Comments: PSA: Yield to Emergency Vehicles

I've seen this sort of arrogant idiocy many times -- NEVER by motorists or motorcyclists, ALWAYS by bicyclists.

The problem is the obnoxious attitude of smug, politically "correct" superiority on the part of bicyclists, who view all operators of motor vehicles -- even emergency vehicles -- as "consumeroid rapists of Mother Earth," and thus (whenever they can get away with it) behave exactly as these bicyclists your husband encountered.

I'm told this is a huge problem throughout the West, and I can testify from personal experience it is an enormous (and enormously infuriating) problem in Washington state, where bicyclists often ride four or six abreast on two-lane mountain roads, refuse to pull over or yield, and thereby maliciously back up motor-vehicle traffic literally for miles.

In short, the behavior your husband observed this morning is yet another expression of the Culture War.

Posted by loren at June 30, 2004 11:45 PM

I have seen this repugnant behavior from motorcyclists, bicyclists and regular everyday motorists. Some people just feel that they are too damn important to pull over. And then there are some that are oblividiots. (I hang my head in shame that once I didn’t pull over right away because I didn’t hear the sirens over my car radio blasting – I have since changed that nasty habit.) I did pull over however, when I noticed that others were.

Posted by ethne at July 1, 2004 08:01 PM

At least once, I noticed the sirens and lights, but there were too many cars to the right for me to pull over (...and was on a boulevard, so no going into the left lane into oncoming traffic) so I had to go into the intersection to open a path. Didn't get ticketed so I guess you can ignore the law under some circumstances. :-)

Posted by Patrick Chester at July 1, 2004 08:12 PM