Salmoning Is Our Word Of The Day – Dickish Cyclist Who Ride The Wrong Way In A Bike Lane.

Designated bike lanes to prevent salmoning.The Guardian posted the article “How to stop ‘salmoning’, scourge of NYC’s bike lanes” about the author’s bad experience dealing with salmoning cyclists who ride in the the opposite direction of a bike lane. The focus of his frustration is mostly with bike messengers and New York city food delivery cyclists. His solution to deal with it: ride head-on towards the salmoner.

The article made me stop and think about the bad rap bike riders get and whether it’s deserved or not. I’m not a regular cyclist but traveling by bike is always preferred. When I do drive, I always share the road with cyclists by giving bike riders ample space so they’ll feel safe riding on the shoulder. That said, I’ve still dealt with my share of angry cyclists and my exprience helped me develop a theory.

Basically, cyclists are like drivers only their rage can not be hidden within a car. When you’re driving, how often have you called another driver a “dumb-ass” or “shit for brains” from the sound-proof protection of your car? Imagine if you weren’t in your car – would you still say those thing? Probably and that’s why bike-rage and militant cyclists get such a bad rap. They’re like car drivers only unfiltered.

If it’s not already, salmoning should be a ticketable offense. Think of how easily these cyclist on cyclist confrontations could escalate between two unfiltered, unencumbered [by car] bike riders. [Guardian]