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Scott Bricker 
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Re: “Vicious Cycle

It's telling and quite disturbing that in poropatichb's response to an article about violence towards cyclists, the person implies that bicyclists who break the law get what they deserve, or in poropatichb's words, are subject to "suffer adult consequences." If that means being verbally harassed, hit by bottles, run off the road, or physically attacked so be it. Poropatichb's half-baked argument is uninformed and dangerous. To people like poropatichb, cyclists aren't human beings with our own careers, families, and passions - we're objectified inconveniences that force drivers to actually pay attention to their surroundings and keep them from getting to their destination 30 seconds faster. As Dr. Simpson points out, we live in a society that places travel by automobile at the top of the transportation hierarchy. I argue that motorists must behave in a way which recognizes that with this hierarchy comes a hierarchy of responsibility. Cars and trucks weigh thousands of pounds and can go from zero to 60 with the flick of an ankle. Every year there are 40,000+ deaths as a result of car crashes. Thousands of those victims are pedestrians and cyclists. Wake up poropatichb - cars kill, bicycles don't. I'm not making excuses for cyclists who wantonly thumb their noses at the law, or who ride recklessly. Occasionally cyclists deserve tickets just like motorists. However, if laws aren't being enforced it is not the job of individuals to take the law, or worse, take someone's life into their own hands. For every cyclist who breaks the law there are tens of thousands of motorists surrounded by 3,000lbs of steel, who speed, run stop lights and red lights, and weave recklessly through traffic. This is the norm, and this is forgiven because we live in a culture that is sold cars from commercials depicting this dangerous behavior. And by the way, read your PA vehicle code - bicyclists are allowed full use of the lane regardless of whether there's a glass strewn, debris covered, or pothole riddled bike lane to the right. Not to mention, given that Pittsburgh only has three bike lanes in the City limits including two around parks, I'm wondering where you're seeing all these cyclists encroaching into what you ignorantly believe is your road space? One more thing - you complain of cyclists not going the speed limit. It's a LIMIT not a requirement. Scott Bricker Executive Director Bike Pittsburgh

Posted by Scott Bricker on 05/17/2007 at 10:30 AM

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