DCB wrote:None of those questions is in any way relevant.
In general, if I'm riding legally in my lane, its none of your business whether I planned out my route with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin or if I'm just cruising around. And its irrelevant whether there or not there a sidewalk.
I could turn around and ask you to justify your driving : are you going shopping for groceries? why not just order take out? are you going to work? why aren't working from home instead? are you visiting a friend? why don't you just video chat? But that would be silly.
In the specific situations I was describing, I was trying to avoid passing a car on the right, when that car was clearly about to turn right. A side path or driveway would be even further to the right, hence, also in the path of the turning vehicle. And probably more of a risk, because motorists don't always look that far over.
The only fact that's relevant is that the motorist sped past me, knowing they were going to turn right just seconds later.
I don't put myself in danger. Incompetent or clueless drivers put me in danger.
Ok, well at least we are getting somewhere. Let me start by saying two things:
1) I am both a driver and a biker, so I'm not trying to slam bikes or say they need to get off the road.
2) I will admit what I should be saying is that both drivers and bikers have responsibilities to understand the rules for both in order to better, and more safely travel.
However, the questions I was asking are relevant to create context in the situation. There are several different variations of that situation that put blame on different people, or in some cases no one. Based on the info you gave I have to assume that as long as the motorist gave you three feet while passing and didn't change lanes within 100 feet of the intersection, they were driving legally, and did not interrupt any right of way. But, if you had a bike lane, or were already on a side street, then you did have the right of way and Mario broke the law. I didn't ask you where you were going, or ask you to justify your trip, I was trying to get insight into the situation, as well as your respect for the laws.
I'll answer those questions though.
When I drive: Yes I plan my route ahead of time, and yes I try to stay on roads with bike lanes to avoid such situations. Do I drive on the sidwalk, NO that is just crazy. Do I drive on side streets, no I try not to outside of my neighborhood because that's where I expect most bikes and pedestrians to be. Yes I wear my seatbelt, because I respect laws that are in place for public safety, and when I play the role of Mario, I do it within the law.
When I bike: I also plan my route ahead of time, and consider which rout will involve the least amount of auto traffic, and stick to roads with bike lanes. And on major roads with no bike lane, yes, I do ride on the sidewalk or find a side street, I do warn pedestrians, and I've never had any issues.
And yes I drive to the grocery store because take-out is too expensive to eat every day, and delivery puts another car on the road anyway. I drive and bike to work depending on the day, and I don't work from home because I'm not lucky enough to have such a job. And I don't video chat with my friends because, well, that would be silly considering we live in the same city.
And to keep the thread relevant: people of Shorewood, just stop at the signs and you won't get a ticket and will have no worries. You are supposed to anyway. Simple as that.