Bike Me

26 May

For the second day in a row, I was nearly run over by a bike rider on my way into work.

Same thing happened both days: I got out of the T at the corner of Summer and Washington Streets, and just as I stepped off the sidewalk someone zipped right by.

Yesterday the woman yelled out, “Look where you’re going!”

Today the guy just zipped right by without saying anything.

Now, it’s not like I was alone or acting absent-mindedly or anything. And sure, yesterday I was on my cell phone. But is it too much to ask bike riders to ease up as they ride through Downtown Crossing at 9 a.m. when the area is mobbed with people commuting to work?

There’s no reason to ride through at a top speed and then criticize people who get in your way.

I think in these cases, I — and all other pedestrians — definitely had the right-of-way.

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