Quick Vent

2 Oct

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people either choose to disregard or simply don’t pay attention to the space they are occupying and whether or not it makes sense for them to be there.  THIS MEANS YOU, group of people standing in the middle of a crowded and busy NYC sidewalk.  ALSO YOU, person coming down the up subway staircase, against the flow of foot traffic.  But most of all, and specifically in this post, I mean bikers in the pedestrian lane and pedestrians in the bike lane.

I run over the Queensboro Bridge a few times a week — the upper level (the lower level is the one incorporated in the NYCM, for the record.)  For those of you (most of you, I presume) who have never run over the upper level, there are CLEARLY MARKED lanes.  The lane closest to the water is for pedestrians.  The one closest to the traffic is for bikes.  Here, I’ll show you how clearly marked they are.

taken from Gothamist

I think you can see that there are pictures of BIKES in the left lane and pictures of PEDESTRIANS in the right lane.  This is pretty clear, no?

Nearly every time I’ve run over the bridge, I’ve seen cyclists in the pedestrian lane.  I almost always stand my ground, and they go around me.  There was one time where a cyclist was approaching me in the pedestrian lane, yelling at me as though I was in the wrong, and we had a brief, profanity-infused verbal altercation as we passed one another.  Thus, I’ve had some animosity toward cyclists on the bridge.

This morning, however, I was more than a little dismayed by some fellow runners.  As I approached the bridge on the Queens side, I noticed a running group gathered at the entrance.  Soon thereafter, a few of them passed me.  Fine.  As I continued toward the Manhattan side, the ones who had gotten to the other side already and had turned around were running back IN THE CYCLISTS’ lane.  I got to the Manhattan side and turned around to run back and as I did so, I passed more and more runners in the cyclists’ lane.  I kept thinking about how dangerous they were making it not only for themselves, but for me– since the cyclists had to veer into my lane in order to go around them.

I really don’t get what is so hard about this.  F*cking pay attention to where you’re supposed to be!  I really wanted to say to someone from the group “Not to be a jerk, but do you realize that every single one of you is running in the cyclists’ lane?”  However, I am a wuss.

Maybe next time.

Oh, and here is the link to the article on Gothamist where I got the pic.  The article — and you’ll obviously see this if you click — is about a pedestrian being struck by a cyclist on the bridge…

11 Responses to “Quick Vent”

  1. runningseal at 2:03 pm #

    I get so angry when cyclists don’t stay where they belong. Actually I would prefer they didn’t exist at all.

    • Katie at 2:08 pm #

      Oh, me too, definitely. But this morning, it was the runners in the wrong! Giving us a bad name! Grrrr….

      • Cheryl Allison James at 2:50 pm #

        I know who the runners were this morning who you saw! It was terrier tri. And, what is worse is that they are cyclists too!

        P.S. this blog entry cracked me up.

  2. chanecia17 at 2:15 pm #

    I can dig it. As a cyclist AND a runner, it annoys me to no end. Especially when Im cycling and see pedestrians in the cycling lane. And, they always have major TUDE about almost being run over. The lanes are clearly marked like you said. It makes me wonder, how many fitness freaks get into the zone so much so, that they think it’s all about them. We are not even going to discuss the cyclists or the pedestrians that don’t follow the lights that are on the multi use lanes. They are there for a reason.

  3. Rachel at 2:53 pm #

    This reminds me of the bicyclist/pedestrian/car situation where I live in Ann Arbor. We have bike lanes on most of our roads and sidewalks on many of them as well, but people are incredibly selfish here when it comes to road space. The poor bicyclists aren’t welcome on the sidewalks, but in the bike lanes the cars don’t respect them. The other day I was riding a bike in a bike lane and, since riding in the road means following the rules of the road, I stopped at a four-way stop sign. Then a car stopped at another of the four signs, and I started to move into the intersection because the rule is that whoever stops first goes first. Well, guess which stupid car tried to go before me. -_-

    Anyway, I guess I’m saying I feel your pain about people not respecting where they are supposed to be and other people on the road/path.

    • Katie at 3:02 pm #

      Ugh, how frustrating! It is unfortunate that some drivers are so disrespectful of cyclists!
      On another note, I need to get out to Ann Arbor some day. My bf went to grad school there and I hear it’s a lovely place!

  4. I totally agree (although I am biased towards thinking bikers are worse than runners of course). Sometimes I turn into one of those nuts in the park yelling at bikers – I never stop – but maybe yell “stay in the correct lane” etc. Not to mention how annoying people going in the wrong direction.

    Whilst I am joining in the quick rant session – people on the street who feel they must push through / not veer of course as if to prove to themselves that they are more important. Lame!

    And subway door blockers… ay ay ay!

    ok rant over 🙂 That was fun

    • Katie at 3:09 pm #

      Haha, I feel exactly the same about all of these things. DON’T GET ME STARTED ON SUBWAY ETIQUETTE!!!!!!!! 😉

  5. ugh, bikers! i refuse to call them cyclists b/c i know calling them bikers pisses them off (or so i was told). so annoying.

    runners are to blame some of the time. i refuse to get out of their way if they are running the wrong direction.

  6. thethinksicanthink at 9:51 pm #

    Agree – I’m terrified of being it and if I biked I’d prob be afraid of hitting a person. I try to be cognizant (now, the people who yell at runners in central park – another story…)

    wish nycm ran on the TOP of the queensboro!

  7. Kate @ Run with Kate at 4:37 pm #

    How have I never read your blog before? I think I may be obsessed. San Diego is wonderful and completely ideal for endurance athletes; however, I do miss a big city from time to time. 🙂

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