- Arrogant, abusive and oh-so smug – why do so many cyclists think they’re above the law? | Daily Mail Online (PDF)
The problem of alienation between cyclists and the rest of the world has grown. There was even a time when Urban Cycling Commuters disdained those cyclists who raced or otherwise dressed the part.
There is a fairly silly Venn Diagram offered up by one Chicago cycling advocate (at least in her mind) that purported to compare the daily struggles of cyclists in the Tour de France with those riding the mile and a half from their apartments to work each day.
Why Urban Cyclists are so focused on themselves is difficult to understand. But they generally seek out a daily dose of ‘victimhood‘ whenever they can. They spend countless hours on forums where the topic is nearly always something along the line of:
- I got into it with a Mass Transit bus driver and I want to know how to fight back.
- Some pedestrian shouted at me that I was slicing through their precious protected crosswalk while I was racing to make a light, help me fight back.
- Some newbie bicycle commuter has been shoaling me each morning and I have had it up to here with his insolence. Who do these people think they are. Can we all agree to freeze them out?
- I ride the Chicago Lakefront Trail and I am furious that school kids from local high schools are using the trail to train their cross country runners. They are in my way! Can you help me fight back?
- The cops are bothering me about coming to a full stop at stop signs. And they seem to not understand that I need to run red lights to beat cars across town. Can you help me fight back?
- I want to do the World Naked Bike Ride. My friends at work seem to think this is pretty weird. Can you help me prove to them that riding around naked on a bicycle is ‘normal‘?
And so the saga goes. I sometimes wonder whether anybody in this so-called movement ever stops to reflect on just how alienated they really are. They kind of remind me of how the members of a white supremacist hate group must feel when the press comes out to one of their rallies and comes away unimpressed.
Being on the fringe is tough! Pity the fringe participants.