Wednesday, June 29, 2005

An Argument and a Response

Kanishka, my faithful roomate and fellow blogger over at DCist and A Blog Mainly About Food, directed me to an interesting bike-related post. Tiffany, a blogger over at Metroblogging DC, seems to have had an unpleasant run-in with cyclists yesterday. She writes:

So stop at the red lights, use hand signals, and stop cutting in front of cars when they're trying to turn, and then maybe we won't hate you so much.

You hate us so much? Oh, that's fresh. Cyclists have suffered from a virtual dictatorship of cars on America's roadways for the better part of the last 50 years, and we're the ones deserving of your hatred? Please. We're forced to the fringes of America's transportation network, given slivers of road to navigate on (which are then take over by double-parked cars anyhow), pitted against tons and tons of steel and horsepower driven by people too lazy to rely on public transportation themselves, and suddenly we should be the ones getting shit on? Since when was today deemed Opposite Day?

I offer a more realistic response, written from a cyclist to a driver:

So stop at red lights, don't block intersections, don't speed, don't assume a bike lane is yours to park in, don't cut in front of cyclists or pedestrians, don't pour millions of pounds of harmful exhaust into my air, don't further this nation's unhealthy dependence on foreign oil, don't result in thousands of deaths each year, don't force the government into paving more and more of the country's landscape so you can get around more easily, don't lay on your horn in heavy traffic assuming it will suddenly move things along, etc., and then maybe WE won't hate YOU so much.

Seems a little more accurate, doesn't it Tiffany?


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