Mar 6, 2001 4:07 AM
|Part of my commute to work involves a section of road with pretty heavy logging truck traffic. I was discussing this with a friend at work, and expressed my apprehension at riding on this road. He told me not to worry about the truckers, they were actually my best friends. Every morning he hears them call out on their CB radios, "Hey, good buddies, heads up for the guy on the bike on route 151." All of them are aware of me, and look out for me. If I could only get that kind of assurance from the idiots in cars on their cell phones.
For those of you who ride in truck traffic, I hope this sets your minds at ease at least a little bit.
|re: Truckers||mike mcmahon|
Mar 6, 2001 5:02 AM
|I've never had a problem with truckers. In my experience they're courteous and cautious around cyclists. Most will merge at least partially to the left to give cyclists room on the shoulder. However, transit bus drivers are a different story. In southern California, I have the misfortune of playing "leapfrog" with transit buses on an almost daily basis. Many MTA bus drivers seem intent on seeing how close they can come to cyclists without actually hitting them. And don't get me started on Lexus drivers. %@!|
|Give'em their props...||E3|
Mar 6, 2001 5:44 AM
|...as they roll by you. Wave at'em, smile, etc. Let them know you appreciate them, that you're a friendly guy.
There's lots of heavy oilfield trucks on my highways that see me repeatedly, so I wave and try to spread a little goodwill. They wave, sometimes honk, and always give me wide berths. I look at them as allies on the road.
|This is Refreshing News! Thanks! nm||gusriley|
Mar 6, 2001 7:59 AM
|They are pro's!||Largo|
Mar 6, 2001 11:23 AM
|Truckers are usually the best drivers on the road.
If only the rest of the drivers out there could be 1/2 as courteous.
Sometimes they give a little shot on their horn if they are coming up behind, just to let you know whats up. Give em a wave, not the bird.
|Hey, do you think they might let me..||Peetey|
Mar 6, 2001 12:16 PM
|Hey, do you think they might let us draft off of them a la Breaking Away? What was the company name on the trailer, Cinzano?|
|Truckers (and most other auto drivers) are a-holes in my country||Erap Estrada|
Mar 6, 2001 10:19 PM
|It's great that truckers over there are very courteous. Not so here! Truckes often DRAG RACE, and occupy every lane while going at 20 kph. They change lanes without LOOKING. Worst of all, they are all SMOKE BELCHERS. Poor pedestrians, POOR CYCLISTS who have to breath the foul air. Maybe I should move to where you guys live :)|
|Come on over||Erik W|
Mar 7, 2001 3:42 PM
|We have 270 million people here, I'm sure we can make room for a like minded cyclist like youself.|
|Trucks are a complete pain in th arse||Good Buddy|
Mar 8, 2001 9:10 AM
|Bring back the rail, Remove the truck burden. They're beholden to timetables over safety, they don't slow down in inclement weather, it was 45mph on the pike yesterday and they were rolling at seventy, they spray cars as they move by. Yeah they're pros but safety apparently AIN'T their first concern, rollovers, jack knives. I submit they are in negligent operation of a dangerous instrumentality with a reckless disregard for a know risk and they should NOT be allowed to make up average speed/times but cranking when they get a chance. I am totally tired of battling those behemoths. In the northeast quandrant of the US there is no reason rail cannot do all and more and better than the treucking system. Not to mention that some US sub-routs have HIGHER load limits on bridges and surface than the interstate system thereby encouraging trucks to overload and use smaller, neighborhood roots to avoid the federal weight restrictions on the Pike. I live on one, it sucks, Again the limit is 50 and well hell they have to go at LEAST 55, 45 is freaking out of the question isn't it!!!!And as for Harley Moronson noise polluters....
Peace, Love and USE YOUR INTELLIGENCE........