Over the last twenty years biking has become an accepted and much safer way to get around the City of Boulder. Bike lanes, routes, and paths abound. However, motorists put up with a lot of construction in the process. When the 32 bike path underpasses were built, there were construction delays and cone zones. Some roads have less room for cars now due to bike lanes. The increasing number of riders often requires slower speeds, greater caution, and longer waits at lights. For the most part, motorists have taken this in stride except for the roughly five percent who complain about, and rebel against, cyclists in various ways.
Have cyclists reciprocated by being more considerate to motorists? Judging by cyclist behavior at red lights, the answer would be “no”. [read more]