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Old 04-28-2015, 06:02 PM
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Here's a ball bag that got arrested for trying to bully a bicyclist. He actually fits the profile of the typical rager. Middle aged, pick-up truck driver with an expanding midsection. If he'd done that to me he'd have gone to the hospital before he went to jail. There was no sense in the brush pass. There was plenty of room to scoot over politely. I can imagine the story the truck driver he would have told on his beer forum had he not been caught.

Jackwipe bicyclist was hogging the lane and I was stuck behind him for 15 minutes. When I finally caught a break in the heavy traffic I eased by him and he flipped me off for no reason.

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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
The fact is that they have other places to ride safely. And, no the road they are on leads to even more non conducive areas to ride. Did you research bike paths in this area? Did you consider they have not one but many vehicles behind them waiting. Not just me, but many.

Again the roads of today with exception to the 100 million dollars spent on bike projects were not designed to handle bike riders. Matter of fact they were not designed for the car traffic in a state that has grown from 7 million to nearly 18 million since I graduated high school in this very same area.

You wanna peddle your ass off. Go about 3 miles from the location of the picture. Have a place to park your car and ride for 3 counties without getting on a road not designed for your entertainment.

I suppose as another commented on the other thread, too far to haul my bike on my car and it's an its inconvenient for me is the reason. Well guess what, I make my living on the water. Can't afford to live on it. So I commute. Deal with the traffic and if they would dig that 100 million dollar ditch so I could boat to work I would never ever be in conflict with a cyclist.

My luck the guys with bikes would sell them and buy Jet Skis.

Next thing you know the guys with mountain trail bikes will want hills built in the Everglades National Park and a rocky trail on US 41 to get them there from Miami or Naples.

And kayaks.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:05 PM
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I am okay with the riders who obey traffic signs. How about the douche bags that run stop and yield signs? Hood ornaments.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by StClairFlats View Post
I am okay with the riders who obey traffic signs. How about the douche bags that run stop and yield signs? Hood ornaments.
So when you break any law while you are driving a semi-trucker is morally justified in squashing you like a bug?
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
Here's a ball bag that got arrested for trying to bully a bicyclist. He actually fits the profile of the typical rager. Middle aged, pick-up truck driver with an expanding midsection. If he'd done that to me he'd have gone to the hospital before he went to jail. There was no sense in the brush pass. There was plenty of room to scoot over politely. I can imagine the story the truck driver he would have told on his beer forum had he not been caught.

Jackwipe bicyclist was hogging the lane and I was stuck behind him for 15 minutes. When I finally caught a break in the heavy traffic I eased by him and he flipped me off for no reason.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/28895286/...-helmet-camera
I drive a pickup truck . I now drive 25 mph on the same road I and everyone use to do 35/ 40 mph when I was a kid. Many of the walkers wave to me and give me a thank you for driving the way I do around them. If they only knew how many times I almost picked them off I now have caught myself flinching at shadows in the road due to , thats how I avoided hitting people . I caught/ noticed them at the last second. I can't be the only one this happens too.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:19 PM
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Bimini, the next time that you get behind them just pull on the bike path and haul ass. I wouldn't blame you one bit.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:29 PM
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You know what pisses me off? I run a 62' charter boat part time. I pay a shit ton for my licenses, permits, taxes, registration, documentation, fuel and insurance. For me, time is money. I have to run the ICW and a crowded inlet to get to the fishing grounds and back. The place is littered with trailer boats and the posers running them. Dressed in their Costas, with their Salt life garb and whatever Yeti crap they can pay too much for. Bunch of Jose Wajebe wannabes. I can't even get on a plane for the first 8 miles of my voyage. Don't they know that the ICW was made for commercial traffic? And why do they need to anchor at the little island right by the inlet? There are islands and fishing spots just three miles away. Screw it. I am going to run 9 knots (my best plow speed) and teach them a lesson. Gross tonnage, if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen and all that.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by gamefish25 View Post
Good point!

They annoy the crap outta me. No offense to anyone but if this is your "thing" please stay off the roads for my family's safety and yours.
I don't understand your post. Why for your family's safety and the cyclist's?
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I don't understand your post. Why for your family's safety and the cyclist's?
Let me sum it up for you. If I have to swerve to miss a cyclist that is hogging the road, that puts me and my family in danger. I charter for a living and often have a boat in tow. Very hard to stop/swerve for a cyclist hugging the line on a two lane road with a boat behind me at daybreak.

If my 5 month old is in the truck with me I won't swerve...its on the cyclist to get out of the way if he's in my lane. Too many idiots in this town to worry about on highway 98 - add cyclists to the list and it's a recipe for disaster.

Most cyclists obey the rules but many do not. I had a very close call last year at 5am when a guy swerved in front of me for a gutter on 98. I don't know how I didnt hit him. No reflectors or lights...
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5 minutes from the road I posted the pic from. 43 miles plus to play with. And they are adding a connector at Lutz lake fern rd to tie the thing all the way back to the Pinellas trail.

Heck, I may get me some panty hose and a bike. One more addition to this trail and I can ride to my Marina and not even stop for a red light.



As part of the Suncoast Parkway project, a multi-use paved recreational trail called the Suncoast Trail was constructed parallel to the western side of the highway, and opened along with the Parkway itself in 2001.[9] The trail begins at Lutz-Lake Fern Road (Exit 16), and continues north for 41 miles to the highway's terminus at US 98. Four miles north of State Road 54, an additional 6.5-mile paved bicycle trail connects the Suncoast Trail to the J. B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. Use of the Suncoast Trail is free, but in late 2010, a $2.00 parking fee was implemented at the Lutz-Lake Fern trailhead (Hillsborough County), and a $3.00 parking fee for the State Route 54 trailhead (Pasco County). Both counties offer annual passes, which are valid only within the county of issue. Motor vehicles are prohibited along the entire trail.
The Suncoast Trail bridge over SR 50 with the Suncoast Parkway in the background

For most of its length, the Suncoast Trail stays close to the parkway, separated by fences, grass, and in some places concrete barriers. Bridges that cross rivers and streams were built with enough width to accommodate trail users. Where roads cross above the parkway, particularly north of State Road 52, the trail briefly strays from the parkway, allowing users to cross the intersecting road at-grade.

Pedestrian and cyclist crossing of minor cross streets is regulated by posted signs. At busier intersections, pedestrian crossing signals are part of the traffic signal systems already in place. The notable exception is at the State Road 50 interchange near Brooksville, where a dedicated overpass has been constructed to cross State Road 50, approximately 500 feet west of the main parkway. SOB I have to wait for traffic signals there.;?
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Originally Posted by gamefish25 View Post
Let me sum it up for you. If I have to swerve to miss a cyclist that is hogging the road, that puts me and my family in danger. I charter for a living and often have a boat in tow. Very hard to stop/swerve for a cyclist hugging the line on a two lane road with a boat behind me at daybreak.

If my 5 month old is in the truck with me I won't swerve...its on the cyclist to get out of the way if he's in my lane. Too many idiots in this town to worry about on highway 98 - add cyclists to the list and it's a recipe for disaster.

Most cyclists obey the rules but many do not. I had a very close call last year at 5am when a guy swerved in front of me for a gutter on 98. I don't know how I didnt hit him. No reflectors or lights...
I am struggling to visualize what you are talking about. If it's hard to keep from striking a bicyclist, traveling in your lane in the same direction of travel as you, have you considered that you may not be very good at driving?

As far as the person at night without lights. There is a considerable segment of the bicycle riding population who rides bikes because they can't get a license. They also represent a significant number of bicycling fatalities.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I am struggling to visualize what you are talking about. If it's hard to keep from striking a bicyclist, traveling in your lane in the same direction of travel as you, have you considered that you may not be very good at driving?

As far as the person at night without lights. There is a considerable segment of the bicycle riding population who rides bikes because they can't get a license. They also represent a significant number of bicycling fatalities.
Re-Read your response and then get back to me. Yes it is difficult to move my full size diesel truck with a 25 foot boat in tow out of the way of an oncoming bicycle in my lane on highway 98.

I'm 29 years old never had speeding ticket or infraction. So I'm a decent driver I guess
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Originally Posted by gamefish25 View Post
Re-Read your response and then get back to me. Yes it is difficult to move my full size diesel truck with a 25 foot boat in tow out of the way of an oncoming bicycle in my lane on highway 98.

I'm 29 years old never had speeding ticket or infraction. So I'm a decent driver I guess
So you are talking about a bicycle traveling toward you in your lane? If that's the case, then I agree that it could be difficult. That's why it's against the law to ride a bicycle against traffic.
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I find your post one of the most offensive I have seen on THT, and that says a lot.

You seem to really lack any awareness of social mores or values that most of society hold.

So, If your precious little 5 year old is in the truck, you won't swerve.
You may be decent driver - just NOT a decent human being.

I hope, IF your little darling runs in front of someone's car chasing a ball, they 'choose' (as if it is a choice) to swerve regardless of who is in the vehicle.

Also, I noticed in your sig. you advertise membership in a certain group that claims to value life. Maybe you should rethink one position or the other. They are at odds.
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So you are talking about a bicycle traveling toward you in your lane? If that's the case, then I agree that it could be difficult. That's why it's against the law to ride a bicycle against traffic.
Agree, but that does not change much.
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Anyone need to blow off any steam? Let me have it.
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Work harder, get a car:

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failure of government.
if cyclists were catered for, properly, millions would ride.
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Agree with failure of government. They should put bicycle lanes where it isn't safe to ride on the main road. Kinda like Williamsburg VA. But, riding in the car lane on a two lane road with a 55mph speed limit is not the place for bicycles, especially if they riding 2/3 abreast and not moving over so you can pass.
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Agree with failure of government. They should put bicycle lanes where it isn't safe to ride on the main road. Kinda like Williamsburg VA. But, riding in the car lane on a two lane road with a 55mph speed limit is not the place for bicycles, especially if they riding 2/3 abreast and not moving over so you can pass.
Sad to say, we will never do this until fuel and health costs are too high. Our roadways were never really built with cyclists in mind - for the most part. The OP's original picture is proof. I recently went to Copenhagen, Denmark. More than 50% of the population bikes all the time.

They have separate car, bike, and pedestrian lanes that are actually separated by substantial curbs and not some meaningless line. Pedestrians are not allowed in bike lanes. Cyclists have the right of way. Slower riders must stay in the right. You will be run over and cussed out (rightly) if you deviate. Just like the autobahn. You are not allowed to ride 2 abreast unless the path is wide enough for people to pass on your left.

There are a'holes and good people everywhere. But there are enough of you a'holes (both motorists and cyclists) that think you own the road that I've long given up on road biking and just stick to mountain biking. I've known too many people who have been seriously injured or killed due to doorings, inattentive drivers, or just people having a bad day.
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