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Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 06/12/2011

The motorist’s worst enemy

A few weeks ago I was riding my bike east on M Street NW on the way to work, as I do nearly every morning. If you’ve never been on this road, it’s important to establish that, in an attempt to move the maximum number of vehicles in and out of the city as quickly as possible, M Street becomes a six-lane roadway during the morning and evening rush, with traffic signals timed so that motorists can cruise through Georgetown with as few stops as possible.

On this particular morning, I pulled up to the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue NW just as the light was turning red. As I waited, the motorist behind me started honking obnoxiously at me. He wanted to turn right on red, but I was in the way, and he wasn’t happy about it.

I’ve seen and heard enough anti-bike screeds to know that bicyclists who don’t always follow traffic rules usually get placed in the center of the debate. The argument often follows that if bicyclists want to share they road, they need to behave like motorists. And yet, there I was, getting honked at because I wasn’t illegally going through the red light on my bike. It was quite perplexing; but needless to say, I didn’t budge until the light changed to green.

[Continue reading Rob Pitingolo’s post at Extraordinary Observations.]

Rob Pitingolo blogs at Extraordinary Observations. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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