I'm always seeing cyclists doing something blatantly illegal and unsafe and rather than write about them I've always wanted to capture the moment in a photo. After all a picture is worth a thousand words, right? I haven't had much luck because the moment usually happens so quickly and unexpectedly I don't have time get my camera out and get the shot. (Those of you who have seen me riding may have noticed I almost always have my camera strapped over my back.) I've always thought that if I could capture a few of the bike riders I've seen I could start a "Yer Doing' It Wrong" series of blog
This morning I was stopped on Lincoln waiting for the light to change so I could cross Boone. A car was in the left hand lane and another car was coming in the right hand lane behind me led by a cyclist. The cyclist pulled up next to me and we exchanged the normal pleasantries: "Howdy". "It's a good morning for a bike ride". While he spoke he looked left and right and then crossed against the red light. What the? I was surprised and then I remembered--Camera! I slung it around front, pulled the lens cap, powered it up, and just kind of aimed it without looking through the viewfinder. Got it!
On the plus side, he was wearing a yellow jersey and a helmet, and he had a blinky red light.
In a related topic, check out Betsy Lawrence's letter to the editor about cyclists in today's paper as well as the multitude of comments it generated. Of course, the inimitable and always entertaining soccermomsusie steps into the fray.