Taking the middle of the lane

Nice blogpost from Bikeyface on taking the middle of the lane. Great illustrations. 🙂

“Whenever a person first discovers I bike, they reply with a story. And it’s always the same story.

“I was driving down [insert any road name] when all of the sudden I saw a cyclist in the MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!” Inevitably it always ends with them saying they “just tapped on their horn” or “squeezed by” or“yelled out to the cyclist.” 

And many many times I’ve been the cyclist in one of these stories- the one sharing the road with a driver that isn’t aware of the basic road rules regarding bikes.

What’s worse is that sometimes reasonable people panic at the sight of a bicycle in the lane… and then all that reason flies out the window.”

Doesn’t always happen to me, but its happened for sure. The drivers who get upset that a cyclist takes the lane aren’t usually assholes. They’re most often regular folks like us who aren’t aware of the rules.

I believe its a natural consequence of driving (or cycling) that anything that slows us down or causes us to take an action irritates us. When I’m in a car (as a passenger) and there’s a cyclist in front of us, perhaps taking the lane, I too begin to feel irritated. I don’t know that there’s any getting around it. I do believe being aware its a natural consequence for all of us helps me temper any irritation I may feel, because I know its not really anyone else’s problem but mine.

2 Responses

  1. I lived in Calgary for 25 years and cycled alot, there are multitude of endless riding paths that will take from one side of the city to the other side and not go any road. I flat refuse to ride anywhere in Edmonton car drives are very rude and careless attitude about cyclists.

  2. I was in Calgary a couple of months ago and there were cyclists and paths everywhere. We have a committed cyclist as mayor now, and some pro cycling councillors, so, hopefully, we can improve the system.

    Thanks for the comment. Sorry for the tardy reply, but I appreciate it!

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