Running the Red Light

The young women stopped at the red light, waited for a break in traffic and then crossed on the red.

The young women stopped at the red light, waited for a break in traffic and then crossed on the red.

2 responses to “Running the Red Light

  1. Karl W

    July 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    She should get a ticket for running a red light. Idiot(s) who give ‘us’ bike riders a bad name.

    • ladyfleur

      July 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Given the way the lanes are striped I can’t blame them for choosing a safer option.

      As for making us look bad, there are many *legal* things we do that give us a bad name with drivers:
      * riding in the middle of a lane that’s too narrow for a car to pass safely
      * not riding in a bike lane because it’s within the door zone
      * riding on a roadway where there’s a parallel bike path
      * riding on any narrow mountain road
      * riding in the middle of the lane on a curvy descent where we can ride the speed limit
      * riding two abreast in a wide bike lane/road shoulder

      In contrast, do I worry that people who walk across a street against the light are making me look bad because I walk too? No. Do drivers who weave in and out of traffic, speed or talk on the phone while driving make other drivers look bad? I sincerely doubt it. People say they’re idiots or jerks. And they’re the ones endangering other people, not a couple of women trying to get through an intersection that clearly wasn’t designed to keep them safe.

      Rather than letting public opinion cast us into a “scofflaw” role, I propose we fight back and demand streets designed so that anyone–from an 8 year old to my 90 year old neighbor–can use it safely on a bike or on foot without having to break the law to do it.


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