cyclepathic tendencies

red bike on campus

If you didn’t know, Davis is a cycling capital. There are bikes everywhere, and I mean everywhere – especially just before and after classes on the UC Davis campus. they come from left and right and behind and probably from above and below too. They’ll cut you up, whizz through stop lights, pay no attention to other cyclists turning, and occasionally mash each other up around the roundabouts (which can be entertaining). Just this morning a guy cycling behind me flew off his bike at speed while turning a puddle-riddled corner. I noticed he had headphones in both ears (oooh, that’s against the law). You see a lot of people texting while cycling too. WTF? There is a bike cop on campus who gives cyclists the odd telling-off for riding in no-cycling zones, and occasionally cops will stop cyclists who actually do follow the rules of the road, and give them a reward for their good behaviour. It’s true, I read it in the paper.

Sometimes, with all these bikes, there is just nowhere to park. The owner of this red bike just chained their road-bike to a lamp-post. That was nice of them. It gave me something to draw at lunchtime.

3 thoughts on “cyclepathic tendencies

  1. Seana says:

    I learned how to bike in Davis! (And by that I mean follow the rules). I was pulled over by a bike cop my first week in Davis. He nearly gave me a ticket for blowing a stop sign, but let me off with a warning when he found out I was new. Serious stuff, that.

  2. petescully says:

    They fill the street corners here with cyclist-catching cops those first weeks of the year! I’ve enjoyed riding my bike lately though, but next week it’ll rain. I can’t cycle in the rain. Fogs up my glasses.

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