As a driver, motorcyclist and bicyclist, I have lived this long (so far) to encounter the rampant stupidity of everyone from every group. (Un)fortunately, the worst group of them all…wait for it……are cyclists. (Gee, that was anti-climatic, wasn’t it?)
Let me begin with a bit of a story. I earned my Class 5 driver’s license a little late in the game. I didn’t start driving until I was at least 17 or 18 (I don’t remember.) I didn’t get my Class 5 until I was in college so I was a few years behind compared to the rest of my friends. And earning your Class 5 meant freedom. Freedom from the restrictions and freedom from your parents. You were free to drive how you liked and when you liked (within reason and respect to the law of course.)
Sadly, over time, you start to disrespect the rules of the road. And the disrespect becomes a bad habit. And it becomes a part of who you are. I carried on those bad habits onto my scooter and motorcycling days, which to my surprise, that I am even alive today. It wasn’t until I took a riding course at Pacific Riding School where I learned the proper rules of the road and most importantly, the survival skills as a rider. I became more aware of my surroundings and what I was doing wrong. I had to “unlearn” years of mistakes I had made. Eventually, I ended up earning my Class 6 motorcycle license and to this day, I am still actively respecting the rules of the road.
Thankfully, all the survival skills of the road I learned from PRS were transferable to my bicycling life. I have avoided many accidents and opportunities to have become a statistic. I really enjoy cycling but more often than not, I encounter one moron who ruins it all for cyclists. I know, we’re not very well liked by people in cars, but I believe in making the difference so we don’t all get stereotyped. If it’s one thing “cyclists” in Vancouver need to drill into their brains, it’s this:
Light is Red: Stop, mother fucker. Do not go. Stay the fuck put.
Light is Green: Green does not mean go, dumbass. It is merely a suggestion in which you have the right of way, but it doesn’t mean the fucker from the other side is going to stop for you. That bus will more than likely crush you.
I’m not sure where, how, or why this mentality of self-entitlement of cyclists came about. Too much #YOLO? IDGAF? I don’t know but it pisses me off.
So there, my rant of the day. If people would just take the time to stop, look both ways and look ahead, we’d be all living in a happier world. But no, we have moronic hiptards who ride shitty fixies all day without helmets who run red lights and get angry because they were hit by a cab.