What’s the deal with bikers (I mean bicyclists) in New York? They have all the rights and no responsibilities, it seems. There are no rules for them: they ride on red light, they ride in the wrong direction, they don’t slow down for you when you cross the street, and all of this is seasoned with such sneer, with such superior attitude! Because, you see, they care about the environment, so they don’t have to follow rules. They are holier than thou. They seem to be the most powerful lobby in NYC, because I can’t think of any street these days that doesn’t have a bike lane.
When I cross the street, I’m accustomed to look in the direction of the coming traffic, even if it’s my green. There are plenty of nuts out there. But I have never seen a car going the wrong way on the one way street. Bikers do that all the time, and I don’t think they see anything wrong with it. You see, they are not really transport so traffic rules do not apply to them; and they are not really pedestrians, so they don’t have to wait for their green light. I was crossing a street the other day, my green, his red. He’s riding his bike faster than 30 MPH and is not slowing down. I thought to myself – I’m not stopping or speeding for this fucker – let him brake. Two feet from me he finally swerved to the side and only after I shouted at him: It’s your red! He said OK as if there was nothing wrong with it and kept going. The other time I was unloading my car in front of my building and because I haven’t learned to hover over the ground yet, I was standing in the bike lane. Of course, here comes the biker. “Bike lane!” he shouts at me. “Fuck you!” – I didn’t find any other words. But seriously, how am I supposed to load/unload?
Once I was driving on Houston and there was one of those in front of me, obviously aware of my presence behind him, but I guess he was trying to make a point. I was trying to make a light and he was going, like 10MPH, wallowing in his own environmental superiority and thinking that he’s teaching me a lesson. I’m a very good driver, so I went ahead and surgically cut him off, literally 2 inches away. Didn’t touch him, but apparently scared the shit out of him, because he caught up with me on the next light, screamed some obscenities at me and shifted my left mirror. It gave me great satisfaction, though, because I’m sure next time he will think twice before slowing down traffic.
It’s not that I don’t care about environment, don’t get me wrong. I just hate to see this holier than though attitude among some on the Left, that really makes them no better than the Bible-thumpers, so certain in their righteousness. All I want is for them to follow the fucking rules! Because I do. And let me live my life the way I want.