Bikers vs. Pedestrians
STAY IN YOUR LANE
Green definitely means go. Red means go if no one is around.
For the life of a biker, it is about looking out for yourself. The road is shared with a two-ton-plus brick of motorized madness vs. a 55-oz frame and a person. Can we really blame bikers for being a little rebellious?
There is no licensing process, no universally enforceable rules, and certainly no driver’s test for biking. From a young age, people use bikes as their first mechanism of freedom to explore our world. And bikers learn the hard way that we are held to the same standards as the two ton death boxes, without any of the legitimate checks and balances.
Thought of last but first to blame/h3>
Let’s make things clear, a biker is different from someone who takes their midlife crisis to cruise on a Harley in the scorching August heat out to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The biker is the average joe-shmo who forgot to set their morning alarm, stayed up last night to catch the season premiere of American Horror Story, left their lunch in their fridge, and is now frantically tearing down 17th Ave to catch their 9:30 physics lecture.
In these events, bicyclists often get labeled as the most dangerous variables on the roadway. It is important to put yourself in the shoes, or rather, the pedal cleats of a rider. In the 2016 Copenhagenize Index for “The World’s Most Bike-Friendly Cities,” Denver doesn’t show up on the list. Heck, the US isn’t even in the top five. While Denver is progressive in its cannabis consumption policy, there is a lot of work to do with non-motorized vehicle infrastructure.
Denver is plagued by bikeways with empty promises. The attempts at protected lanes only empty out into bedraggled intersections, or sideways whose construction deadline has been extended past 2020. Since bikes are seen as one of the lowest priority transportation methods, they are often thought of last, but the first to blame when something goes wrong.
“10 FEET, 10 FEET! BIKER RIGHTS!” cries Fred Armisen of Portlandia. In a world where the rules of the road aren’t equitably allocated, bikers have to stand up for themselves. It takes a bit of empathy to understand a biker’s perspective. In a dog-eat-dog-world, rebellion is how you survive. Until we decide that the safety of all drivers are the same—bikers are gonna do their own thing.
LOOK BOTH WAYS
Red means stop. Green means go. This basic law of traffic is taught to elementary school children. And most children seem to understand it. However, with age, people seem to care less and less about this very important rule.
Cars usually adhere to the rule, realizing that lives are at stake and it’s just rude not to. The ones most vulnerable to the sometimes-fatal side effects of breaking the rule are the reckless ones.
For some reason, there are pedestrians who feel the “Red means stop, green means go” rule does not apply to them or are just suggestions they can ignore. Crosswalks tell pedestrians to stop walking at a certain time for a reason. It’s because a fleet of two-ton hunks of metal are about to hurtle through the intersection, perpendicular to the crosswalk.
Strolling along as if they have a force field
Although, because most drivers don’t want the guilt and legal issues that come along with killing someone, some pedestrians think it’s okay to purposefully delay a driver’s day by running, or casually walking, in front of their car after the red hand tells them not to, just to save 30 seconds, while giving little thought to the line of traffic they are holding up.
As the cars’ green “Go” light turns on, there are still pedestrians strolling along, as if they have a force field and every car watching and waiting enjoys basking in their ignorant glory.
Some pedestrians are a little more considerate. If they choose to jaywalk, they at least look both ways to make sure a car isn’t about to run them over. However, there is still a mistake these pedestrians make. Sometimes they forget about, or don’t care about, those right-turners, trying to legally get where they are going. While a car turning right may have the right-of-way with a green light while the pedestrians have a red hand, pedestrians walk across anyways, flaunting their wheel-less feet and inconsiderate attitudes.
Sure, if you’re in a big hurry and are 100 percent sure there are no cars anywhere in sight, it might be OK to jog across a red crosswalk once in awhile. However, it is rude to hold up other people. You are not more important than they are. And if a car did come speeding up to you, you would not win. It is much smarter and more considerate to just wait your turn.