How they're viewed when they're back home

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How they're viewed when they're back home

Here's a summertime post from The New York Times' Metropolitan Diary.  It's a poem whose theme will resonate with Nantucketers who have been longing to see the last of the irritating summer visitors (not the nice ones, of course, or the ones who don't ride bikes on the sidewalks or walk down the middle of the street as if it's Disneyland...)

A Poem for the End of Summer
By RICHARD STORM

Dear Diary:

The wealthy, pretty people are all
at the beach, leaving the rest of us
in an ordinary city
with manageable streets.
Soon they’ll be back, with
vacation-reading book reviews
and complaints about how
that place has really gone off,
filling the roads with goldenrod cabs,
and we will know,
truer than falling leaves,
that summer is over.

Middle of the street?

FYI Georgia bicycles have the same rights to the ENTIRE road as automobiles so someone riding down the middle of the road is well within their rights. Is it prudent? Given the terrible driving habits of Nantucket cab drivers, locals who think they can drive the same in August as they do in January along with the entitled mentioned in your poem in their hulking SUVS probably not. Luckily there are plenty of bike paths on island. Once the Cisco Path is done perhaps someone will come up with some cash to promote the Rotary to Town waterfront (old RR Track) path and then cars will only have to share the road going to Wauwinet or in the middle of town and everyone knows that a bicycle is the BEST way to get around there. There's plenty of parking and you can pass those pesky cars anytime since most of the time they're waiting in line. By the way, the only people I see on island with grumpy faces are those behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Middle of the street

I agree about bikes in the middle of the street (altho' I prefer them off to the sides)--I was referring to bikes on sidewalks.  

And you're right about the grumpy faces.  People on bikes, when they're not worried about traffic, are much more serene.  Put people behind the wheel and they transform into totally other sorts.

Re: middle of the street?

She didn't say ride bikes in the middle of the road she said walk in the middle of the road and ride bikes on sidewalks...

So if they have the same rights as cars on a road then surely the ones who blow through stop signs and ride on the left hand side are breaking laws?

Middle of the Street

Are you sure that bicyclists have the same rights to ride in the road as cars? Most cities/townships have clearly marked biking lanes, and I believe in those instances it is the LAW to stay within the lines. Meanwhile, we have absolutely no shoulders to our ACK roads, and it is ridiculously unsafe for bikers to be biking on our shoulder-less  roads... which is why we put gobs of money (even privately funded bikepaths will be maintained by public funding) into building bike paths. When you see a wide open bike path out in, say, Polpis, not being used while bikers are doubling up in the shoulder-less, blind-turn roadway so that they can chat.... it boggles the mind.

I love biking. And I love bikers, as long as they are reciprocating the same courtesy toward motorists that they expect for themselves.


 

Middle of the Street

Are you sure that bicyclists have the same rights to ride in the road as cars? Most cities/townships have clearly marked biking lanes, and I believe in those instances it is the LAW to stay within the lines. Meanwhile, we have absolutely no shoulders to our ACK roads, and it is ridiculously unsafe for bikers to be biking on our shoulder-less  roads... which is why we put gobs of money (even privately funded bikepaths will be maintained by public funding) into building bike paths. When you see a wide open bike path out in, say, Polpis, not being used while bikers are doubling up in the shoulder-less, blind-turn roadway so that they can chat.... it boggles the mind.

I love biking. And I love bikers, as long as they are reciprocating the same courtesy toward motorists that they expect for themselves.


 

middle of the road

Sorry I didn't see that there was already a reply to that!

It seems to me that old bike

It seems to me that old bike laws were designed to protect children on bikes...with the responsibility and liability totally put on the vehicle driver.    Are there even laws protecting car drivers from bikes passing simultaneously on the right and left while trying to negotiate an intersection? a constant occurance here lately. The laws need to address  adult bike riders and their personal responsibility..  families on bikes are one thing..adult riders who for the most part live and work here ..weaving in and out of slow traffic, passing every which way, flying around sandy corners inches from my wheel and other risky behavors...totally stress out this safety girl driver.   

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