After over a year of construction, my “Benoto” bike is officially up and running, thanks to the bikechain’s helpful help getting the crank properly set and tightened. It will be excellent to have wheels to get around the cube, and hopefully outside of it. Also, for quick nips down the street to Futures, and to spend time with my new everyday friend.
Riding a bike again, however, has made me pause and reflect on the ethics of bike behavior. Specifically, I’m referring to the “liberties” cyclists take with respect to traffic law. Cyclists in my experience (especially myself) take advantage of traffic law when it benefits them (i.e. gives them more rights), and break it when its to their advantage (i.e. cyclists seize the right to run late yellows, to pass through pedestrian reds, to make illegal left turns, to ride far more quickly than is safe in close quarters etc…) This behavior certainly must, on the odd instance, cause traffic accidents (although it is likely that far more often the cyclist is injured). Still, what worries me is that this behavior is generally condoned by the cycling community, and especially by its advocates who tend to be close with the cycle courier community (probably the worst offenders of these kinds of problems).
Do people have opinons on this?
EDIT: My frickin crank came frickin loose again, I guess I have to go frickin repair it again at the bike chain. However, this might indicate I need a new crank altogether. Frickin.