1. Why was he on a HIGHWAY with a bicycle? Bicycles are usally barred from highways.
2. When bicyclists are required to pay registration, insurance, and get annual inspection fees as well as hold a valid license, they may have a point about equal road access. Until then, stay on the damn sidewalk.
Riding a bike in Florida is dangerous because most of the population is grey haired and barely able to see over the steering wheel...
It is against the law in most places to ride your bikes on the sidewalk. It is likely he was on the shoulder of the road if there was one... When passing a cyclist the standard is give 3ft of clearance if you must pass. Cycling is BIG in Florida and especially in communities that are considered retirement or vacation communities. There are bike lanes everywhere.
What concerns me, as a law abiding cyclist... is that certain folks are really hostile...even if we’re riding in a wide shoulder/bike lane. Some drivers intentionally come close, honk horns, yell out the windows and are generally miserable a-holes to the cyclists. I’ve considered just getting a helmet-cam to get their license plates.
Cudo’s for Hackman for exercising in his senior years. I ride with some guys in their 70’s and they are awesome, long time cyclists.
As soon as you overturn a century worth of law and tradition in every state in the union and every country on the globe, I'll be happy to oblige you.
Until then you can fume all you want. But while you are stewing in your own bile, keep your eyes open, move over where appropriate, and courteously share the road, as the law requires, please.
But after you completely rearrange traffic law to suit your feelings of entitlement, giving bicycling license exams to seven year old children would be a really good use of taxpayer funds in these times of budget surpluses. And government keeping a register of all the Huffys in the neighborhood is just the sort of thing every conservative can support.