Dan, of the blog “Tired of Sharing the Road,” has dropped by here long enough to post a comment on the post, “Commute By Bicycle.” A firm believer in dialogue and diversity, I approved his comment. But my ideological idealism does not mean I’m above taking advantage of my role as publisher of this blog to point out what an asinine position he represents, and to invite you share your thoughts on the matter — here on my blog, there on his blog, and elsewhere in public forums where it really counts.
Not surprisingly, Dan doesn’t share anything about himself on his blog. He prefers instead to hide behind a mask of anonymity. Dan, moreover, makes no argument for his position, nor does he offer any worthwhile counterargument to the many good reasons why cyclists can and should make use of public streets (not least of all being state laws), let alone the plethora of benefits to riders and non-riders alike when more citizens go by bike.
This remark from Dan, which I’m sure was intended to be clever and sardonic, is nevertheless quite telling:
Today, while commuting to work in my car a bike pulled in front of me. I was reading my paper and drinking my coffee, and did not see him until it was almost too late. I spilled my coffee on my new blue shirt, and ruined my paper.
As someone who’s been nearly run over on more than one occasion by distracted drivers, I don’t find this humorous at all. What Dan and so many of these inattentive and, at times, angry, motorists fail to recognize when they get upset with us for being on that road and when, worse, they try to teach us a lesson as it were, is that they threaten not only my individual physical well-being and even life; they also threaten my family. Your attempt to scare me straight risks leaving my children fatherless. That takes some kind of gall, and betrays an almost unimaginable degree of arrogance on your part.
What do others think?