www.houstonbicyclecl ub.org/Pages/SafetyB ikeLaws.aspx So bike guy is flying down the sidewalk along West Lake Houston by Randalls. I turn right to go into Randall's parking lot, I don't even see bike guy and barely miss him. So what does bike guy do? Flip me off. Dude, it was your fault, you should slow down or stop at the entrance/exits. Heck, if you read the ordinance, you shouldn't even have your bike on the sidewalk. You should spend more time reading the ordinances than trying to find which jester outfit and matching helmet to wear.
He shouldn't have been on the sidewalk to begin with. hwat, I am supposed to stop on W lake houston and get plowed from the guy behind me? dude is going full speed where there are busy parking lots (Alspaughs, Randalls) he should use the brakes or even stop at the entrances.
You dont know what you are talking about TexINS. The only locations in the city where riding a bike on the sidewalk is prohibited is in a Business District. Currently, there are only two Business Districts ordinanced in the city: the CDB or Central Business District (downtown) and the GDB or Galleria Business District. See Sec. 45-302.
State law also requires a driver to stop before crossing a sidewalk.
Exactly. Plus the overhang of the oaks makes that part of WLH very shady, hard to see walkers let alone bikers.
If that is the case, and you know it is the case, then you have violated the Basic Speed Law which states, "No peson shall drive a vehilce at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circimstances or under the conditions then existing or under the conditions and having regard to actual and potention hazards (Transportation Code Sec 545.351)."
You know that the trees make that portion of the road shady and makes it hard to see cyclists and pedestrians, it is your responsibility to slow down. As an extreme analogy, consider if you are on the freeway with a 65 mph speed limit. But, you become aware of school kids playing on the roadway. You cant use the fact that you had the right of way and the 65 mph speed limit as a defense why you didnt slow down or stop.
I find it ironic that you say you cant slow down on WLHP because someone will run into the back of you, thereby declaring WLHP unsafe, but you consider perfectly reasonable for a bike to be on WLHP.
Slow down. Be careful. Wave back to the mean cyclist with all 5 fingers.
I am a cyclist and I am with TexasINS on this- many of those sidewalks and greenbelts have STOP written on them when crossing streets and places like pull ins to shopping centers- in my mind that gives right away to whoever is on the road crossing the greenbelt.