Why cyclists dont stop at stop signs

A situation that has been addressed around the Atlanta area is cyclists ‘blowing through’ stop signs. I think what the motorists don’t realize is that the front cyclists slow down and check traffic and that the group goes through the stop sign as a whole. Although it is not legal, it is to most motorists advantage to get this group of cyclists out of their way faster.

I was out on a metro-Atlanta road and came upon a construction area that was single file. Before moving into the next lane, I looked over my shoulder and saw that over 100 feet back there was a car approaching. So I went from a leisure training ride into putting in a solid effort to rush through this construction zone.

After getting through it the car behind would not pass, and now I noticed that there were 4 cars that had backed up behind this 1 motorists. So, again, I pedaled in earnest up to the stop sign, slowed nearly to a stop, checked both directions and made my right hand turn.

Then about 200 yards up this road, a pickup truck pulls up next to me and starts yelling ‘if you want to be taken seriously as traffic, then obey the stop signs’, and of course sped off before I could reply.

Here I was trying to stay out of the way, not get hit and help the flow of traffic, and I got yelled at anyway.

What I don’t think most motorists realize is that cyclists do not want a car following behind them just as much as most motorists don’t want to have to drive behind a cyclist.

Another thing that motorists don’t realize is that historically those stop signs are there to regulate speed, not right of way;
Now, since only elite cyclists average over 22 mph – whose speed are they trying to regulate?

Here is a great video that explains the reasons why most cyclists do not stop at stop signs.

I agree with what the video says, cyclists are ‘usually’ more cautious around other motorists because we realize how distracted motorists are these days. Also, in an accident between an automobile & a bicycle, a cyclist realizes he has the most to loose.

What I would add that cyclists yielding to stop signs allows for better flow of traffic for everyone on the roads.

Something that I try to keep in mind is that motorists hate anyone else using the roadways, especially if it slows them down.

Safe Travels!

why motorists hate cyclists on the road

Dear cyclists,
If you think about it, it’s not really you, (well, most of you anyway – ride 3 abreast with a car-back & it IS you!) motorists are mostly just angry with anyone else (traffic) on the road. And if you are on the road also, well that just makes you an easier target of their annoyance. They can honk, yell, scream, intimidate & just press the gas pedal for a quick get-a-way.

Odd thing is that most cyclists hate cars driving behind them as much as anyone else!

Here is a timeless eye opening video:

Did you notice the names given?! Mr. ‘Walker’ – Mr. ‘Wheeler’ I would have said Mr. ‘Motorist’.

I think the trick to this is, don’t escalate things & don’t allow them to bother you emotionally. And remember, it’s not just cyclists that motorists are angry with – it’s anyone that is ‘in their way‘ or ‘slows them down‘, so try not to take it personally.

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Mountain biking Tsali

This past weekend I loaded up the Jamis Exile Single Speed and made the drive North to Almond, NC to one of my favorite Mt biking locations in the South east – Tsali. Tsali is a magical trail system located on one of the most amazing backdrop of The Great Smokey Mountains.

I got there late Friday afternoon, just in time to set up camp before dark. And that’s when the fun started. Hanging out by the campfire catching with friends that I haven’t seen for most of the Hot, Muggy summer we have had in the southeast.

Campfire and Niner single speed at Tsali.

One of the great things about Tsali is the ability to ride straight out of camp and onto the trails!! It is awesome to come back from a ride with perma-grin and pop open an adult beverage, heat up some food, and just hangout and chat about the ride. And fortunately it is cool enough to need a campfire in the evenings. And oddly enough, I just happened to see this picture opportunity pop-up one evening of Tad’s Niner hanging on a hook behind the campfire. We took several photos of this with various amounts of lighting on the bike.

Mouse loop overlook

The next morning we get up, eat, and get prepped to ride Mouse, followed by Thompson.
I honestly can’t remember much about riding mouse – but for some reason I seem to remember everything about riding Thompson, especially the finishing stretch down to the camping area. This is a longer downhill section with just enough twists, berms and turns to keep you on your toes.

Of course, since I brought a good friend who had never been here, I made sure that we got to each overlook. And Lady Luck was on our side as it was a peak leaf viewing weekend at altitudes above 4,000 feet.

The next day we headed out to ride Left loop. This such a great section of easy paced trail that followed along the edge of Fontana Lake. It gets challenging in a couple sections due to the narrow trail along the slate rock.

Lake Fontana, Left loop at Tsali.

From the overlook on the left loop, we headed over to the Right loop. This Right loop takes you from the overlook level back down to the lake level & then back to the Tsali parking lot.

All the trails are quite groomed at Tsali, but what makes them so much fun is the speed and maintaining your momentum on the berms in the corners. Running the Jamis Single Speed at Tsali was Great! I ran a 32×20 gear, and although it seemed a bit on the easy side a couple of places, for several of the climbs I was glad I wasn’t running a smaller cog. Any place that was flat or downhill & straight enough that I wanted more gearing didn’t last long enough to really warrant a bigger gear. And I was surprised to find on the couple of climbs that I had to get off the bike (don’t say walk) was where a rider in front of me caused me to loose momentum or the rear wheel spun out on me.

This wasn’t my first weekend at Tsali, but I think I got much better pictures this time!

Steve Jobs Cycling technology fading iPod

Along with the passing of Steve Jobs, so it seems is the passing of 1 of cycling’s best technological advances, the iPod. Yes, Once Apple iPod was named cycling’s greatest technology advancement by Velonews in 2003?


This got a velonews technological advancement not necessarily because it was bicycle oriented, but because it made those 6 hour days in the saddle much more tolerable! Now suddenly you could have a upbeat song in your head instead of some lame children’s song or a Guns & Roses love ballad – for hours on end.

Some people complained that you can’t hear anything while riding w/ headphones, but I never listened to my music that loud, I just liked having a rhythm in the background. I would hear most cars approaching just as anyone else would, I would hear anyone conversing with me and infact I once overheard a conversation about me that they didn’t think I could hear…. which was basically ‘does he always ride with headphones?’ Answering that question often stopped the conversation.


One thing that I loved about my 2nd generation iPod that the iPod’s predeccessor, my Android phone, (that has replaced my iPod for long rides now) doesn’t have is a wired remote. With the wired remote, I could pause, fast forward, rewind & change volume as I pedaled. Now I have to use 1 hand and take the risk of dropping my phone to do that.

Now many years later the iPod is being phased out. But it’s impact is still felt in the technological advances that we have today, including iPhones, Androids, and iPads.

“Computers are like bicycles for the mind.” ~Steve Jobs
Prompting the quote “iPod therefore iRide”.