Dear Mr. Motorist…

This is a stop line. Check for traffic before crossing. Wait until it is safe before going forward.

Your local city government went to a lot of trouble and expense to paint nice bright wide white lines across your lane at the intersection. These lines actually have a name and are known as a “stop line”, which curiously enough, means that you have to stop on or before them, check for traffic, both vehicular, and pedestrian, and wait until it is clear to proceed. I realize that some lines may be missing or worn out, but then I know you are fully aware that you then have to stop at the sign or corner.

So Mr. Motorist, why do you insist on completely ignoring them, pulling your land yacht over them and completely blocking all pedestrian and cyclist traffic from the intersection. I understand you urgently need to get into traffic, and those extra 2 to 3 feet you intruded upon will save a huge amount of time in your busy day, not to mention all the gas savings you will have. I know the law is silly and such an inconvenience, and those pesky pedestrian and crazy cyclists have no right to impede on your roadways, let alone make you wait a few extra seconds at the intersection. In fact why stop at the intersection at all? Just roll on through and force everyone to stop for you. After all no one is more important than you right?

WRONG! STOP ON THE FRIKKING LINE YOU MORON! …..was that gentle enough? You can roll forward after you stop and check for pedestrian and bike traffic. Remember share the road. It is as much mine as it is yours.

Ok enough ranting… Todays ride was my normal Lakes Park Ride, although it felt like an obstacle course today.

Route: Lakes Park via  Six Mile Cypress
Activity: Cycle
Started: Oct 21, 2010 9:19:11 AM
Ride Time: 1:40:32
Stopped Time: 36:58
Distance: 24.61 miles
Average: 14.69 miles/h
Fastest Speed: 22.39 miles/h
Climb: 193 feet
Calories: 1640
Official Route: No

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