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Cities work when the biggest thing on the road bullies the smaller things on the road.

Cities work when I drive the less than 5 miles from my home to my office to my kid's school.

Cities work when car drivers decide precisely which laws they will follow and when.

Cities work when car drivers get mad and snippy and homicidal because they made the bad choice of driving.

People like this would easily lose the ammunition in their arguments if bicyclists stopped being so flippant about breaking every rule they can find. Drivers are the ones in power and when they see the constant stream of bikers blowing through stop signs and red lights they are going to keep writing letters like this reminding all of the readers of the post that we don't deserve to be treated well.

Great point. All we need to do now is that thing we did to get all drivers and all pedestrians to follow all laws at all times. Remember when that happened? It was so great.

If people on bikes followed every single rule, drivers would still complain.

They'd just complain about rules that don't exist, such as not wearing a helmet, riding in the street, riding on the sidewalk outside downtown, wearing something other than hi-viz, filtering, endangering children by putting them in a trailer, biking too fast, biking too slow, refusing to ride in the gutter, etc., etc., etc...

Its jealousy, really, and physics. Car drivers complain about cyclists because bikes don't get caught in traffic and that is not fair. Cyclists are just not following the rule [of physics] that car drivers need to follow.

Then maybe we should stop complaining about drivers breaking the law due to their own convenience since stopping at red lights is inconvenient since you have to unclip so you might as well go through it? Something about glass houses and stones. If people have every right to run red lights because its inconvenient on one mode of transportation (bikes) then the people in the other mode of transportation (cars) should be treated equally which puts my pedaling ass in danger and I don't like that.

There must be someone at the Post who works in the Letters department who really has it in for cyclists. Think about it this way: a letter like this must be the best that they get in order to be the one they pick.

Years ago, back when the Post had an ombudsman, I wrote to her to complain about the anti-cyclist letters. Not their viewpoint, but the fact that they didn't meet the journalistic standards of the Post. Pretty uniformly they're full of made-up "facts," references to laws that exist only in the mind of the author, hyperbole and logical fallacies. The ombudsman's response was that she lived in Glen Echo, had to deal with cyclists on MacArthur Boulevard, and didn't like cyclists either.

Something about glass houses and stones.

My position has not changed. I don't really care if you break the law. I do care if you behave in a way that is unsafe or inconsiderate. If you want to talk about times when cyclists are unsafe or inconsiderate, I'm all ears. Unfortunately, you are obsessed with the times they break the law, and as I said, I don't care about that.

If a driver wants to stop in a bike lane in such a way as to not to inconvenience anyone, I'm fine with that. I'm not sure how that is done, but OK.

So, I hope you can see the difference between blocking a bike lane and making others stop or go around you, and rolling through a stop sign and causing absolutely no one to change anything at all.

"Then maybe we should stop complaining about drivers breaking the law due to their own convenience since stopping at red lights is inconvenient since you have to unclip so you might as well go through it? "

Unclipping is like putting the car in park so yes, that's a pretty big inconvenience that we think its okay to put on bikes but not cars.

Anyway, the whole "but I saw X do it!" response should have been done away with as a child but here we are.

I'm team let-no-bike-lane-blockage-go-unchallenged. We are the primary mechanism for ensuring that bike lanes don't simply get repurposed for cars, as has happened in many, many places. If I see you blocking a lane, I will stop, ask you to move. If you do not, I will loudly announce that I am recording the interaction, and that I am about to call the police. And then I do. Given that most people will move my that point, it's worth it. Those who still don't move? Then you have to decide how far you want to take it, staying within the law at all times.

I was at a meeting tonight and I thought how quick and certain the enforcement is when someone overstays in a space where there is no parking during rush hour. We do that to prevent congestion. Certainly we can do the same for safety (though the safety benefits are, at best, small).

The well trodden lack of merit in her arguments aside I’d have thought that a law degree might have instilled a modicum of circumspection about looking foolish in the most spectacular way one could but apparently not in this instance.

More than ever, I'm seeing mothers and fathers commuting in DC with their children in bobike carriers, bakfiets, trailers, etc. This trend will grow only if DC becomes safer for bicyclists. With 2 dead so far this summer, there's much work that needs to be done.

Unclipping is like putting the car in park

I'd say unclipping is more like engaging the clutch or putting the car in neutral. A more appropriate analogy for park might be using a kickstand.

The clip mechanism itself is an equipment choice that enables stronger control and more powerful riding, when compared to platform pedals. However, there are tradeoffs involved when riding in a city where frequent stopping is necessary. Sort of like the pros and cons between manual and automatic transmission vehicles.

Maybe putting a foot down is like putting it in park.

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