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Rage and Glory

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May 9, 2019 12:14 p.m.

If you missed it, definitely listen to my new podcast discussion with cycling and safe streets advocate Doug Gordon. I learned a lot and it was a good conversation. But it’s not all fun and games! TPM Reader JG shares some troubling experiences with cyclist rage …

Enjoyed your podcast on bicycles.

I live in Westlake Village, CA which is a suburb on the Northern border of Los Angeles County with Thousand Oaks (Ventura County). We have lots of mountain road and attract a lot of bicyclists. (Amgen in located in Thousand Oaks and is a sponsor of the Tour of California bike race.)

I don’t have statistics to quantify this, but we have a significant number of bike riders for recreation and to stay fit. We have several bicyclist groups who ride on the weekends and these groups can create pelotons of a large number of bicyclists.

There is an elementary school near the cross-roads of some of the more scenic rides, and the bicyclist meet up there. There are no open bathrooms at the school, and the bicyclist use the kids handball courts as urinals.

My point: The bicyclist seem to develop a large sense of entitlement and as a point of pride will hog lanes of traffic and block vehicle traffic. Mulholland Highway which is a two-lane rural road that attracts a large number of bicyclists on weekends, and the pelotons occupy a whole lane blocking traffic forcing traffic to cross a double yellow line to pass them.

I don’t understand the mentality, but the male bicyclists become quite aggressive and will swear, flip off and otherwise threaten vehicular traffic. I have trouble sympathizing with the bicyclists, even if I am a fan of the movie, “Breaking Away.” It’s no longer chill.

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