Originally Posted by Find Finn
I don't think I used one, but I'll give it ago.
1. Was at the post office today, it's located inside a shopping center, I had to move 5 bike so I could get in and out again, via the side entrance where the post office is located, it's the same around mayor train stations.
2. Signs such a no entry, no parking & one way street etc. have no meaning. the same goes for traffic lights.
3. It's okay to punch cars and hit pedestrians if they are in your way, even if they are where they should be, such as the zebra crossings.
4. texting, eating a sandwich and listening to music is while you ride around is okay and not unsafe at all.
5. If a lorry is in the right turning lane and is trying to turn right, you have to try to see if you can get between it and the pavement, as you are invincible and wont die if it hits you and loosing 20sec on your commute is not an option, (every morning I see the local grocery shop delivery truck reverse in through their narrow driveway and cyclists do not stop for it when it covers the bikepath and 70% of the sidewalk, no you go up on to the sidewalk behind it or out in to the street to play with the cars).
6. using lights at night is a no-no, as it would make you more visible and what's the fun in that, when you can play the dark knight/ninja and it's always the car drivers fault if they hit you and pedestrians can move.
I could go on.
1. Why aren't there appropriate parking spaces for bikes? I don't see you complaining about a car park taking up the space of 10 bikes. Imagine the parking chaos if those cyclists all drove cars. This is certainly not a problem in Tokyo as there are appropriate parking areas at all stations, shopping centres, etc.
2. 50% + of cyclists run red lights etc? I think it's more likely a case of confirmation bias, certainly my experience of Copenhagen/Amsterdam/Tokyo doesn't bear out your observation, although that could be my own confirmation bias. There are bad cyclists just like there are bad motorists.
3. Again 50%+ of cyclists punch pedestrians and cars without cause? I think that's just a ludicrous claim.
4. Yes I see the same type of a'hole in Tokyo all the time, I'm of the impression that it is worse here than in Europe as well, however would you prefer that these idiots be driving around in 2 tonnes of metal posing a much greater risk to other people?
5. So a truck reverses through a bike path and the cyclists are at fault? What would your response be if a truck reversed through a lane of auto traffic? Your first point about cyclists squeezing between the pavement and a turning vehicle is something that I've also seen and it is very dangerous. Much less dangerous however than motorists who change lanes without looking etc.
6. Also a problem in Tokyo, but the police will pull you over here and occasionally I see cyclists getting booked for it. It's a problem.
I once saw a motorist nudge an old lady, who was using a walking frame, because she couldn't get through a crosswalk fast enough. Doesn't mean all motorists are assholes.