As a driver throughout Tacoma, I am all for bike lanes for everyone’s safety. However, when bike riders don’t use them it is very frustrating and unsafe.
While driving down the hill on Sixth Avenue recently, there were two bike riders; one was barely in the bike lane, the other one more in my lane. I hesitated to honk for fear of startling them, but I did honk gently but enough for them to hear.
They didn’t move over, so I honked again since the one rider got in my lane completely. Again, neither moved over. I honked a third time and still nothing. Then my turn came and they continued on their way down the long hill, still out of the bike lane.
Bike lanes are great if they are used. It made me think that if they get a driver with anger issues it could really cause a problem for all involved. Cyclists have a right to ride throughout city roads, but please use the lanes when you can so we are all safe.