One of the more recent Bike Snob NYC entries was good on its own merit (and if you haven't already discovered him, you might want to check him out. Quite funny in a bit of a snarky way, IMO.) That said, the reason I'm posting this is that I really like the quote he stuck in the middle:
- Cycling's enemy is not the car; it is the idiot. And idiots travel by foot, car, and bicycle. If anything, the bicycle has more in common with the car than it does with the pedestrian, since the bicycle is a vehicle too. Really, the problem is that too many people don't consider bicycles vehicles (which is why they tell us to "Get on the sidewalk!"), coupled with the fact that too many cyclists don't ride like they're operating vehicles in the first place. Also, try telling a pedestrian who's been hit by a cyclist that his real enemy is the car.
In a different form this has been my mantra when discussing cycling lately with colleagues who drive.
So can we give up the War on the Car and have everyone work together in the War on the Idiot?