Dear cyclists, I apologize on behalf of some of my fellow pedestrians. You probably thought it would be great having a protected bike lane to keep bicycle traffic better separated from automobile traffic. Unfortunately, now cyclists have to worry about another hazard: Oblivious fussgängers wandering into their bike lanes. As a pedestrian myself I see the need to inform my less considerate peers that bike lanes are not pedestrian waiting areas.
Quick! Pinch me! Did someone who walks in Chicago actually offer an apology to bicyclists? Hurrah!
So before the two-wheeled crowd starts blathering away on the Chicago ‘Whine and Jeez’ Cycling Forum about how they were right about being upset with the behavior of pedestrians, someone in the Urban Cycling Movement should offer up an apology for cyclists using the crosswalk as an ‘amber gambling‘ haven as they sprint to make a light.
But even more to the point is the use of the crosswalk to sneak through intersections on red lights by actually riding in the crosswalk in the manner of a pedestrians crossing the street! Yikes!
I have watched as more than one dog walker seeking to get their pets across Des Plaines have to dodge a cyclist who on his way up Jackson at breakneck speed forgets to stop and instead proceeds through the light even though a right turn on red is prohibited.
So Which Of Us Is Going To Be The First To Repent In Print?
This could be an inspiring moment in which the ‘We are all in this together‘ mood takes over. But I am not going to hold my breath. I kinda suspect that the author of this piece is a cyclist or at least has gotten inspiration from cyclists to do a bit of crosswalk-shaming on their behalf.
Doesn’t make a bit of difference to me, so long as cyclists and pedestrians have a Kumbaya Moment.