I stop most mornings at Holey Bagel not because they are Holey-er than you, but because they have the best bagels in San Francisco.
This morning, I went in and a man I believe is the owner asked me about my bike. Well, he didn't ask me about my bike, he asked about biking.
"Let me ask you a question. When you ride your bike, do you have to follow the rules. If you don't can you get a ticket?"
"Of course you can get a ticket"
"I see they are making a lot of the bike lanes for the bikes to ride in"
"Yes, it's good"
"Yes, that is good, very safe. Do you have to ride in the bike lane, or if you are not can they give you a ticket?"
"No, you don't have to ride in the bike lane"
"WHAT? Why not?"
"Because most of the time you have to go around a car double parked in the bike lane"
"WELL, THAT'S DIFFERENT. When there is not a car in the bike lane, you have to ride in the bike lane".
"No, you don't. There could be a pothole, you could be passing a bike, there could be any number of reasons you need to ride in the traffic lane".
I omitted "For example, I will be pulling out of the bike lane to run into the Bagel Bakery for a bagel from now on". Of course, there is no bike lane on Townsend Street where the Bagel Bakery is, but hopefully there will be soon
Public safety and the bike commute
1 day ago