Posted by Haddon on October 5, 2014 at 3:44pm
Wandering all over that line between legitimate thrill seeking and being semisuicidal – this guy being all over that line. Sure one pothole and the guy is dead but it’s the constant surfer salutes that some how gets under my skin for reasons I don’t quite understand.
124 kh = ~78mph
No arguments we raise about the ‘bad behavior‘ of motorists is ever going to erase from the minds of the ‘general public‘ the true nature of us as cyclists. We have a ‘myth‘ that we like to propagate. We frame ourselves as ‘victims‘ of the brutality and inattentiveness of motorists. We even go so far as to claim that motorists cannot use the ‘I did not see him defense‘ because it both indicates the culpability of the driver (as inattentive) and makes no sense in our minds.
But when we hear about a cyclist who does essentially the same thing to another cyclist on a MUP trail resulting in the death of that cyclist, we have very little to offer other than platitudes:
Reply by Tom A.K. yesterday
that life ,
in a flash.
Reply by Anne Alt yesterday
Very sad news.
Reply by Bobby’s Bike Hike- Chicago Tours yesterday
that’s so unfortunate
Reply by Jeff Schneider yesterday
One Lincoln cyclist has also been killed, and two others injured (one severely) by drivers in the last month alone. This medium-sized city hasn’t had to deal with so much violence against cyclists before. They are just now discussing ghost bikes, rides of silence, etc., things we in Chicago already know too well.
Where Is The ‘Naked Hostility’ We Reserve For Motorists?
There is so much wrong with this nonsensical approach to deaths that we commit that it is appalling. Had this been the death of the same cyclist at the hands of a motorist, the diatribes would have gone on for pages. And yet we can offer little more than babble. Why is this? Do lives not count as much when we do the killing?