OK, I've taken it and I've taken it and I can't take any more (no, not dick). Did you know that May is bike month? Did you? Did you know? Oh what, you live in a hole and you didn't know? Well it is and you know what the real message of May is bike month is?! It's fucking finger shaking and shaming and chastising of the small minority of people who actually ride bikes!
That's right, instead of celebrating the joy and benefits of bike riding, everyone just uses it as a platform for the tired saw of what bike riders should not do. As if bikes are the problem. Hey, I drive far more than I bike, and this is really a false divide. Most people who bike do both. Did you know that Amsterdam has far lower levels of bike deaths and injuries? Do you know why? No, it's not because they wear helmets (they don't) and it's not because they follow every single rule all the time (they bike fast and pretty wild-style). It is partially because of good city design but mostly it's because drivers there look out for bikes. There are a lot of bikes and drivers are used to looking out for them so they don't hit them. Period.
In this spirit here is my May is Bike Month list of driver chastising:
1) Stop speeding, especially on residential streets. I have a traffic calming island right in front of my house and I see you roar and whip around it all the time.
2) Don't drive in the bike lane. This includes turning the bike lane into a fake right turn lane where there is no turn lane.
3) Don't put shit in the bike lane, including but not limited to: branches, trash cans, leaves, broken tvs, dead bodies, etc.
4) Look out before you open your car door. Always. You know where I am extra mindful to do this? Davis, because there are so many bikes.
5) Look carefully before you pull out, especially in herringbone parking. Have you ever biked around this shit? It sucks.
6) Don't text or talk on your fucking phone. Every time you pull a bonehead move this is usually going on.
7) Don't run red lights. This also applies to 2 or 3 cars jumping the light at left turns. That counts.
8) Stop being so full of rage all the time.
9) Don't yell shit at me. This doesn't happen much, but sometimes.
10) Don't crowd me in my tiny bike lane. I know things can be cramped, but sometimes you're just gonna have to follow me for a block or two to avoid hitting me. Sorry. Refer to rule #8.