total disregard for the rules of the road helps to erode the respect that they keep demanding.

April 15, 2017 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a massive illegal left turn onto MacFarlane Road to me...

April 15, 2017 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disregard for rules and common courtesy are cultural norms in Miami one shark frenzy after another. Enjoy the ride.

April 15, 2017 3:48 PM  
Blogger Sunny McLean said...

I'm all for getting out and exercising, but really.... Cyclists ask us to "share the road", but they feel absolutely no obligation to observe traffic laws that those they are sharing the road with must obey. If you share the road, you should share the laws. Common courtesy, absent in the video, would also be nice.

April 15, 2017 5:22 PM  
Blogger gail said...

I can not believe that these cyclist are not ticketed, as they should be. If I drove the car in and out of autos, ran red lights and stop signs, made illegal turns, did not stop at cross walks, and did not have any curtesy for the follow drivers I would be given a ticket with a whopping fee attached and my insurance would go up. The bikers need to obey the laws as well as the automobiles, we have spent a lot of time and money for the bikers and they continue to just take. When do the bikers give back to the communities who have gone out of their way for them. Please for
everyones sake ticket the bikers as they should be ... a few huffy fines and they might think about it.

April 15, 2017 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad you couldn't follow those bicyclists down the road for a while. If what I have seen in the past is true, they were riding two and three abreast, not allowing cars to get past them.

Bicyclists cannot maintain the speed limits for the roads they travel and are a detriment to the smooth flow of traffic.

As stated above, if they can't follow the rules of the road, they shouldn't be on them.

April 15, 2017 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon..Actually in Fla bicyclists are legally allowed to ride two abreast. You should look up the law,not "what is stated above". What is not allowed is to "impede traffic". I am sure you will look up what the standards for"impede traffic" are in Fl.
What is not debatable is that in the video they were crossing the street illegally (not to omit dangerously and stupidly).

April 15, 2017 9:36 PM  
Blogger Melinda Hoder said...

Wow what a bunch of Sunday whiners. I don't know the exact time here, but I'm sure it was early and most of you were still in bed, which is partly why they ride early, as much to avoid being around more traffic and ride when it's still quiet out as anything. I find it inspiring that people are out early, being social, and exercising too. Most bicyclists do obey the law, and if anything they are the ones that have to watch out for cars and rude drivers, not so much vice versa. I've lived in the Grove almost 50 years. There used to be a bike race right in the middle of the grove and all the streets were shut down. Many came out to watch, not scorn their neighbors for blocking the road. These bicyclists harken back to the days when bicycling was one of the things the Grove was known for, and people were friendly.

April 16, 2017 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do those expressions go regarding “People In Glass Houses” and “Casting The First Stone?” Those folks so critical of a few cyclist riding at 7:30 am through an intersection, probably are perfect and never exceeded the speed limit in their car, never fudged their resume, never included false deduction in their income tax or business travel accounting and told a fib while on a first date. Didn’t know we had so many Saints in Coconut Grove. Bet you would be less judgmental, have more fun and greater stamina if you dusted off your bike, put air in its tiers and joined us Saturday and or Sunday at Cocowalk departing at 7:30 am. Also bring a helmet but Spandex is optional!

April 16, 2017 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous on April 15th at 9:36 pm, read the statute. I've provided it here. Please note that the statute allows bicycles to ride two abreast in the road ONLY IF THERE IS NO LANE MARKED FOR BICYCLE USE AND AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC.

Please see the last line under (6) which says, "Persons riding two abreast may not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing and shall ride within a single lane."

Here is the statute:

Florida Statute 316.2065 -

(5)(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride in the lane marked for bicycle use or, if no lane is marked for bicycle use, as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:
1. When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

2. When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

3. When reasonably necessary to avoid any condition or potential conflict, including, but not limited to, a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, animal, surface hazard, turn lane, or substandard-width lane, which makes it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge or within a bicycle lane. For the purposes of this subsection, a “substandard-width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a one-way highway with two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of such roadway as practicable.

(6) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway may not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two abreast may not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing and shall ride within a single lane.

I hope this clears up any confusion and addresses the incorrect sense of entitlement too many bicyclists seem to have regarding their use of the roadways based on their misunderstanding of the law.

April 17, 2017 11:22 AM  

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