F*#@ing Traffic Lights

Although I am totally Loving the Bike, I can most definitely live without having to ride amongst traffic lights.  If you know me at all, you’d know that you don’t generally hear swear words coming out my mouth, tweets, or anything else….but I feel like I’m sometimes a completely different person when I’m on my bike and come across red lights.

I really should have someone secretly video tape me sometime when I’m out on the road because I must look hilarious as I ride up to an intersection and need to stop for a red light.  It’s like the “Anti-Darryl” comes out of me (actually, more like out of my mouth).  Dang man, you should hear the stuff I say when I’ve come across one too many red lights.  Well, maybe you don’t want to hear it….and it’s more of a one red is too many type of thing with me.

Watching a video might just be the only way to experience it, because in my Anti-Darryl state I’m really the only person around.

Now, when I’m commuting or doing some “city riding” I’m okay with the lights and know that they are just part of the territory, but it’s when I’m away from major traffic on my road bike where the traffic lights drive me nuts.  I also do my best to get out on some nice country roads as often as possible so that I can free myself of the red light stops.

This isn’t the first time I’ve brought up traffic and lights over at Loving the Bike and I know many of you are wondering why it’s even an issue.  Maybe it’s because I first took up road cycling while I was living in St. Kitts….an Island with absolutely no traffic lights.  Maybe it’s because I feel that when I’m out riding, I want to BE riding and not standing there waiting for a light to turn green.  Whatever it is, traffic lights bring something out in me that only few things can do.

So as I make sure I search out more country roads and less light infested city streets….I’ll see what I can do about chilling out and not letting these words float out of my mouth when I do come across a red.

What do you have to say about Traffic Lights?  Do you yell at them like I do?

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.h7 Greg Heil

    No traffic lights on the MTB trails :D

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Hey Greg……yes, that thought definitely makes me want to get out on the mtb more often.  Thanks for checking out this post.

  • http://www.over40cyclist.com/ Peter the Over 40 Cyclist

    I don’t need to yell at the traffic lights. I live in the country, we can ride for hours and hours and never see a traffic light (or a car). 

    But I know what you mean. If we ride in the city, which we do as rarely as possible, red lights drive me nuts.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Oh Peter….I am jealous.  I think my soul was made for an environment like the one you live in.

  • http://www.over40cyclist.com/ Peter the Over 40 Cyclist

    I don’t need to yell at the traffic lights. I live in the country, we can ride for hours and hours and never see a traffic light (or a car). 

    But I know what you mean. If we ride in the city, which we do as rarely as possible, red lights drive me nuts.

  • http://twitter.com/fuelright Kelli Jennings

    Looks like it’s time for someone to start mountain biking! :)

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Hahahaha, yeah…..not many traffic lights out there huh?

  • bdewberry

    On the Saturday morning group ride I’m counting on those stop lights to give my dropped butt a chance to get back on.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Hahahahaha, I guess that could be on of the positive sides of a red light.  Thanks, Bryan.

  • http://twitter.com/openmikey Mike Neifert

    thankfully there aren’t many lights here. i usually ride side streets to avoid them. kansas passed a law for cyclists that allows them to go through red lights if no one is coming and they’ve waited for long enough. the legislature recognizes that bikes don’t always set off triggers at lights that don’t change otherwise. i might stretch that rule a bit at times.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yeah, that one definitely needs to be stretched at times.  Lucky you for riding in a town with few lights.

  • Koifla

    You ever flat blow through a red light? Like a three way and the bike lane is straight. Or you can see there are no cars. You know bottom of the bridge going 28 all traffic is stopped looks ok and SEE YA. BONUS 30 seconds of no cars maybe a chance.to make a turn. It’s so wrong and I’ve maybe been hit only a few times. I did that more with the aluminum bike you can fall off them and they are ok. Green light straight ahead, left turn double red fake going straight then make the left. Open road for 3 min sweet.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Whoa, that was some kind of comment.  Still processing all you put into that one…..heard you’re trying to blame me for hitting red lights on your bike today, huh?  You crack me up, dude.

  • Melissa

    Yep… I especially hate the ones that are “vehicle” sensitive. I sit there forever waiting for a car to come by and prompt the light to change!! GRRR! Shhh! Don’t tell, but sometimes I cross after waiting forever. I feel like I should turn myself in to the police… Lol..!

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Your secret is safe with me, Melissa…..been known to do the same thing myself.

  • http://about.me/Aaronthestrong Aaronthestrong

    HAHA. I totally hear you! It’s hard to stick to the rules…especially when you know that light is NOT going to change for just you…

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yeah, those ones that don’t pick up your bike on the sensor really suck.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yeah, those ones that don’t pick up your bike on the sensor really suck.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yeah, those ones that don’t pick up your bike on the sensor really suck.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yeah, those ones that don’t pick up your bike on the sensor really suck.

  • AmandaGaleKotyk

    I honestly can’t even imagine this side of you (although you’re kind of like that in traffic in a car too…but no bad words)!
    Wish there were more country roads close by for you.  
    Just stay safe out there, D!!

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yeah, you’d definitely see a different side of me out there……you really should secretly sneak out and video me sometime.  Thanks Sweetie.

  • http://www.reasons2ride.com/ Joel Phillips

    When it comes to traffic lights, stop signs, intersections in general, my rule is I  pay attention for me and the dudes not paying attention.  As good looking as you are Darryl, you’d make a lousy hood ornament….

    Happy Riding…

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I don’t mean to argue with you, Joel….but I just might make a nice little hood ornament for someone.  Just kidding.  It’s not that I don’t believe in traffic lights….it’s just that I would so much more prefer not to come across any while riding.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I don’t mean to argue with you, Joel….but I just might make a nice little hook ornament for someone.  Just kidding.  It’s not that I don’t believe in traffic lights….it’s just that I would so much more prefer not to come across any while riding.

  • Glenn

    I think that loving the bike applies to the bike and everything that goes with it :)

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Glenn….yes, I’m always Loving the Bike (even with traffic lights) but loving it a little bit more when I’m riding without them.

  • Tim Starry

    Sounds like you need to take a page out of BikeSnob’s new book and transcend.  Do you believe that just because you ride a bike you’re any different from other users of the road?  

    Instead of yelling at the lights, either celebrate making it or take a breather if you don’t.  

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Tim, for me the best remedy is heading off on country roads with no lights….it gets me into more of a zen state and I love it.  Wish I had easy access to more of those.

  • Koifla

    I like making the light. You see it from far away and know you might make it of you use the big gear. The faster you go the closer you get the sooner it may change. Miss it and you have to stop so fast you are still in the big gear all messes up. Make it you get to look at your speed. Cars love seeing a bike stop because they know they can best you on the start. Then you catch up on the next and squeeze back to the front and enjoy a nice like warm sweet beverage. If they drive a nice convertible you can see if they will smile back.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yes, that is one advantage to lights….they can often make you sprint hard so as not to hit the red.  Thanks, Koifla.

  • leo

    i used to not mind traffic lights, back in the day… but now not only do i dislike them but i dread them.  i usually don’t have enough metal to trigger the sensor nor am i big enough to reliably trigger the camera control.  as a result i am often sitting at an intersection waiting for a vehicle to come along and trip the sensors. 

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I hear you, Leo.  Here’s to open roads and no stopping.

  • Mark Beaconsfield

    Funny as it sounds, I dont mind red lights. I dont have too many to deal with during my rides or commute to work. They give me a chance to catch my breath or take a quick drink.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yeah, I think when it comes to commuting….red lights are part of the territory and I’m okay with it.  But when I’m training on my road bike, those red lights drive me nuts.  Thanks for your feedback, Mark.