Straight-up list of Pittsburgh idiot cyclists

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tenplusone
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@benzo, lol exactly. In my scenario, the guy was riding the sidewalk in the business district of Downtown literally parallel to the protected bike lane on Penn ave. Like dafuq?


Mikhail
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To the roadie in full Tinkoff-Saxo kit trying to set a Strava KOM on the Penn Ave cycle track between 10th and 9th, yesterday after 6 pm: this isn’t the place for that.

Wasn’t me, but speed limit there is 25 mph. :P


chrishent
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@mikhail, yeah, riding 25 mph in an area full of pedestrians and slower cyclists, all while dodging the various manholes that pepper this stretch of road totally sounds reasonable to me.


RustyRed
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I think the Penn Ave bike lane segments get flagged as dangerous. I don’t see any in a search today.

No KOMs for that guy.


StuInMcCandless
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Yesterday at about 5:10p, westbound Fifth Ave just beyond Market St, I’m stopped in the left lane behind a car stopped behind at least a truck and maybe another car at the light for Liberty. Middle-aged male comes flying up on my right, splitting the lanes. Got the light at Liberty green (lucky), then dodges to the right around another vehicle stuck in the intersection because Liberty is jammed up a bit, almost takes out a woman crossing the street. Now he’s up against the curb, so wiggles over to start splitting the lane on Liberty, too.

Thing is, he didn’t get all that far ahead of me, getting stuck at Stanwix before heading into Point State Park. Once I cleared Stanwix myself, I was only about 150 yards behind him, but he took off across the Ft Duq Br like a rocket.

Y’know, it’s guys like this who get everyone else pissed off. What was the damned hurry? Did you just rob a bank or something?


Mikhail
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People, did you ever heard about Cat 6 racers?


J Z
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I don’t have a problem with recreational and fair weather riders. Just riders who make bad judgment calls that endanger me and other trail/road users (i.e. peds).

None of those riders are busy hanging out on a msg board.


DoubleStraps
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@tenplusone

I saw your first guy with the Bluetooth speaker probably right before you did. He was headed the wrong way down 4th, and blew through a stop sign at either Wood or Smithfield.

I always feel a twinge of embarrassment and shame when I see people biking like that. Like his actions are mine, too.


jonawebb
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I always feel a twinge of embarrassment and shame when I see people biking like that. Like his actions are mine, too.

Yeah, I guess that’s the same way motorists feel when they read about something like this:

Oh, wait, motorists don’t feel that way. They don’t drive like that. And you don’t ride like that. So you don’t need to feel embarrassed.


buffalo buffalo
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Butler was a mess, alternating between slow and stopped this morning due to gas line work down near the PNC (between Main & 40th)…. Cheers to the guy in full kit alternating between riding up the parking lane and the sidewalk to get around the stopped traffic…


tenplusone
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Well they need to get setup for Limp Bizkit tomorrow… so… yanno traffic is to be expected.


StuInMcCandless
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One of the benefits of riding the wrong way on one-way streets is the complete absence of any stop signs or red lights at intersections. Why, you can fly right through! Really, nobody even bothers to look your way most of the time! It’s great! Nothing at all to slow you down!

[/snark]


look out
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Well, this past weekend was trail day, and I rode on the GAP early saturday. As the day progressed, more people riding. Wasn’t too bad. BUT, on Sunday, there were a lot of people riding. It seemed like a lot of them were not too experienced, because it was a mess riding that day. Riders crowded the trail so bad, I had to pull over and stop until they passed. Riding into Homestead, it was very crowded. I was behind two riders and I settled to stay behind them, because of oncoming traffic. No big deal. HA! The one rider was having trouble figuring out how to shift, I guess. They are all over the place. All of a sudden, they stop in the middle of the trail.(more like fall off, feet slipped off of pedals, because they were not in the right gear). okay, I was able to stop to avoid them.( I kept my distance) So then, the rider with that person, who is over in the wrong side of trail, comes to their aid. Parks their bike on the wrong side of the trail(many riders coming the other way) Just as they cross over, some idiot going the other way, wayyy too fast, mind you, and just misses hitting the person crossing over to help the other rider. Please note that the guy walking across the trail did not even look, or even know how close they came to getting nailed by the fast rider. The speeding biker was able to swerve out of the way just about inches away from this person. The rider who didn’t know how to switch gears said “You almost got hit”.
then of course, there were the riders that seemed like they were racing for trophies, whizzing closely by to me, and other users of the trail. I was so glad to get back home, actually, get on the roadway, where it was much safer than the trail was..lol!


jonawebb
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dfiler
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@lookout – I too can get annoyed on heavy rail trail traffic days. Pittsburgh cyclists do not behave in a manner that respects other users of the road or trail system. My theory is that we were so few in numbers for so long that it wasn’t really necessary pay much attention to the subject.

I see it all the time with both my mountain and road cyclists friends. They don’t stay on the right side of the trail. Nor do the they pull off the trail before stopping. It isn’t that they purposefully choose to be a jerk, but rather they don’t even give any thought to the subject. It doesn’t register as important at all.

Over time, this will hopefully change. And I predict it will change as the number of cyclists goes up.


reddan
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My theory is that we were so few in numbers for so long that it wasn’t really necessary pay much attention to the subject.

Mine is that we ride much like we drive.
Because It isn’t that they purposefully choose to be a jerk, but rather they don’t even give any thought to the subject. It doesn’t register as important at all. seems very much like the attitude of many motorists. Not malevolent, just oblivious.


jonawebb
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Over time, this will hopefully change. And I predict it will change as the number of cyclists goes up.
If you’ve ever bicycled in Washington, D.C., you would doubt this. There are tons of cyclists and lots of bad behavior. And of course runners and walkers are using the same paths. It’s to the point where you’d think about riding on the roads, but they are even worse, with everybody jockeying for position.


dfiler
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Certainly in DC the problem is becoming significant enough that it will be subject to more and more scrutiny . My prediction is still that it will eventually change. Culture doesn’t shift quickly. It’s on more of a generational time scale.


edronline
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I was riding Monday late morning (yesterday) and astounded by all of the bikers and joggers and lunch time office walkers using the north shore trail. A Monday during April.

Just a reminder that it is busy out there.


chrishent
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This little pin seemed appropriate for this topic:

If it was cheaper, I’d buy a bunch of these and give them out to some of the cyclists we talk about on this board. Sure, a few of them are “straight-up” idiots and won’t change their ways, but there’s a lot a of them out there that ride idiotically out of ignorance. A friendly gesture may change that :-)


StuInMcCandless
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Setting the stage: Penn Ave at the 16th St end of the bike lane, Wednesday afternoon a bit after six. I have the red, with my arm out signaling a left. Traffic is backed up on 16th all the way back from Liberty, with a car halfway back into the Penn intersection, but northbound traffic on 16th is not impeded.

Two cyclists come up behind me, both running the red, one on my right, one on my left. The one on the right squeezes between the stuck car and the one in front of it, while the other one sails across 16th into oncoming Penn Ave traffic. They then got on the Penn sidewalk and continued on with some speed.

They were lucky; there was no northbound car for them to tangle with. Had there been one, they would have been creamed. But talk about stupid! Since when do you pass someone on the left when someone is signaling a left?


mjacobPGH
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I routinely see people jump between sidewalks in downtown and on Butler in Lawrenceville’s business district. Most don’t appear as though they are afraid to use the street but rather do it to avoid traffic.


J Z
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Some guy in high-vis & earbuds threaded my riding buddy and I the other day in the bike lane while we were waiting on the red at Clemente Bridge & Ft. Duquesne Blvd. Bush league, man. For sure, nevermind the complete disregard for the safety of other riders and oneself.

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