Just because you have a PhD does not mean you know more about bike laws. In fact, most Americans know nothing about bike laws, and I’m fully aware that I’m mostly ignorant. BUT - I’ve grown up being told by my parents that if I am traveling a busy roadway, especially one with gigantic buses, that I should opt for the sidewalk so that I don’t get crushed.
However, I’ll have you know that I don’t ride on the sidewalk, unless it is relatively vacant. That is the case in which I was operating. There were only a few people on the sidewalk at the time, and the one girl I happened by started out on one side of the sidewalk, permitting me to go beside her and then wandered into the middle because she was on her phone.
And hello, on a campus, there are tons of bikes and sidewalks and hardly any roads. 96% of the biking I do on campus in order to make it to my classes on time is done on large sidewalks that weave between the buildings. There is only a road next to the dormitories, and there are constantly cars, trucks, and buses riding by - mostly because of the construction the campus is having done to it at the moment.
At the time in which I was traveling the sidewalk today, there were two buses passing by - one coming toward me and one passing by. There was no room for me on the road. I had a Chem lab that I was running late for, and my only option was the sidewalk. Literally no one here gives a fuck if bikes are on the sidewalks, because it’s mostly our only option. Not to mention, with just as many bikers as there are walkers, if not more, it stands to be logical that pedestrians would keep an eye and ear out for bikers. When I’m walking, I always do, and I make sure the get the hell out of the way if someone is coming near me on a bike. It’s just the smart thing to do. However, I don’t blame the girl today because she had her earphones in, and she didn’t hear me coming. She, herself, even said to me, “I should have been listening with only one earphone in so that I could have heard you coming; I’m so sorry!” I told her she needn’t apologize, and I took full blame for what had happened.
In NO WAY was I blaming that girl for “being in my way” or some shit like that, if I didn’t already make that clear enough.
This is MY blog, and I was simply relating a story of something interesting and funny that happened to me today. I also just happened to make a comment that it is MY PERSONAL BELIEF - whether right or wrong - that pedestrians (WHETHER BIKES ARE INCLUDED IN THE EQUATION OR NOT) should walk on either the right or left side of the sidewalk. Even when I am walking, this is a problem. It makes it hard to get around people with lots of bags and stuff when they are walking in the middle of the sidewalk.
So thanks for the concern and input, Anon, but really, with your lack of grammar and tact, I highly doubt that you have a PhD and are as intelligent as you so imply. Also, I highly doubt that you’ve biked cross-country six times. And even if you have, that has no weight in this conversation. I don’t even really care what your background is. All I care about is the way you’re treating me via the internet over anon. That’s just pretty low and immature, in my book, and it’s a pet peeve of mine.
So if you don’t like my blog, my posts, and my views, then GTFO.
You don’t have to follow me, and you also don’t have to agree with me.
But I would have responded to your claims - and listened to them - in a much nicer manner if you had been off of Anon and simply stated nicely and calmly to me what your opinions were. Instead, you attacked me, so what the hell do you expect?