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Editorial on Weavers

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On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:08PM | By: Karen Cook


Editorial on Weavers

My father bought his first motorcycle when he was sixteen. He still rides today. I was fascinated, but my mother wouldn’t let me ride with him until I was three. I’ve been riding since then. It’s a wonderful feeling! As long as it’s not raining, too cold, or love bug season. But, yes, it’s a little dangerous. That’s part of its appeal, though.

Because I’ve been around motorcycles all my life, I naturally watch out for them on the road. We all should, and we all know that. I don’t need signs to tell me to pay attention and neither should you. But what about the weavers and dodgers? We’ve all seen them on the interstate when the traffic is bad. They ride on the line between the cars trying to get just a little farther up the road. Are they all going to emergencies? Are all their wives in labor, maybe? I don’t think so and neither do you. They are taking advantage of their small size to avoid the traffic jam that the rest of us are stuck in. Does it make you mad? Me too, but not for the obvious reason. Sure, they’re butting in line, but what bothers me is that if a motorcyclist gets hit who’s at fault? According to all the bumper stickers it’s the guy in the car, right?

I’m a firm believer in suffering the consequences of my own actions. If I do something stupid I expect the universe to smack me for it and I don’t feel I can blame that on anyone else. If I drive my car recklessly and hit a tree, well, it wasn’t the tree’s fault. I should have known better. Those motorcyclists who weave through traffic expecting others to watch out for them should be watching out for kharma. No matter how conscientious the other drivers are they can’t account for the unpredictable actions of an arrogant biker.

I know this doesn’t apply to most bikers. But if it applies to you (and you know who you are) please think about what you’re doing when you weave. Do you really want to take the chance that someone doesn’t see you? Grow up and be responsible. Help the rest of us watch out for you. Give yourself a chance.

(Step off soap box and exit stage left.)




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stevek | 11:38PM (Thu, Sep 5, 2013)

It's a little known fact among most drivers, that in some states across the country, California for one, it is legal to ride between the lines of cars in heavy traffic on the highways and interstates for motorcyclists. Many other states have had legislation introduced to legalize "lane splitting". In many countries, such as Japan and most European countries, it is also legal for motorcycles and bicycles. It's said in studies, that this reduces the instances of rear end crashes among cars and motorcycles, and reduces fatalities as well. Of course there are those that do so in a dangerous manner, but they are the minority



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