Sherlock Holmes is my favorite super hero.
I will miss you, too, Andy, but I hope to become the Four-Square Mayor of a Capitol-area fallout shelter.
Matt, corking is not legal. That's not to say it is illegal, though: I don't know what code would be leveled against it. I imagine it is aggravating, though. And cyclists do have to obey traffic control devices. Despite what a few angry motorists will say based on a few renegade riders, most cyclists do obey them.
Those are two reasons why Critical Mass is falling out of favor with segments of the bicycle community. It can be a fun party and help newer riders feel more confident by immersing them in other cyclists, sure; however, as Jett asks: we want cyclists to be seen but is this how we want cyclists to be perceived?
Blobby Jones, it wasn't a critique of all drivers, but of my driving. Realizing I do not need to drive, it would be wasteful and indeed arrogant of me to return to it. Why pump that pollution out, why spend that money, why further clog Atlanta's arteries if I don't need to?
I realize there are mobility issues for which motor vehicles are useful. It's unsafe to put a child in a bike trailer before 1 year old: that is a problem other cyclists and car-free families have sweated. My mom and ex-wife suffer from auto-immune disorders. They have rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, respectively, and walking, let alone riding bikes (which they both love and sorely miss), is painful and difficult. For them, a one-mile bike trip on flat ground is nearly impossible.
But, really, the true villain here is Thomas Wheatley, who must have misheard me, as I believe the actual quote was, "Wheats, watch me pop this bitchin' wheelie!" Full disclosure: I admit the wheelie was less than bitchin'.
I'm car-free and a daily bicycle commuter. I agree with all who say "same road, same rules," though without the vitriol and anger expressed above.
I get just as angry as anyone else when I see fellow bicyclists blow through stop signs and lights, or fail to signal turns. They give the rest of us a bad rep; however, I don't approach every motorist and chide them for others' mistakes. As Rebecca points out, and as you would be hard-pressed to deny, there are many more motorists showing dangerous disdain for road rules than bicyclists.
Please don't assume all bicyclists feel they are entitled to special privileges: we are not above the law; please don't treat us as straw men for your anger. More law-abiding cyclists exist than scofflaws. We have the same rights as other vehicles but we have the same responsibilities, too.
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