Original post made by Local Driver on Jan 9, 2011
1. About 20-25 bicyclists heading south on Portola Road blew through the stop sign while turning right onto Sand Hill. I watched a car that was traveling west on Sand Hill (with no stop sign and having full right of way) having to slow to almost a stop in the middle of Sand Hill because the clump of bikes blowing through the stop sign were spilling out of the bike lane into the road right in front of this car.
2. A couple of bikes were heading east on Sand Hill, evidently planning to turn left onto Portola Road (they weren't signalling, but since they were in the middle of the road, it could be assume that a left turn might be in their plans). Instead of staying in the lane, they cut across the intersection so that they ended up to might right, instead of to my left, in the middle of the road, instead of in the lane or bike lane where they belonged. They seem oblivious to the fact that their maneuver was unpredictable and dangerous.
3. Another couple of bicyclists were turning left from Portola Rd. onto Sand Hill, but instead of turning, they made a goofy little circle in the lane, gesturing to someone (us? finally I decided that they and another set of bicyclists were waving at each other to indicate where they wanted to go next.) Finally that "jay-rode" across Portola and headed onto Sand Hill westbound.
4. A pair of bicyclists actually stopped at the stop sign, looked for on-coming traffic, and then proceeded safely into the bike lane heading west on Sand Hill.
All of this happened in rapid succession, within about 30 seconds, while the cars just sat at the stop sign trying to figure out how to proceed.
All of the bicycle riders looked to be fully mature adults.
What's wrong with this picture? There was absolute chaos at this intersection. No one could tell what any of these bikes were going to do, except for the couple who actually FOLLOWED THE VEHICLE CODE.
Again, except for the 2 who followed the rules of the road, none of the bicyclists seem to even notice that there were other vehicles using the road.
I have not seen such a display of utterly self-absorbed behavior on our roads in some time.
The cars were all trying to stay safe and none of us could move because the bicyclists behavior was so unpredictable (not to mention dangerous.)
Comments? Particular from bicyclists? How about from some of those folks who were in that big clump of bikes that just blew through the stop sign and made that through-driver come to an almost complete stop in the middle of the road?
I was (and am) aghast.
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