Friday, December 7, 2012

D.C. Cyclist Becomes Vindictive

Clinton Yates shares the Washington Post report on a D.C. cyclist who's obviously been sideswiped, pushed off the road, or cut off by one too many road hogs...

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Bicyclist-Stabs-Motorist-in-Northwest-DC-Confrontation-182479241.html?wpisrc=nl_lunchln

John Kelly asks why we can't just get along:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/two-legs-bad-two-wheels-bad-four-wheels-bad/2012/12/05/067730b4-3ef8-11e2-ae43-cf491b837f7b_story.html?wpisrc=nl_lunchln

Here's why not: Pedestrians and cyclists annoy each other, and can and should get over it, but motorists kill people.

For those who don't live in or commute through Washington, D.C., those "bike lanes" are a joke. There's nothing but a painted stripe to protect cyclists from homicidal motorists, and a good half the time the lanes are full of motor vehicles. Concrete barricades to keep motor traffic from spilling into the "bike lanes" would be a step toward protecting cyclists' rights...and their lives. And if we want to get serious about this, we'll demand those barricades on every street, in every city.