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Cyclists are a Hazard

This seems to be a growing an annoyance/hazard, or at least something that has become more apparent to myself. I’ll come out and say it. I hate cyclists. They are a danger to themselves and to others and they just plain look weird.

If you choose to pick up cycling as a hobby, then by all means go ahead and give it a whirl, but keep it off the public streets. You are recklessly endangering your own lives and cause a unnecessary risk to drivers when you go on public streets. This is an even bigger issue on Texas Tech’s campus. I can’t count how many times I have been driving on campus and a cyclist chooses to ride down the middle of the road blocking all traffic, or they run a stop sign causing a driver to slam on the breaks to avoid a collision. They regularly run red lights, take illegal turns and ride on the side walk and weave through pedestrians almost hitting them. They treat themselves as both pedestrians and drivers; choosing to acknowledge which ever set of rules will most benefit them in that moment.

I know cyclists will complain, saying, “But we have no where else to ride.” To that I say, I don’t care. There a several bike paths around the city to enjoy or you can drive 10 minutes outside the city limits and you can ride your bike with no endangerment to anyone while enjoying a fantastic view. Plain and simple, cyclists do not belong on the roads.

Want an idea of what happens when cyclists choose to ignore the rules because they just assume people will always yield to them? Watch the video and see what happens:

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