Linda Need weighs in now, trying to be the voice of reason, but she misses in oh-so-many ways.
Motorists want bikers on the bike paths, and bikers want motorists to toodle behind them while they pedal at various speeds up the road.
See, what motorists want is simple - bikes on bike paths, but what cyclists want is to inconvenience drivers.
Motorists and cyclists both break the law; unfortunately it's the motorist who will go to jail if the two collide.
Oh, if only she knew how untrue that was. Unless the motorist was drunk or left the scene (and was caught) they will almost surely do no time - even in the rare event that they are found at fault - and might not even have to show up in court. Besides, is going to jail really worse than dying. Why wouldn't she say "unfortunately it's the cyclist who will go to the hospital or morgue if the two collide?"
No wonder motorists are unnerved driving around cyclists.
Yes, that's been my experience.
When cyclists yell obscenities and spit on motorists (both have happened to my family), it just inflames the situation. Neither side has been polite about this.
Well then, why are you focused only on the cyclists? Has someone in your family been run off the road by a cyclist? Because I've had a driver do that to me. It inflamed both the situation and my knee.
As a motorist who doesn't have the privilege of having time to cycle,
Cyclists are so privileged. You know how she could free up some time? Start biking more. Oh wait...
I think the cyclists should be on the bike paths, as it is much easier for bikes to dodge pedestrians than cars to dodge cyclists.
But what about when there are no bike paths? Or people want to ride fast? And is it really easier? Maybe drivers should slow down instead of trying to "dodge" cyclists.
However, I think the only permanent solution is to put in bike lanes
Hooray! We agree,,,
and make cyclists pass a "driving" test and get licensed to ensure that they all know that they must follow the same rules as cars when they are on the road.
...and the moment is over.
Until that happens, we will continue to have frustrated motorists and angry cyclists.
And see, drivers are frustrated - which is a reasonable, thoughtful reaction, while cyclists are angry, which is emotional and scary.