Turning the bike lane into a second car lane during rush hour? Let me make your life a little more difficult
So I live in a very large metropolitan city, and I try to get out and bike after work and during the weekend. I’m able to get my ride started early enough in the evening, that by the time I am returning home, it’s between 5-6pm; aka rush hour traffic. There is this one road I take that connects my neighborhood with the major bike path out of the city. This particular road has a fork that I take to the right. Unfortunately, this direction gets really jammed up at rush hour, so there is this habit that people have to use the bicycle lane as a second lane to snake other drivers on the inside. So tonight, after bobbing and weaving my way through aggressive and annoyed drivers, I found myself between two drivers trying to merge in to the two lane road. To my left, the lady who had patiently waited her turn to merge, and to my right, the leader of the douche-parade. A blacked out Dodge Dart blasting loud music with his windows down, with a vanity license plate that read something akin to “douche tool”. As I weaseled my way in front of his super sweet 4-cylinder pussy magnet, my bike suddenly had “issues”, which required me to immediately dismount, and fiddle with my stem. I didn’t do it long, because I value my life, but seeing three cars who had waited patiently get the drop on all the cheaters made me feel a little better. When I finally did get back on my bike, I made sure to ride extra slow to keep the parade riding their brakes.
TL;DR use the bike lane to snake traffic, I’ll stop my bike infront of you so that people who follow the rules can snake you back ;)