Al Pacino in Spandex biking on Longboat Key
Editor & Publisher
I have recently taken to watching bicyclists and motorists interact on Longboat, the Ringling Bridge and St. Armands. And let me say, while on the whole bicyclists are respectful of the dangers and the autos whizzing by at twice their speed, a few think they must behave like a cross between Lance Armstrong, Al Pacino and a mid-life crisis wrapped up too tightly in Spandex.
I am talking about, for one, those who feel their rear ends deserve to butt into traffic. You can already hear their whiney, “It’s as much our road as anybody’s.”
On a drive Wednesday to Sarasota from the Centre Shops, I saw a total nut pull at 30 mph between a Mini and a Lexus. He proceeded to keep up sandwiched at 35 mph between the two vehicles. The drivers looked terrified and confused. Then the cyclist looked back at his friend whom he left in the dust and pumped his fist into the air.
Next, going over the Ringling Bridge, three are biking side-by-side and blocking the right-hand lane. The one jutting out was not oblivious to the fact he was blocking traffic, he had the special attitude. I am sure if anyone looked at him he would offer up his “Little Friend,” the middle finger.
I mean no disrespect to the majority of cyclists — those whom ride neatly in the bike lane displaying a blend of athleticism, exercise, and respect for the road and traffic surrounding them. It is the other ones who need to be called out for what they are — rude and dangerous. Those who stick their butts over the white line should be ticketed for failure to maintain speed. After all, if a scooter, a tricycle or wheelchair was over the white line blocking traffic the police would assist and intervene.
Let’s demand our police start ticketing and educating the rear ends of our renegade cyclists before a fatality and the blame game begins.