I’ve said it before – strict compliance with traffic rules is not my #1 priority when riding in the city. And while I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes my transgressions are driven by efficiency (sorry pedestrians; I’m not going to sacrifice my uphill momentum so you can lazily saunter across Pine), more often than not it’s because a driver is doing something stupid.
I’ve developed a radar for incipient driver stupidity. Catch even a whiff of it and I’m out of there, red light be damned.
Like this morning. Lady pulls up next to me in the curb (right turn only) lane on SB 15th at John. I’ve taken the center lane and am waiting for the light and she’s inching forward. I just know she’s going to cut me off so she can go straight.
So rather than let her try to gun it, cut me off and dodge pedestrians, I just pedal through the red light. And while I don’t go looking for rules to break, I probably end up doing something similar at least once every day.
So no, I’m no model of cycling rule obedience – but I’d rather be safe than right.
What rules do you break to stay safe when riding?