I have to say that one of the biggest peeves I have when riding to work along my chosen streets is when a car or truck (or as in my case, a seemingly Monster Truck) is parked on a bend where generally the road is or seems to be narrower. This of course would be insignificant to anyone who drives and therefore parks because parking is a right. Right? Where there is no sign, there is parking! But to me, the one who rides around the monster truck everyday, this is an issue.
I feel as though I have to convince the cars speeding up behind me that it is ok for me to be this far out in to the lane. Maybe they don’t see the monster truck parked there and are mad at me? Why do I care? It is my safety I am worried about, not theirs. I feel as though my choices are
- Do I wait at the back of the monster truck and then go around once the cars have passed or
- Do I tempt fate and manouver around the monster truck in the hopes that people see why I am doing this and slow down or swing out wider to allow me to pass.
On top of all this, for some reason I am quite often meeting the GRT Bus at the same bend in road where the monster truck lives.
I’m sure that it’s an availability thing, but why allow parking on a busy street on a sharp bend at all? This seems to be a safety issue not only for bicycles but for vehicles as well. A nice no parking sign on the bend would solve many issues.
I often see the same GRT bus (if I am 1 minute late) having to wait to go around the monster truck because it must swing in to the oncoming lane to get around it safely. Squeeze me in there and this is definitly a safety issue.
I don’t have the luxury of trails to my job. I ride on Victoria and Lancaster quite often, but the roads between are the major issue. There are plenty of spots available just a few feet further around the bend where it widens again. I believe the City needs to be more understanding of those areas that can cause congestion for a cyclist having to swing around parked vehicles in narrow areas.
I want to leave a note on monster truck guy’s windshield that says “Please move forward three squares, FTW!” but he might see me and squish me. I can think of a few more spots this happens but the solution is more care on the part of the city planning people on where no parking signs are placed. As a driver, I often come across no parking signs in areas that just don’t make sense. Why can’t I park at the side of the soccer field when I am clearly well off the road and it bothers nobody? Yet I am allowed to park on a blind bend where I am obviously in the way of many other vehicles and cyclists. This makes no sense.
Please, share with me your trouble spots. This must be something you notice as well on your commutes. Where do you feel unsafe? Do people park in spaces that shouldn’t be spaces to begin with?