Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes asserted last year that Denver’s efforts to encouraging bicycling “threaten our personal freedoms"
Jeff Mapes, author of “Pedaling Revolution,” thinks the smugness factor is almost accidental: “I know a lot of cyclists who say their commute is the best part of their day” — not exactly the kind of thing that the co-worker who just spent an hour in gridlock wants to hear at the water cooler. And just like “I don’t have a TV” guy, those who eschew modern conveniences can rub people the wrong way. In fact, the antipathy toward bicycles resembles the Republican aversion to trains, a form of transport that’s older and slower than flying but seen as elitist nonetheless. Like trains, bikes are looked at as a boutique form of transportation that pretentious liberals like because they want to Europeanize our cities.
You know what helps? Reading the article. That thing? At the top? That prompted this discussion? You should read that.
13. If I make a mistake while driving, am in an accident, or cause injury to myself or others, this will not be held against all drivers or considered proof that driving is inherently dangerous or irresponsible.
I walk and ride the subway. You wheeled motherfuckers can kiss my ass.
I have commuted for going on 15 years now, and this just doesn't make sense to me. Am I doing it wrong? 90% of the traffic lights I come to are timed, and traffic is almost always flowing both ways (taking turns of course.) That means that standing in the road is a given. If this is really dangerous then I'm in trouble.
And last week, I saw an accident happen when a cyclist swerved in front of a driver in rush hour, causing Driver 1 to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting the bike, which resulted in getting rear-ended by Driver 2.
I am honestly curious about the [American only?] notion of cars being "working class", and bikes being "elite".
Surely you mean "buy a mass transit pass" or "walk".
I always find it so funny that wide swaths of intelligent, open-minded MeFites have trouble imagining why someone could not reasonably bike to work every morning.
The point of my mentioning mass transit and walking was to point out that people do live in varied environments and circumstances, with jobs of varying distances and operating hours.
This is why the Driver v. Rider arguments will never end so long as we're so focused on "no, YOU'RE the one who has to change" back and forth. Municipalities should - within reason - do what they can to provide their residents with the options of different forms of transportation. Once those options are there, I feel, discussions between drivers and riders will dial it down a bit.
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