I have somewhat of a love hate relationship with bikers in Seattle. I think it’s great that people bike for exercise or to commute to work. Any method of getting cars off the road during the daily commute should be encouraged. But many of Seattle’s bikers can be a bit much. They think the rules of the road don’t really apply to them. Downtown it is commonplace for bikers to blow through red lights, zoom down sidewalks and engage in all sorts of other behavior that is rather annoying.
One of the problems stems from the simple fact that cars and bikes are supposed to share the road. Cars are big, heavy and fast. Bikes are tiny, light and fairly slow. This is not a good mix. It is kinda scary to watch bikers as they weave in and out of traffic. Bikes can ride on sidewalks, but there the problem is reversed. People walk slowly on sidewalks, while many bikes zoom up behind you with no warning. This behavior is dangerous and frightens the children. But a solution is at hand.
I came across a very cool new bike bell that if embraced by the sidewalk riding bike community might help let us lumbering pedestrians know when we are in danger of being run down from behind. Spurcycle has partnered with Bevin Brothers to produce the Ringer Bell. Bevin Brothers has been making bells in Connecticut since 1832, but last year their factory was destroyed by a lightning strike. But the firm has raised from the ashes and is again producing bells. So for all bikers in Seattle who ride on the sidewalk, I urge you to buy a Ringer Bell and warn us pedestrians if you are about to zoom by us. Incidently, Bevin Brothers also produces bells for Salvation Army ringers, ice cream trucks and cows. So the same logic applies; if you are riding your cow on the sidewalk, bell him as well.
Additionally, use cowbell if you become infected with a fever.