Have been reading here for awhile, but first time post here. Want to share some recent experiences with evening bike runs in my neighborhood and welcome thoughts.
So twice in the last 6 months have had potentially dangerous or confrontational interactions with these evening bike parades. Thursday was by far the most dangerous (another one a few months ago was less so).
Driving down 17th about 9 pm, and several dozen bikes (felt like close to 100 but really don’t know) come the other way. There was no posting that the road was closed of any sort that I could see . . . if the road was closed, I would have taken another way.
No biggy, kind of cool actually, but as I am proceeding in my lane in a little electric car, about 15 or 20 of the bikes decided to drive directly towards me in the middle of the lane I am driving in. Some were flat out adversarial, hitting my car as they ride by.
This is dangerous in the day time; but at night it was incredibly so.
So I am trying to understand the thinking about these night bike rides. I can’t really see these people until they are quite close to my car, they are riding on the wrong side of the street; there isn’t a particular safe way to get off the street; and some of them are hitting my car going by.
Does the group of bikers hitting my car think I am in the wrong somehow to proceed down the street? What gives them the right to ride directly in the middle of a lane going the wrong way (particularly in the dark when I cannot really see them)?
Do the bikers safely riding in their own lane condone these bikers riding in the wrong lane hitting my vehicle?
Honestly, it felt a little like the indiscriminate destruction by some protesters we have seen the last year in Portland - plenty of folks in the group doing what they are doing, not harming anyone; but a segment that is deeply adversarial and (I think) clearly violating the law by biking on the wrong side of the street.
For what it worth, I bike a fair amount (well I did until my bike was stolen this summer), and as the handle mentions above, I drive an electric car. Trying to do my (little) part to be responsible to the environment. So not really sure why I am getting targeted by this mob (meaning the 15-20 folks riding in the wrong lane and being adversarial), other than happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.