This Has Got To Stop!

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Summary

No sooner do we have to deal yet again with the fact that StreetsBlog and its fellow idiots are trying to justify riding on sidewalks along Michigan Avenue than we get a pompous and self-righteous bellowing from yet another cyclist who is dismayed that she has to ride around a car:

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Dear Urban Cyclists: Get Over Yourselves!

You Cannot Have It Both Ways!

Urban Cyclists simply love to be ‘victims‘. And they even hold that posture when arguing with one another:

The Driving Cyclists Variation of 'So's Your Old Man!'

The Driving Cyclists Variation of ‘So’s Your Old Man!’

Is there any chance that we can find some ‘Common Ground?‘ The enemy of cyclists are not motorists and not pedestrians. The problem is that there are far too many of us crammed into a very small space and trying to deal with infrastructure that makes no sense.

Why on Earth would you put the Bicycle Lane as far right as possible? That is the place where debris, delivery trucks, taxi cabs and Moms delivering children collect. Even most of the construction work on streets takes place along the sides.

Bike Lanes Should Be Centered

Garbage litters the eastbound protected bike lane on Lake Street at Kedzie Avenue Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

Garbage litters the eastbound protected bike lane on Lake Street at Kedzie Avenue Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

As long as we are about to consider where to get monies for more bike lanes, let’s at least stop placing them in their own ‘ghetto‘.

To be truly useful these lanes need to not be the one place where all the action is regarding pedestrians and deliveries.

It seems so obvious and yet, nobody is willing to re-examine the reasons for continuing the practice.