“Mommy, let’s ride on the sidewalk!”

Entitled biker mom barrels through sidewalk with kid in tow

The other day – this lady and her kid nearly ran into me as I walked downtown on Hudson St. As she passed, she uttered a rude “excuse me!” and rang a stupid handlebar bell – as if I’m supposed to be prepared for bikers on the sidewalk?

She’s teaching her kid a dangerous lesson: that the world revolves around them.

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10 Comments on "“Mommy, let’s ride on the sidewalk!”"

hobokenjean
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hobokenjean

The bikes on the sidewalks thing is more complicated than above. I am a new rider and not good enough for the streets of Hoboken (and barely the sidewalks). At least on the sidewalks I can yell ahead that a reckless driver is approaching, on the streets you have me, the reckless driver, and the reckless driver in the car. I appreciate anyone’s patience with me until I get the confidence to ride on the streets in town. It really is terrifying bikeing on the Hoboken streets since they are so narrow and you never know what you are going encounter and if the car drivers will even recognize that you are there.

showme789
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showme789

Well, hon, if you don’t know how to ride a bike, stay off the sidewalks until you improve. You seem perfectly content with the fact that you may run over a pedestrian. Don’t expect the world to be cheering you on while you strive to remove your training wheels. The whole idea of introducing bikes into an already over-crowded city is another example of how out of touch this City Administration is with reality.[quote comment=”216376″]The bikes on the sidewalks thing is more complicated than above. I am a new rider and not good enough for the streets of Hoboken (and barely the sidewalks). At least on the sidewalks I can yell ahead that a reckless driver is approaching, on the streets you have me, the reckless driver, and the reckless driver in the car. I appreciate anyone’s patience with me until I get the confidence to ride on the streets in town. It really is terrifying bikeing on the Hoboken streets since they are so narrow and you never know what you are going encounter and if the car drivers will even recognize that you are there.[/quote]

kooky kat
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Are you serious? You think it’s safer for a reckless bike rider to ride on the sidewalk (endangering pedestrians) than to ride IN THE BIKELANES? You may want to consider riding in the back end of town on Madison etc, until you are more confident in your bike riding, nobody is safe if you aren’t ready to ride your bike on the streets, where you belong! I went through this while I was learning how to ride in a city as opposed to where I grew up in the suburbs. There are a number of streets that are much wider, and the bike lanes are a tremendous help even if they aren’t paved very well, and often cars are double parked in them. There are plenty of places where there’s not a ton of traffic, I suggest you find them before you go barreling down washington street acting like it’s okay as long as you yell ahead. I NEVER ride down washington street, I always walk my bike if I need to be there. This is the problem with people you don’t even know that you’re being an inconsiderate a-hole thinking it’s okay to do this sort of thing. Sinatra drive is a good place to ride on the weekends, not a ton of traffic and the roads are WIDE if there is. Seriously, get some practice…you sound kind of scary. I don’t think little Timmy’s mom is going to care “that you’re just learning” when you ram into him… Read more »
debra
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debra
Totally agree here. You need to find some place to practice before you hit the road, but not on the sidewalks. Picture an elderly person who can barely walk and can’t hear that well walking and your yelling “excuse me”. Now this person can’t hear you can’t jump out of your way or may jump in your direction. Who gets hurt more??? It is difficult enough manuevering through this town on foot without worrying about a cyclist just learning on the sidewalks.[quote comment=”216380″]Are you serious? You think it’s safer for a reckless bike rider to ride on the sidewalk (endangering pedestrians) than to ride IN THE BIKELANES? You may want to consider riding in the back end of town on Madison etc, until you are more confident in your bike riding, nobody is safe if you aren’t ready to ride your bike on the streets, where you belong! I went through this while I was learning how to ride in a city as opposed to where I grew up in the suburbs. There are a number of streets that are much wider, and the bike lanes are a tremendous help even if they aren’t paved very well, and often cars are double parked in them. There are plenty of places where there’s not a ton of traffic, I suggest you find them before you go barreling down washington street acting like it’s okay as long as you yell ahead. I NEVER ride down washington street, I always walk my bike… Read more »
animal_lover
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animal_lover

At least it was Hudson street with a little wider sidewalk. When I had a biker approaching head-on and realized he was not going to stop I had to jump into the street. As I stood in the street as he passed on the narrow sidewalk, I thought, “what’s wrong with this picture?”.

rocklobster
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rocklobster

Hmmm, I wonder if it’s the same douchey lady and kid who were riding side by side on the sidewalk and almost ran me down by the Grand St. post office earlier this week. Probably not, there seems to be a plague of entitlement in this town and many are infected.

Richie D.
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White People Problems.

debra
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debra

I agree if there are bike lanes than USE THEM, get off the sidewalks. I was also almost run over by a young man riding on the sidewalk, but he didn’t even acknowledge he was in the wrong. Just sped by and it was up to me to move out of his way. What is the law if you were to get hit by a cyclist and what happens if you were to get hurt? I’m trying my best to get accustomed to all the changes here, but it would be nice to have a little consideration for those of us who are a bit up in age. We don’t move out of the way as quickly as we used to, lol.

xxrjxx
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xxrjxx

I had a young lady run right by me, nearly clipped me as I was walking. I happened to catch up to her since she stopped at a red light–when I said to her “Next time, you should call out and let people know you’re coming”, she started arguing with me to ‘get over myself’. No consideration, no thought that she might reconsider her approach. The only thing I can hope for is that karma comes into play somehow…[quote comment=”216363″]I agree if there are bike lanes than USE THEM, get off the sidewalks. I was also almost run over by a young man riding on the sidewalk, but he didn’t even acknowledge he was in the wrong. Just sped by and it was up to me to move out of his way. What is the law if you were to get hit by a cyclist and what happens if you were to get hurt? I’m trying my best to get accustomed to all the changes here, but it would be nice to have a little consideration for those of us who are a bit up in age. We don’t move out of the way as quickly as we used to, lol.[/quote]

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