I have had something on my mind since the group ride on Sunday.
My biggest fear out there was the cars because I *was* one of those drivers before. You know, the ones that ride super close to a cyclist. The ones that quickly swerve around you and act like a road hog. The ones who honk so loud it catches you off guard and you almost fall off your bike (okay, I don't think I ever did that).
But on Sunday, I finally understood. At church that morning, a member asked me why we rode on the road instead of on the trails. Good question I thought, so I brought it to the club. Personally, as a runner I hate cyclists on the trail. The trail isn't wide enough for runners in each direction and cyclists. Rarely do they give you enough room (I have been clipped by a cyclist twice while running) and they act like you should get off the trail so they can pass. But this is a runners position and I am no longer just a runner.
As a cyclist (lol - not really one, yet!), I learned a lot about their world at least from the perspective of this group. Each time a car approached us from behind, the last rider would yell, "Car pass" and we passed it up the line and we would all get over as far as we could, single file, and even slowed a little so the car could pass. Most of the time we rode single file, except when passing, as not to hog the rode. There were many hand signals exchanged between the riders to avoid pedestrians and even pot holes. Never once did the group run a light or a stop sign. They obeyed all of the laws just like a motorist. I was impressed and I started to feel guilty.
As a driver, I just figured they were making a political statement and wanted the same rights as motorists. My attitude was... yeah, but I'm bigger than you so you better watch out. I also wondered why they didn't use the trails that we have.... and we are blessed with a lot around here. I KNOW, horrible, right?
So here I am today, a budding triathlete (which means a wannabe cyclist) and I wanted to take a moment to ask you to SHARE THE ROAD. Give cyclists 3 feet. Not all cyclists are road hogs and I promise, they are looking out for the motorists - after all, you ARE bigger and you WILL win.
Share the road and save a life!