I was reading a book when a group of bike readers practically ran down a girl and then cursed her. It’s clearly marked (yield to ped), but as they had been riding in a pack of five bikes, the herd mentality takes over,
This happened several times, and I have to admit that my first instinct was to think “oh good, it doesn’t happen just to me.”
Then I became angry. Why do people feel superior when bike riding in packs? Why do they stay in pedestrian areas, and don’t think that they have to give advance warning to walkers?
Riverside Park used to be a great walkers park. There’s a section that’s blocked off to bike riders but during the week the bike riding ban isn’t always enforced.
While New York is being lauded for the Disneyfaction of Times Square, and much more, it’s becoming increasingly hard to be a walker in a city that has always been known for being one of the greatest walking cities. Now San Diego beats it in walking polls; and I love San Diego.
Oh I sound so disgruntled, and I’m not really. Just tired of being a walker in a city that lauds itself for having something for everybody. Don’t really like having to take the subway up to Riverdale where there are hills and walker friendly places, or the subway anywhere to walk. That sort of defeats the purpose.
Why do so many bike riders feel so superior?