Archive for the ‘bike hate’ Category

Car tramples over a dozen cyclists
February 28, 2011

This is absolutely horrifying. More info and statements from the driver’s lawyer (he’s claiming self-defense) here.

I watch this video and I am shocked, shocked! I don’t care your thoughts on critical mass or on cyclists; do any of them justify murder? Does no one ever realize that a car hitting a bike will always “win”? Self-defense or not, it’s like bringing a gun to a chess game.

The only way I can see anyone being OK with committing fatal and nearly fatal road rage against cyclists is the dehumanizing effect a car has on us when we’re behind the wheel. The illusion of safety, freedom and comfort work together to create an almost simulation experience for the driver. You are in a video game and your actions (though your car) are not “real” and have no “real” repercussions. Except, of course, they do, sometimes fatally. The only similar dehumanization I can think of is war, when you are so convinced that the enemy is “The Enemy” and not human, not real, not like you, can one ever muster the courage to kill.

But this is just driving. Just commuting. Just traveling. Just sad. So sad.

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Before you yell, you better be right!
February 15, 2011

Over the past four days, we’ve had a few run-ins with cars where they were totally in the wrong, and yet, proceeded to blame us, citing what we should have done. In SF, I’ve never had this much blame for when a simple “my bad” or “sorry” would have done; but to turn it around and blame us? Sorry but YOU ARE WRONG.

Instance #1

Location: SE Stark and 29th.
Time: Saturday night.
Bikes: Cruising with the flow of traffic west down SE Stark Street coming up to 29th Ave on the right.
Car: backing up INTO traffic on Stark from 29th Ave. He does this rapidly so me and my girlfriend have to slam on our squeaky wet brakes (which probably saved our lives, note to self: get bell or horn).

He yells from his car: “You should put lights on the front of your bikes!” FACT: we had lights on our bikes, one of them was brand new and super bright. Regardless of our bike status, he was back up his car INTO the intersection of a crowded street on a busy night. He was being unsafe and we had the right of way.

Verdict: Car = WRONG.

Instance #2

Location: NE Tillamook Ave. and 17th Ave.
Time: Sunday afternoon, overcast.
Bikes: We were riding our bikes east along Tillamook (a known bike route) when we come up to a STOP sign.
Car: Cross Tillamook at the intersection but didn’t have a stop sign and therefore the right of way.

We stop and he stops and waves us through, giving up his right of way. We have a special pet-peeve about this because it distrupts the flow of traffic and generates a feeling that cyclists need to get special care like an old lady crossing the road or something. So we reject the wave through, calling attention to the fact that they do not, in fact, have to stop. He continues to wave us through and points to the mobile phone he is currently using as if to say, it’s cool, I’m on the phone anyway. Phone use while driving (even sitting at a stop) has been illegal in Oregon for over a year. We yell for him to hang up his phone and continue down the street.

Verdict: Car = DUMB. Also, WRONG.

Instance #3

Location: N Williams and N Thompson Ave.
Time: Just now! (Tuesday, 3:30pm, drizzly).
Bikes: I am riding north on N Williams in the bike lane.
Car: turning right onto N Williams from N Thompson.

He juts out into the bike lane right in front of me and I brake and they squeak so he stops and I just go around. At this point, this happens all the time so I don’t even really care. But he makes his right after I pass and rolls his window down and shouts out: “I had the right of way!” I yell back that actually no he did not and that he was wrong. He yelled some more and rolled his window and drove away. Sorry, but again, turning right onto a cross street never has the right of way over the cross street’s traffic.

Verdict: Car = SO WRONG.

Sheesh!

Yet another inappropriate threat to kill cyclists…
July 23, 2010

Hundreds of riders check in daily to his humorous TriMet Confidential blog. He has more than 18,000 Twitter followers. This week, Willamette Week named him one of the city’s “Best People.” So why has TriMet taken Christensen off the road? On Thursday, he posted a commentary on his blog with a picture of a man riding a bike and this headline: “Portland! Kill this bicyclist.”

via The Oregonian.

Former Austin HS student accused of shooting cyclist
November 19, 2009

The two teenagers in the car with Dyer told Austin police detectives that Dyer said, “I hate cyclists on the road,” before he allegedly rolled down his window, firing a shot from a pellet gun at a cyclist.

Former Austin HS student accused of shooting cyclist | kvue.com | News.

So much hate.

Thanks, LA.
May 18, 2009

LADOT Proposes to Cut Full Funding from Bikeways Office – LAist

Ride a bike? You are gay… and should be shot.
March 28, 2009

Anybody who called some punk kid a “homo” in the 80s was buying Nirvana and Green Day CDs by the mid-90s, and was flexing his brand-new tribal arm band tattoo at Lollapalooza while pretending to like the same bands that the “homo” punk kid was listening to back in the 80s. Usually being called “gay” just means you’re ahead of the curve.

Bike Snob NyC

But seriously, the Bike Snob is referring to this radio skit where someone goes out and hunts cyclists pretty much because they are “gay.” Not only is the broad use of the term gay annoying, the very fact that people find it funny to hunt and kill anyone is disturbing and wrong. Those people are just sad.