This is "what's on my mind." It has bothered me for some time, and I realize every cyclist will probably resent me after this post, but I am sincerely looking for an explanation to what otherwise seems an absurd situation.
So, here goes:
If I am a cyclist with a helmet ON, I am a CAR (or, better, a “vehicle of the road). BUT, when I take my helmet OFF, I become a pedestrian and can cycle on the sidewalk.
Question 1: How is this not the same as suggesting that, when I take my seatbelt off, I can DRIVE on the sidewalk? Seem ludicrous? Okay, then what about a motorized bike? That’s closer to a bicycle than a car, and yet they keep their helmets ON and they stay on the road.
Question 2: Everyone I know (except cyclists, maybe, who almost astonishingly manage to escape the phenomenon altogether) has experienced being behind a cyclist on an extremely heavily trafficked road, far enough into the lane for CARS that one must either a) swerve into oncoming traffic to move past them or b) hold up increasingly more traffic until dozens upon dozens upon dozens of cars are behind a bicycle “driving” WELL below the speed limit.
First, road vehicles (cars and motorcycles) receive tickets for driving under the speed limit. Is this the case for bicycles? If they are vehicles of the road, then why not? Given the law is in place for safety reasons and to avoid the above-noted scenario, how does it not apply to cyclists? Alternatively, helmet-free they can speed at any rate on the sidewalk, coming up behind me to swerve around my Chihuahuas so that now THEY (the dogs) are on the road to avoid being pan-caked by a "vehicle of the road" on the sidewalk.
Indeed it is a tragedy when a cyclist (or anyone) is killed; but it is ALSO a tragedy for the person driving the car who now has to live with having killed an innocent person. Is it any wonder this happens, though??
What does all this have to do with Yoga? Nothing. It's proof that even the most dedicated yoginis indulge in a good vent, sometimes.