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We are at that point in the history of ‘safety‘ that even marijuana is deemed to be less injurious to the motor skills of the individual than alcohol. Nevertheless we still have people (even famous ones) who like the members of many a bicycle club, waive off the reality that stands between their glib endorsement of binge drinking and the reality that lies behind it.
It is instructive to note that Bono takes responsibility for his actions:
On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday. I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again – a massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.
We cannot turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the mistakes we make when we offer up ‘bicycle infrastructure‘ as the cure-all for death and dismemberment on our streets, while doing so with addled brains. There is really no defense for operating a bicycle when intoxicated. And it certainly is not ‘victim blaming‘ to note that when anyone engages in BUI that theirs is an ownership of responsibility for what may befall them. The fact that there might be drivers involved in a collision with them only compounds the issue.
Trying to be the ‘safety nanny‘ of the world of motor vehicles while BUI is like holding a press conference to complain about marital infidelity while beneath the covers at a house of ill-repute.
You either STFU when drivers engage in DUI or you ‘clean up your own act‘.