This post is not only meant for the motorcyclists out there (both local and cross-boarder ones), but also a message to drivers as well (to be on the look out for them).
I understand that the sheer temptation to ride in between lanes, be it on the smaller roads or especially the highways, is very high. It allows riders to get to their destination somewhat faster and also it allows bikers to move ahead of the pack during a traffic jam.
The act of riding between lanes is foremost against the law, but let's put that aside for now, as the sheer danger of being squashed between vehicles is even more severe a "penalty" than a fine or demerit points.
On several occasions, I am honked at by the bikers for the following scenario:-
- for "hogging" the area near the lane dividers, thus depriving them the chance to use it
- for changing lanes when they're just behind me trying to rush through the lane dividers
It would appear to the riding community that I have been rather inconsiderate in my behaviour while I am on the road. My car is bigger than any motorcycle out there and certainly, I am in a state of comfort in my air conditioned ride along with the added safety of pure metal wrapping me, instead of me having to use my fleshy body to wrap around the bike itself.
But what I think could be of use to both communities is that simple acts for bikes like:-
- not dashing in front of a car suddenly
- not clogging in front of a car past the stop line
- not riding dangerously between cars
- not riding between two lanes
All these acts would lead to a much better road environment, both for safety as well as the sheer reduction in road anger.
These views are solely my own as a driver. I know that there will be bikers out there who feel justified in some of the above acts, but the message I am trying to drive at is that it is a matter of road safety rather than the pride of driving a car versus riding a bike.
Afterall at the end of the day, if a biker were to have accidently brushed against my car during an overtaking move, all I'd be screaming about is the fact that I'd need to respray that panel, while the rider might be screaming in pain instead from the brush or the fall.
Edited by Chromas, 02 November 2007 - 08:33 AM.