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Are We Being Turned Into Cars?

Filed under: Media, Transportation

On Wednesday, the Washington Post put up this piece by Eben Weiss, aka Bike Snob NYC—asking why drivers aren’t held responsible when their cars become killing machines.

Is it possible the auto industry is responsible for shifting the blame for driver negligence onto cyclists and pedestrians? And could it be that the bicycle industry is complicit by selling more safety gear rather than lobbying for better cycling infrastructure?

Look at the commercial for the region’s biggest bike store. Cyclists tend to stick to the sidewalk (where it’s technically illegal to ride), or they pedal in circles in the driveway or parking lot, always wearing helmets (available for purchase at Bert’s Bikes). Cars are not part of the picture in this cycling fantasy, unless they are safely parked and stationary.

 


  • BufChester

    “Is it possible the auto industry is responsible for shifting the blame for driver negligence onto cyclists and pedestrians?”

    Is the Pope Catholic?

  • HapKlein

    I personally, as a lifetime commuter and recreational bicyclist, have been insulted whenever I note a car/ bicyclist accident whereby the latter is seriously injured and the former cited for some minor infraction.

    If the bicyclist perishes the most the vehicle driver can expect is a misdemeanor.

    I know in New York that if you kill somebody with a gun, chainsaw or golf club you probably face murder charges. If it happens if you use a car to pick off the jerk who was riding a bicycle the most you can be charged with is manslaughter.

    • Jimmy Zski

      Show us your wind turbine Klein or are you a liar?

    • Jimmy Zski

      This is the morons who think he can ride in the middle of the highway with his bike. Nuts to the very end. This crazy liberal posts are the most disgusting ones the Buffalo News has now that Rick is gone.

    • Jimmy Zski

      Yeah Artie Iran is making nuclear fuel to turn on the lights. Obama is sure that Iran gets a nuke just like Bill Clinton gave one to North Korea.