Is it war on the streets between bicycles and cars? Seems some would like you to think so.
KSHB-TV in Kansas City broadcast a piece they entitled Bikes Versus Cars on the Streets and muck-raking blog Tony’s Kansas City responded with It’s time to start issuing tickets to reckless Kansas City cyclists!!!
From the TV piece:
With higher gas prices and drive to go green, more people are trying out biking for transportation. But new bikers might not realize they’re jumping into a fierce debate between cyclists and cars over where the bikes should ride and who’s at fault during a crash.
In fact, all I hear from the vast majority of cycling advocates is obnoxious crybaby antics that liken the struggle of bicycle short wearing dweebs to the Civil Right Movement or the current Eastside Massacre that takes place every summer. Put simply, a cabal of well-organized, liberal, elitist hipsters are using political thuggery in order to remain above the law on Kansas City streets!!! Therefore, it’s time for law enforcement in Kansas City to start issuing tickets to cyclists who are caught breaking traffic rules!!!
Yes, Tony is rather fond of exclamation points and outrageous hyperbole.
Sure, there are cyclists who break traffic laws, just as there are motorists who do so. As one commenter put it: “Just remember that every time a driver speeds, every time a driver rolls through a stoplight, every time a driver blocks a crosswalk, every time a driver doesn’t signal a turn, those are just as bad as any cyclist’s transgressions, and they happen far more often…”
And is it really war on the streets between bikes and cars? Sure, there is some occasional tension, and the incidents of conflict get all the attention, but for the most part, cyclists and motorists get along fairly well — if not actual respect, then at least tolerance.
As Eric at KCBike.info says: “The idea of a battle between bicycles and cars has been fueled by several overwrought media reports of some isolated incidents this year. Now a local TV station has picked up on the meme. KSHB-TV 41’s Chris Hernandez (who is a cyclist) has filed a special report on the topic, using some pretty inflammatory language like “fierce battle” and “street fight” – words that greatly exaggerate the situation here in Kansas City.”
Also, read Noah’s reactions to the KSHB video, as well as to a couple other recent media pieces covering Kansas City cycling with which he’s been involved.
What do you think?