Idiots should not be allowed to ride motorcycles

Posted Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 6:58 PM
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  • Betsy,

    Two wheeled operators shooting between lanes are one of the most serious traffic hazards in all areas of the country.

    In urban commute traffic, they are rolling along the lane-marking lines morning and evening.

    In some states, the practice is legal under certain conditions -- frequently traffic moving at less than 35 mph, and the cyclists slipping through at no more than 15 mph faster, or 36-50 mph.

    Back in '67, I worked a sales and service route in one city where lots of streams caused huge diversions with four-wheel traffic.

    However, frequent bridges for pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles eliminated many miles and hours daily, particularly with a motorcycle.

    The problem was and is today, on the streets, many drivers do not see motorcycles or bicycles.

    i.e. - Waiting at a stop light, feet down on each side of the bike, when a car is driven over the edge of the right foot, cutting between the biker and the curb for a left turn.

    Or, at 2 p.m. on a sunny Saturday, as the only vehicle on an open, level six-lane boulevard in the outskirts of town -- literally pursued and rammed by a vehicle coming through a stop sign from a side street. Chased from the street, across two residential front yards and rammed.

    That driver then telling police, "I didn't see him."

    She said that sitting in her front seat, parked in the middle of a flower bed, with the rear wheel of the bike under her front bumper.

    Shortly after I sold that bike to a short, slender businessman for his husky 19-year-old son, telling him the bike was too heavy for him but would be fine for the son if he was responsible.

    Two days later, the father decided to try the bike on an unsurfaced hill country road.

    He was three weeks in the hospital, in multiple casts for two months and on crutches for four months.

    Idiots are idiots whether on two or four wheels, afoot or herding an 18-wheeler.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 8:11 AM
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