We Are Traffic: Better Traffic

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 14

Below is an argument that some people have used to complain about bicycles, slightly altered to reflect a bikers point of view

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Today when I got on my bike to go to work there were a bunch of inconsiderate jerks clogging up the road in front of me. They were riding two abreast, sometimes three abreast (when there was enough room, the things they were riding were like 5-6 feet wide each!). I don’t know what the occasion is, but every morning around 7 and every evening around 5 they have some sort of massive group ride. It should be illegal for them to all ride at the same time, it fills up the streets making it impossible to go anywhere, don’t these jerks realize that people have things to do?! I am forced to ride around them as they rudely take up the entire lane just for one person. I don’t understand why they don’t just use the highways, I mean the highways are designed just for them. I don’t understand why they are even allowed to ride on the streets, get on the highway where you belong! The worst part is there behavior, if you try to tell them to get out of the way all they do is honk their horn or give you the finger, I mean how rude!

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CriticalMass

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12 Responses to “We Are Traffic: Better Traffic”

  1. By cyclostat on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Ha! We should have a reverse critical mass, where bikers just drive cars in. Hundreds and hundreds of cars that could have been bikes.

  2. By mtalinm on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t know how helpful it is to bash cars. Does shaming drivers make them want to bike more?

    What’s most helpful I think is to increase the ease of year-round bike commuting. Emphasis on “year-round.”

    Currently, a bunch of bike paths including the minuteman don’t get plowed much in the winter. I just bought some clipless pedals from a guy who bikes in from Bedford to Cambridge (16m) but has to hang up the cleats when the snow starts.

    Also, a fresh coat of asphalt on the Charles River paths and the Southwest Corridor would be welcome.

  3. By Boston Biker on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Mtalinm:

    I wasn’t bashing cars, but rather pointing out the logical falsehoods in a certain mentality (namely the one that says bike clog up the streets and slow down traffic).

    But now that you bring it up, what exactly have cars done that make them a positive force for this world? What is so great about the personal automobile that should insulate it from criticism?

    You seem to put forth the idea that we have to bow down low and beg and plead for the powers that be to give us a little sip of the money that currently goes towards automobile infrastructure, why? What is is about cars, and driving cars that is better than walking, biking, or public transportation, especially in the city of Boston?

  4. By Mark on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    You are correct, Mssr. Biker. Cars are killing us in a hundred different ways — taking lives and our common wealth and our air and culture. Coddling drivers will not change a thing.

  5. By Damian on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Where could I find that poster? Our bike plan is going before the assembly and it would be nice to whip that out so they could get a visual of how much cars actually contribute to traffic and how significantly bikes can reduce traffic. Great post.

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