Boston Globe Places Foot In Mouth, To Much Yawning

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 15

Its kind of sad, newspapers used to be vanguards of news and opinion. Now the Boston Globe has devolved to the point where they would publish this sort of drivel.

Honestly I don’t even feel like posting a snippet of this article. I was reluctant to even link to it. Its got to be the most poorly thought out bit of tripe that has slid past the “editors” at the globe in a long while. It’s troll bait plane and simple. If you want to save yourself the trouble here is my quick summary.

I hate cyclists, lets ban bicycles from Boston. Here is some half asses opinion (not supported by any facts), here is my email, please email me and tell me I am an idiot.

Brian McGrory is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at [email protected]

Its the same half asses, one sided, poorly thought out shit the globe used to publish all the time about cycling. I would love to see, just once, a nuanced thought out piece about the kind of law breaking being done by all road user groups (including but not limited to cyclists) and an honest well researched piece about the implications of the different kinds of rule breaking (you know stuff like this, and this)…but that would require a brain and the will to use it. Something Brian McGrory seems to lack, as do his editors.

I feel bad about even mentioning this article, because it has no redeeming qualities, and my drawing attention to it will only make the author get more attention…its just red meat to the few people who still don’t get that cycling is going to be a major part of the future transportation mix of this city (along with public transit, and walking).

Shame on you globe editors for letting this steaming pile make it to publication. This article should have been left on the editing room floor with the rest of the shlock.


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5 Responses to “Boston Globe Places Foot In Mouth, To Much Yawning”

  1. By john on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    Today, after this anti bicyclist article in the Globe, my bike was vandalized outside my friends apt. Then on my way home, an SUV driver clipped me and told me to stay off the road. I was stopped at the time waiting to make a turn, it was very intentional.
    Coincidence? I think not. The mayor and the globe have blood on their hands as they have incited the car people to attack us. I hope they are happy. It reminds me why we left Boston for the more bike friendly confines of Somerville.

  2. By Dave on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    It is terribly frustrating…obviously the piece is satire, but as John commented above, I believe it endangers me to have this crap being printed.

  3. By PHF on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    Brian McGrory is nothing more than a flat earth thinking moron.

    He fails to understand roads were built for ‘transport’ not specifically for cars.

    He also fails to understand that his commute would be dramatically longer if all the bike riders gave up riding and got back in their cars too.

    Boston’s traffic problems are undoubtedly caused by the influx of cars, with their single occupant (too proud to car share?) who feel like they have some sort of entitled right to ‘drive’ rather than walk/bike/bus/train.

    Brian McGrory should look to a more forward thinking society that tries to get people out of their cars, no encourage them.

  4. By Paul Schimek on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    Well Brian got his attention — 450+ comments on his screed compared to 20-25 on other recent columns.
    His exceptionally muddled thinking reminds me that we have a lot to do on the public awareness front.
    Having police enforcement helps, but not in the way BPD is planning. Instead of singling out cyclists at “hotspot” intersections, they should just train all police to evenhandedly enforce the law, regardless of whether the operator is using a car, truck, moped, or bicycle. Training police in what the laws actually are is a key element (and required by the 2009 law).

  5. By Phil Lindsay on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    Nice letter by your immortal leader. Tons of others too. Didn’t see one other flat earther suggesting McCrory was onto something…

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