While this isn’t a “commuting” related post many commuters also ride recreationally all around the city and surrounding counties. This weekend I too will be out on a “training” ride for improving my speeds and efficiencies for commuting to work so I can cut down my commute time to less than 25 minutes. That being said, there are obviously some scofflaw bicycle cyclists out there who don’t follow the rules of the road and the Goochland County Sheriffs department is finally doing something about it since this is a major crime issue for Goochland. While blasting through red lights and ignoring stop signs (who can see them anyway when your riding the wrong way down a one way street?) may be considered commonplace or even proper etiquette amongst the urban sack bag, tiny hat, shants crowd, the lycra set really should know better and has the disposable income to afford paying the fines (user fees?) generated from the Goochland Sheriffs offices’ crack-down on these serious traffic malfeasances. Obviously, I am taking the piss out of the situation and no one should be ignoring the law when cycling but a crack-down on cyclists in the west end who are simply out putting their crabon and lycra to some good use don’t really seem like a serious law enforcement threat to me. Of course, I usually get accosted in some manner (didn’t say I don’t like it) on a daily basis (streetz are for cars!) so it’s hard for me to even grasp that there is a parkway where you can ride in relative freedom free from heavy auto traffic in a big loop. While I’ve never actually ridden on West Creek Parkway I’ve traveled by it several times on a loop I tried a few times from Carytown area out Patterson to the State Pennitentiary where there is a bridge that crosses the river and you can circle back to Robious Road. That loop sucked pretty much as Patterson Ave is simply too busy to be enjoyable for me. Either way, looks like the sheriff is flexing his doughnut hole and has spoken with these scofflaw cyclists so these type of serious infractions should be reduced.
Link here for the article on NBC 12 with a nice little Video (which I can’t figure out how to embed).