cycling 1:17:00  25.65 mi (3:00 / mi)
Work commute. I was pissed when I got in to work today. About halfway in I was stopped at a light at the bottom of the first hill. 2 years ago, Balto. county in its infinite wisdom extended a right-turn-only lane all the way up the hill, taking away a beautiful wide shoulder for biking. Now I have about 6 inches of concrete-splattered, rock and broken glass strewn asphalt between the line and the ditch all the way up the hill. Anyways, I take my lane at this intersection (like I do at almost all of them) at the red light because people have been known to turn across me both on green and on red at intersections and I don't wanna get kilt. So today some redneck comes up behind me at the red light and starts inching up on my rear tire, complaining that I'm preventing him from turning on red from this through lane. I point at the light and say its red. He says bikes never stop at red lights, so why now? I snapped back that "I stop at every goddam red light!" The fucking moron is preaching to me about right-of-way as he tries to make a right turn on red from one space back without even using his turn signal. If I had been in a car in that lane he would have just sat there and waited like it was nothing.
So the problem is if you run lights on a bike people hate you because you are "cheating" and they can't, but if you stop at lights they are still pissed because you are on a bike and you are simply in front of them...wasting their time...standing perfectly still at a red light.
I was fired up and cranked the rest of the way in. Luckily there was alot of good talk and awesome pics on attackpoint this morning so I promptly forgot all about it.