Readers may recall my surprise at witnessing London cyclists band together in packs and take over a lane of city traffic in order to better protect themselves from city motorists. They may also remember my British host, Brian, assuring me it would not be necessary to ride single file in the event of a passing motorist. This was all very unusual behavior, in my experience, and I was very pleased to see it.
As proof to Brian and all others not familiar with the cycling scene in America, I wish to enter the following newspaper article into the record:
Here, we find a concerned citizen who has called upon the local constabulary to deal with the menacing problem of being “caught behind a group of cyclists traveling in a pack when driving down MacArthur Boulevard on the weekends.”
At times, these packs of cyclists have been known to take up an entire lane, leaving motorists with only one lane to drive on should they choose to pass. The horror. Let us hope that Montgomery County’s Finest are up to the task of putting these brigands in their place. None less than the Chief of Police has signed a letter, reminding cyclists that they are only permitted to ride two abreast “if the flow of traffic is unimpeded.”
Violators face a fine of up to $90.
So there it is – two completely different views of how cyclists should interact with city traffic.