Cyclists and Motorists Equally Lousy ‘Drivers’

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Summary

After surveying 18,000 people, Wesley Marshall, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado, is trying to understand why cyclists, in particular, might bend or flat-out flout traffic regulations.   Credit: Sascha Kohlmann via Flickr

After surveying 18,000 people, Wesley Marshall, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado, is trying to understand why cyclists, in particular, might bend or flat-out flout traffic regulations. Credit: Sascha Kohlmann via Flickr


TakeAways

Well, this is a fine ‘how-do-you-do‘! Not only are we no longer able to point the finger at the motoring public as exemplars of how not to ride the roadways, be we have closed that gap in record time.

We have gone from disproving the lie that ‘Cars Kill, Bicycle Don’t‘ to demonstrating the reality of this by mowing down pedestrians and cyclists alike in places like Central Park. Doesn’t it feel great to have an accomplishment like that under our collective belts?

And just think we can continue to invite newbies to join us on the streets, where we can match cars point-for-point in running over pedestrians while running red lights and blowing stop signs.

Oh wait! This isn’t a contest is it? And if it were we don’t want to match the behavior of motorists, we want to show that we are better than they are at the simple task of directing a vehicle along an intended route without hitting anybody or anything.

But first we are going to have to go to the route cause of all this mayhem and bad behavior. We know that the vast majority of accidents in motor vehicles result from using some sort of intoxicant. Most folks like liquor. Otherwise its weed. So if we are to best our motoring cohorts does that mean that we need to taper off on the booze and beer?

Perish the thought! We have a God-given right as Americans to drink and operate our vehicles impaired. It being campaign time I expect my favorite guy in the GOP race to disclose just how much we are allowed to drink and operate our vehicles and to direct his listeners to the very lines in the Constitution where this is dictated.

So I guess for the moment we can all blather on about how unsafe the other guy is in operating his mode of vehicle and how if we use the Nazi-Approach and just eliminate him altogether everything will be sweetness and light. Ah, delusional thinking is so very satisfying. I’ll bet there are even videos from my favorite lapdog journalism site showing just how to get rid of motorists before the Apocalypse engulfs us. Proving that not only is delusional thinking really fun, but even better is delusional film-viewing.

Carry on brothers and sisters!

Remember our collective motto (should be) ‘Beer is the Answer‘! And if anybody complains about that one we can switch over to ‘Cars Kill, Bicycles Don’t‘! Stay tuned I am having t-shirts made and for those of you who like riding kits, there will be jerseys as well.

Cheers!