To Linda in Fountain;
I think your explanation in why vehicle drivers own the road is severely misguided. You do not own the road exclusively because you pay gasoline tax. You own a portion of the road because you pay your taxes, just as I own a portion of the road because I pay mine, such as sales tax, state income tax, etc. To believe that paying the gasoline tax grants you some sort of priority is absolutely false.
To be honest, that tax helps to pay for the repairs that your vehicle does to the road, and surrounding obstacles. You rarely hear of a bicyclist taking out a light pole, street sign or median, but that seems to be a regular occurrence from those vehicles that can, and exceed your sacred speed limit. Not to mention all the emissions and oil consumption said vehicles do, and it could begin to look a lot like you should have to pay more.
All in all, I think what this issue really needs to break down to is common courtesy for your fellow travelers, whether they be motorized or not. When I am riding my bike, I make sure to stay as far to the right as safely possible. I am aware that I can not pedal myself up to 35 or 45 miles per hour, and try to give plenty of room to pass on the left.
In turn, I expect that the motorist behind me will grant me safe space to travel as well. If I am coming into his/her "portion" of the road, its not because I feel some sense of entitlement, its because I am running out of safe road area to travel. I am fully aware that me vs machine is a losing battle.
In closing, it'd be really great if everyone would just learn how to share the road. Just because you pay a tax doesn't grant you to be royalty of the road. When you state those kinds of opinions, you do come off like an asshole or a jerkoff. To the bicyclists that think that they own the road because of their interpretation of the law, there needs to be some common sense injected and common courtesy. There is no reason for anyone to ride in the middle of the lane, or to ride 4 bikes deep along one lane, blocking all of traffic. That kind of mentality is what makes you an asshole, a jerkoff or worse, a fatality. Let's exercise good judgement, share the road and stay off of each others backs. For motorists, that's not just goes figuratively but literally as well.
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