After Courtland Milloy's piece about how cyclists are worse than biker gangs and like terrorists, the Post called for a ceasfire in the war between cyclists and drivers. At the time I thought it odd, since there was only one side shooting. When was the last time you saw a MSM article by a cyclist that called drivers terrorists or noted that drivers were lucky that people didn't try to kill them? It never happens. But I can think of at least a half-dozen such articles written about cyclists that take a bit of an over-the-top attitude. Here's the latest from the Washignton Blade.
While D.C. has a relatively robust bike riding and sharing rate among U.S. cities, it’s possible to count on fingers and toes the number you’re likely to see pedaling to work and home each day on a commute by foot, bus, subway, taxi or car. A near-negligible percentage of residents use a bike as a commuting or transit method.
In DC it's well over 4% and in some neighborhoods it's closer to 10%. I'll let others decide it that's negligible, but it is way more than you can count on your fingers and toes.
I suspect they may be clueless how irksome many perceive the tiresome whining that biker desires are not being met, there aren’t enough dedicated bike lanes, they’re inadequately lauded as environmental angels, they shouldn’t be subject to common courtesies or city rules.
We do want more dedicated bike lanes. But the other two claims are total strawman. No one asks to be lauded as angels.
It’s time for bikers to make the transition from roadway rebel to responsibly sharing the same small streets.
Already done. You'll note how few people we kill every year.
It won’t be easy, alongside all the cars, taxis, buses, someday-streetcars, pedestrians, business delivery trucks and other vehicles crammed on the city’s narrow thoroughfares. It is dangerous out there.
Y'know what would help with that? Dedicated bike lanes.*
Let’s also try to remember that this is not one of D.C.’s most pressing problems.
We aren't the ones who keep bringing it up.
hyper-sensitive two-wheel drama reads ridiculous.
How does hyper-sensitive four-wheel drama, like Milloy's, read?
Let’s keep that in mind while we finally start acting adult about accommodating mutual access and shared usage.
You mean like drivers? Like this one?
*And a little lauding for our environmental belevolence wouldn't hurt either