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Agreed. Especially on the last point about insulting rants. As an advocate for traffic safety and commuting issues (by all modes), it seems like Dr. Gridlock needs to call people out on outrageous statements like that, or ignore their questions. I mean, that whole thing could have been boiled down to a more civilized, "I often encounter cyclists riding double file on two-lane roads impeding the slow of automobile traffic. What does the law say about this?"

But I guess that wouldn't be as fun as attacking a group as diverse as cyclists w/ outrageous stereotypes and questioning their manhood. Ballston must have a little "one" and he has to compensate by making comments like that one.

Does rhetoric like Ballston's stoke the flames of anti-cyclist feelings or does it simply make him look like a blubbering idiot with anger management issues? I wonder how non-cyclist readers of Dr. Gridlock react to comments like his...

"Balston" is a mountain biker. He is easily ignored as one who treats his bicycle as a toy.

I actually think that the response shows more than tacit approval--it shows sympathy as in "yeah, we've all been there and those cyclists sure do suck".

Also, they have editorial control over what questions/comments appear. Selecting this one, and sympathizing with the letter writer rather than telling him to get over himself shows deliberate cyclist bashing, to me.

I actually think that the response shows more than tacit approval...

My guess is that if some idiot had posted a comment complaining about "ditzy female drivers", or the "sense of aggession and entitlement" all black drivers have, his response would have been different.

My guess is that if some idiot had posted a comment complaining about "ditzy female drivers", or the "sense of aggession and entitlement" all black drivers have, his response would have been different.

+1. I was trying to come up with a way to voice that very thought in my first comment, too. You have put it quite succinctly.

+1 ibc.

The cyclist was being forced miles out of her route by a closure and lack of SAFE alternative that exists for cars. However, Dr. Gridlock seems sympathetic to Ballston who had to wait an extra 30 seconds to pass someone on the road.

Totally with you all on this one. I think we should write a letter. A nice one, but pointing out what's been said above (particularly the differing attitudes toward the cyclist and the Ballston driver). I nominate anyone but myself--I tend to rant and get the objects of my ire just as angry as I am!

I go through the Telegraph/Huntington/Kings Hwy area on occasion (live just off Huntington). In my experience, it's really not that bad. The letter writer could easily use Elmwood Dr (the last right before hitting the Beltway on Clermont, survive Telegraph for 2 blocks, then use Huntington (which, while busy, is not so painful that you can't use it) to get over to Route 1 and the new Route 1 trail connection to Mt. Vernon/WWB.

I think someone should drop in on next week's chat and bring up the appropriateness of the anti-bike rant.

Or shoot Dr. Gridlock an E-mail. I sent one this morning and got a reply. He mentioned, verbatim:

"I'm preparing a news feature for the Sunday Commuter page in The Post about the changes at Eisenhower Connector and want it to be relevant to bikers and walkers as well as drivers."

Right. If you have advice on getting across the beltway without using the ike connector, let him know about it via email.

I think the issue with Dr. G is not just being relevant to cyclists and peds, its saying something when drivers act like Ballston. The bad attitude of drivers leads to cyclists being killed.

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