Chris Core is a WTOP commentator. Recently he gave a commentary on "Growing Phenomenon of Bicycle Road Rage." Here's the transcript with help from FABB's Bruce Wright
It's very impractical for a 5,000 lb vehicle that can go 80 mph to equally share the road with a 20 lb bike that does about 15 tops. Yet, bikers now apparently feeling newly empowered seem to feel it's perfectly fine for them to ride right in the middle of traffic doing 15 mph and get hostile when you drive around them.
Furthermore, many of them drive on narrow roads, like Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park, right next to the, um, bike path. And although they claim equal road rights and moral superiority over those of us in motorized vehicles, they are horrible scofflaws when it comes to passing, cutting in and out of traffic, and little details like stop signs. Not a sermon, just a thought. Two way courtesy is a core value.
Sigh. I just can't stand having the same fights over and over again. Why doesn't Chris Core call WABA and ask about some of this stuff? He just sounds like an idiot.
1. It is not impractical. Most people seem to be able to handle it. If you can't share the road with a bike, please leave your car at home. The size of the bike shouldn't matter - that is an argument against motorcycles as well. The speed shouldn't matter - that's an argument against Amish buggies, construction equipment etc...as well.
2. It is fine to ride in the middle of traffic doing 15 miles per hour. There is no minimum speed on roads where cycling is legal. Cyclists may, and often must, take a lane.
3. If cyclists get hostile when you pass, you're probably passing too closely.
4. The multi-use path in Rock Creek Park (not a bike path) is in poor shape, does not meet minimum safety standards and is too busy with other users for effective use as a commuter route.
6. Cyclists breaking the law bother him. Cyclists obeying the law by taking the lane and riding in the road with cars bother him. So he's just bothered by cyclists.
It was simply an observation... its what commentators do!
I bet Montgomery County would like its Keep Montgomery County Moving Award back.
I seem to remember NPR running an almost identical commentary a few years ago and shortly thereafter they allowed WABA to respond (I can't find it in my archive though).
Hopefully, WTOP will do the same.
Addendum: Almost forgot. This has nothing to do with a "growing phenomenon of bicycle road rage." The only people who seem angry are Chris Core and the unfortunate people he passes too closely.