Straight-up list of Pittsburgh idiot cyclists

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SteveA
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I ride from East Lib to Downtown everyday and I see plenty of cyclists who are begging to be murdered. I don’t know their names but they have annoyed me to no end and caused problems for everyone. Here is an ongoing list.

1) Smug bearded little baby dude who rides from Lawrenceville (most likely) down Penn wearing one of those military ballcaps to the corner of Penn and 7th before turning right at Tambellini’s. No helmet, no lights, WEARING HEADPHONES. Rides right up to cars and slaps them (saw him do this at Penn and 11th when HE cut the car off) and then turns the corner leaving every driver pissed at the other cyclists in the share lane.

Feel free to add your own to the list.


erok
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it never ceases to amaze me when people ride with headphones. i mean you can get loud little speakers for your ipod now, then you can sound badass when you roll past people and still hear what’s going on around you


erok
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i can’t say that there is one particular person, but i’ve been seeing more salmon on the birmingham bridge bike lanes as of late


reddan
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No-one in particular, but I’ve almost crashed into people at Smithfield and the Blvd several times recently. Usual pattern is, they’re coming off the sidewalk on Smithfield at the corner; they pause for a moment, see no cars coming, and roll out through the red right in front of me as I’m coming up the Blvd with the green.

It’s one thing to roll the red when no-one’s coming…debatable, but no harm no foul. Doing it when someone IS coming? Dumb.


erok
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i was just having a conversation last night about bike on bike crashes, and how they seem more frequent. i guess that’s both a good sign and a bad one. more people riding, but more novices too.


Ohiojeff
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The guy I saw weave back and forth through cars on Murray and then cut in front of a bus turning left onto Forbes. No helmet, dark clothes, he probably made 10 cars and a bus driver angry at all cyclists.

it never ceases to amaze me when people ride with headphones

Last night, coming home up the back side of the golf course in Schenley Park (E. Circuit rd) I heard parked car start their engine so I moved out to the left a little. As I passed the car I noticed that the driver was wearing headphones. And I’m not talking little ear buds, but a big honking pair of on-the-ear headphones. I think they might have been those Bose or Sony noise cancelling headphones. I didn’t hang around to see if she would start texting as she drove….


steevo
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– crazy headphone guy on the south side trail who

once told me he would shove my camera up my f ing a..


dmtroyer
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Long, curly haired guy that works at 21st street coffee.

Maybe it’s not fair to put you on this list, you seem competent enough. But, your NYC style fixie antics of weaving between traffic, riding against traffic on 2-way streets like Negley to avoid the ELB light and cutting off other bikers as you turn left onto Birmingham Br from 5th is exactly what unsettles drivers and make them want to cream us at any chance they get.


StuInMcCandless
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10:15 p.m., Cranberry Township, southbound US19, there’s a cyclist I’ve seen on several occasions who has no light, no reflector, no bright clothing, and no helmet. Not sure if the guy has no money or no brains, but on a road like that, that’s inviting big trouble.

There are several like that in the city, too, but I’m not on enough of a schedule to recognize repeat individuals.


brian j
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Does anyone else feel like it’s only a matter of time before one member of the board unknowingly calls out another member of the board, and this thread turns into a flame war?


SteveA
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Straight up my name is Steve Anderson and I think most of the idiot bike-riders I see on the road with me ride like fucking assholes and it makes me ashamed to be lumped in with them and if any of them have a problem with it they can ride with me down from South St. Clair to Friendship, Liberty, and Penn to Stanwix between 7:40 and 8:15 AM and call me an asshole but for real for real y’all are fucking DORKS and I hope you are hit and killed by cars so that attractive girls on bikes learn from your shitty example and buy helmets.

FUCK Y’ALL


SteveA
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PS: dude i originally posted about rides like an 8-year old girl and gets pissed when you pass him and rides his HARDEST to overtake you then turns off the road. he has shriveled genitals and is jealous of anyone who can get an erection.


rsprake
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I only get annoyed at people who wear the one blinky hanging off their bag and nothing else.


Eric
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Welcome to the board Steve Anderson. Hope to see you making more contributions to the board like this. It’s been boring lately, your wit and humor will be appreciated.


netviln
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No blinkies at night or only one weak rear blinky are a pet peave of mine(along with helmets, but we have already had that discussion multiple times and that has less impact on others than blinkies). That an blatant light runners, I dont mean slow down and go if its clear, I mean full speed, who cares if anyone is coming, red light runners..

Basically people who are unsafe, and in being unsafe impact my safety.


JZ
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There’s a woman whom I often see on Smallman Street when I’m headed home. She consistently blows through stop signs. More than once, I’ve seen her cut off a car that was rolling into the intersection after properly stopping. There’s a lot of buildings close to the road there, so cars (and bikes, for that matter) that are turning don’t always have much of a view of the road, and must rely on everyone obeying the stop signs.

Impressively, one time she cut me off when I was on my bike, coming up from Railroad Street.

In Shadyside, where I live, there’s a teeming mass of cluebags who ride at night with no visibility. I don’t know if this is the same group that arbitrarily leaves the road and starts riding on the sidewalk or vice-versa with no warnings to pedestrians, other cyclists, or drivers, but we have plenty of them, too.


cburch
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wow someone needs to work out some issues…


SteveA
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harsh vibes from colin. guess he told me!


Mick
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Does anyone else feel like it’s only a matter of time before one member of the board unknowingly calls out another member of the board, and this thread turns into a flame war?

I just FIGURED someone would call me out sooner or later!

All of us could seriously overwhelm the other posts on thei board if we tried to list the all dumb and/or obnoxious things we’ve done on a bike.

There’s the trifecta : Unsafe, obnoxious, AND illegal! Most of us have done a hat trick. Some quite regularly, I’m sure.

(But not me. No. Never. That must have been that guy that looks like me and rides a bike just like mine. Really. Would I lie to you?)

Mick


reddan
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wow someone needs to work out some issues…

I’d say not just issues, but entire subscriptions…


rsprake
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PS, I ride with one earbud headphone in the right ear. I listen to podcasts.


salty
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I used to ride at night all the time with no lights and didn’t give it a second thought. If you would have asked me about it I probably would have said “isn’t that what reflectors are for?” Pure ignorance, no malice… I think education is the main problem. Not sure how bashing other cyclists on a bike advocacy message board really helps.


SteveA
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i own a helmet which i wear every time i get on my bike in addition to lights and i attempt to ride somewhat responsibly so that i don’t get fucking killed. but i guess being able to reason out why these things might be a good idea means i’m an elitist.


netviln
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I agree with salty that it is more probable that most of the people we are complaining about are ignorant. Most people dont know that it is state law that you have to have a headlight at night. I agree that education(plug for commuting 101 pamphlet) is the answer and especially places like the universities should take opportunities to educate their students as much as possible.

I also realize that there are people that know better but do what they do anyway. It does annoy me, but I try to not let it get to me.

Speaking of the commuting 101 pamphlet and the universities, has anyone approached them to maybe try to include the pamphlet in the student welcome packets or anything?


rachel_ding
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SteveA, some of the things you posted in this thread are too aggressive for the usually friendly/helpful nature of this message board. I usually just ignore people like you, but c’mon dude.

I’m especially not down with you saying that you hope non-bike helmet riders get killed so that attractive girls start wearing helmets.

I don’t intend to argue with you about anything in particular.. I just wanted to semi-publicly let you know that some things you said are problematic.


alankhg
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Yeah. Chill.


mattwatson
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steve k. is an idiot.


greenbike
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I’m a little frustrated with the amount of riding on the wrong side of the road that I’ve seen lately.


BradQ
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I’m waiting until I end up on this list.


erok
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there’s a lot of idiots in the world, some of them ride bikes – BradQ


Kramhorse
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Steve A: it doesn’t matter how many hipsters on bikes get killed by cars, girls will never like you. I promise.

I live near your bike route. Maybe some morning we can get together over coffee and scones and explore your anger issues together.


jkoutrouba
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“Steve A: it doesn’t matter how many hipsters on bikes get killed by cars, girls will never like you. I promise.”

I take a more Darwinian approach. I don’t care if girls ever like Steve, but it’s good that they will not have a chance to let the other dorks reproduce.

Of course, my hypocrisy alarm just went of, as I’ve had occasion to do some awfully stupid stuff in my life. I try to do better now, but still don’t always succeed. Fortunately I haven’t killed anyone on my bike or in my car as far as I know. And I’ve already got a kid, so it’s too late for Darwin…


ieverhart
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rsprake wrote: PS, I ride with one earbud headphone in the right ear. I listen to podcasts.

I do the exact same thing!

I was scanning the list to see if someone called me out, but nobody has, yet. At least two times on Liberty Avenue this week, I’ve been waiting at red lights and seen other cyclists go right ahead. Once it was someone who looked like a “utility” biker, but today at Millvale Avenue it was two guys in spandex. I’m sure they think I’m crazy for waiting, but they kind of annoyed me, to say nothing of car drivers also waiting there.


mark
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oh oh oh… someone go to oakland today at 7:01pm and make a list!


Lenny
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Bicycle rules are quite different than motor vehicles.I’ve often biked or walked across an intersection with a red light.Pedestrians can carefully and legally cross an intersection on a red light.The same rules apply to bicyclists as with pedestrians, and not cars.


salty
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Can a pedestrian legally cross against a red light or “don’t walk” signal? Reading the state law it looks like it’s up to the local gov’t, but I can’t find Pittsburgh’s pedestrian ordinances, anyone have a link?

http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Pedestrian/web/laws.htm


spakbros
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lol steve, are you trying to get bant from yet another message board?

Some little jerk off stole yet another front light off my bike. Almost always take them off but the three times I forgot in garfield they got pinched each time. So, last night, I was the hipster in all black with no lights riding to the southside and back @ 2am. Fucking terrifying.


erok
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i usually carry a headlamp around in my bag too. it’s proved convenient for times when i lost a light, or forgot it. just strap that sucker around your arm, and you’re good to go.

i kinda like it in a weird way, because i find myself actually pointing it at drivers to make sure they see me.


Nick D
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I’m with Rachel.

Bicycle rules are quite different than motor vehicles.I’ve often biked or walked across an intersection with a red light.Pedestrians can carefully and legally cross an intersection on a red light.The same rules apply to bicyclists as with pedestrians, and not cars. </em

I am not positive, but I am pretty sure that is not true.

I also carry a spare set of lights (little Knog knock-offs). I usually end up giving them to people that don’t have lights, which is why I opt for cheap ones.


reddan
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Pedestrians can carefully and legally cross an intersection on a red light.The same rules apply to bicyclists as with pedestrians, and not cars.

I also believe this is not correct. Especially the bit about the same rules applying to bicyclists as pedestrians, unless my understanding of the PA Vehicle Code is very, very off-base.

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