Alternate title: “Misinformed People Outraged by Their Hasty Generalizations”
Last week’s arrival of a bike box at 12th Avenue and Pine has prompted new grumblings from people who apparently can’t count. (The “trapezoid” on Madison is bringing stormy denunciations as well.)
People who complain about cyclists–and correct me if I’m wrong–seem to do so because they’re in a hurry. Here’s a thought experiment: If we take away Seattle’s three percent of bicycling commuters and add the same number of cars to the road, can you imagine what happens?
Reliably, the Seattle Times story on the event has over 100 comments, largely from people who feel that road safety should be based solely on anecdotal stories about how all cyclists run red lights or who argue that cyclists, being a strange breed of being who pay no sales, property, or gas taxes (Did you know no cyclists own cars? Not one! It’s ideological) should have to pay for license and registration.
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