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I want to start this with the statement that I know not all bicyclists are bad, but this one caused so much headache for me today.

I'm on my way home from work and realize there's a lot more traffic than usual, and wonder why. Then I notice in the right lane, a bike riding right in the middle of the lane. In Illinois the law for bikes says that they have to stay as far to the right side of the roadway as possible, if they're on a roadway where they're going slower than the speed of traffic. I didn't know that at the time, so I just chalked it up to bad luck that I got stuck near a bike, share the road, etc etc and let all the cars behind him merge into my lane and passed him, happy that the traffic was over. Then I hit a red light. The biker rode in between the lanes at the red light, to the front of the car line, and stopped there. Then I started seething as I would have to go through all that merging traffic again because he broke the law. I don't really get why bikes are on the road instead of the sidewalk (bike + pedestrian is much less dangerous than bike + car), but I acknowledge that it's a thing and that if a bike chooses to do it I should make room for them. But to make a point of making it difficult for cars to drive by using the road, only to then break the rules of the road? Ughhh.


I kept hitting red lights and every time he hit the same ones and biked to the front so I had to deal with the traffic around him biking for miles. It's not illegal for bikes to be on the sidewalk in this state, and there was a perfectly smooth pedestrian-free sidewalk right next to him. Instead he had to ride in the middle of a 45 mph road, creating traffic everywhere he went, only to break the law to get to where he's going faster. I almost cheered when cars started honking at him.

I know GT is very pro-bike and I'm not trying to make any larger point about bicyclists and sharing the road or anything, so please don't take it that way. I just want to rant about the bicyclist that screwed over my commute.

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