But all too often, you're sitting on your horn, screaming at us and generally acting as if you own the road. Guess what? You don't. Under state law, bicycles are considered vehicles and have just as much right to the road as cars.This column generated A LOT of heated commentary on Boston.com. Mostly, I agree that -- in a perfect world -- cyclists wouldn't run red lights or ride in crosswalks or go down one-way streets the wrong way. All these things bug me TO NO END.
But, cyclists DON'T obey the rules, which basically says that they are a vehicle just the same as a car. I do believe, especially in the city, that it's too dangerous for bikes to be on sidewalks sideswiping pedestrians. So bike people, let's stop trying to have it both ways -- if you want to be respected on the road, act like you'ree in your car. All the time.
On the same day this article came out, a Northborough native -- only 22 years old -- was killed in Dupont Circle in D.C., near where I used to live. Just another reminder that sometimes these accidents can't be avoided, even in a bike friendly city like D.C.