Agreed.Opus51569 said:If you think the story is disturbing, read some of the comments readers posted there in response.
Reading some of those comments made my blood boil. Given the attitude and sense of entitlement exhibited by some of those who left comments, it's not hard to believe that someone who is just a little more unbalanced, or high, or angrier than the rest could snap, even if only momentarily, and run down a cyclist.
I hope they treat this with the same intensity they would if a motorist had decided to run down a couple pedestrians...
I don't think anything in particular is goind on lately. You're just hearing about it more. You're always a moving target, just like all the pedestrians and motorists are. Ride defensively and sensibly, and don't get worked up about it.terkonekto said:What the f**k is going on lately. I feel like a moving target when I ride now.
best thing to do is turn driving lanes into cycling lanes. we will get more space, they will either drive less or turn into cyclists.robm90 said:We need to make some noise and get some cyclists against dumb driver laws. This guy should get a long prison sentence, including some prison roomate love.
Yeah, that's what is frustrating. There is a popular media perception in Portland that all cyclists are dirty hippies (or fixie kid, or whatever) that don't own cars, which is simply not true. A study done recently showed that about 95% of metro area cyclists are also car owners.Wookiebiker said:Just remember...even if a city is labled cycling friendly, doesn't mean there are not idiots out there. I would say that the efforts to make Portland more cycling friendly has actually contributed to the increase in aggression towards cyclists. Motorists are feeling like thier rights are being taken away and given to cyclists and they are starting to fight back...which isn't a good thing
That is somewhat of a novel idea. Like Critical mass in reverse. Especially in a large city, it would make a difference.mcsqueak said:Literally thousands of people bike to work downtown each day, even during the winter. I'd love to see what would happen if they all chose a day and drove in. :thumbsup: