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What A Moron

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 02

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In what can only be described as click bait written by a person who seems to have suffered a head injury (perhaps a helmet would help?) Jeff Jacoby continues the Globes tradition of publishing foolish OpEd’s about cycling (see here here and here).

The death last month of cyclist Anita Kurmann, who was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer turning from Mass. Ave. onto Beacon Street, was a terrible tragedy. The 38-year-old medical researcher was at least the 13th cyclist killed in collisions with motor vehicles on city streets since 2010. That number is sure to rise if Boston keeps encouraging people to ride bicycles where bicycles don’t belong.

Busy thoroughfares aren’t meant for cyclists. They are meant for the cars, trucks, and buses that transport the vast majority of people moving through the nation’s cities. Those vehicles weigh thousands of pounds, operate at 300-plus horsepower, and are indispensable to the economic and social well-being of virtually every American community. Bicycles can be an enjoyable, even exhilarating, way to get around. So can horses, skis, and roller skates. Adding any of them to the flow of motorized traffic on roads that already tend to be too clogged, however, is irresponsible and dangerous.

I can’t imagine a less tactful way to talk about the very real problem of  cyclist road safety.  Not only is he being incredibly crass about a recently killed person, he is missing the point that cycling as a mode of road share has been growing rapidly over the last 5 years.  With surging numbers of cyclists on the road, you would expect much higher number of fatalities in a city so poorly designed for cyclists (like Boston).  Indicating that cycling is a much safer mode of transportation than he lets on.

He goes on to assert that because someone died we shouldn’t use that method of transportation anymore?  Did anyone tell him that in the same 5 year period (2010 to 2015) over 1000 people have died in Massachusetts due to fatal car crashes. (source) many of them in Boston, including pedestrians.  Are we to assume no one should walk or drive either?

He also seems to forget that it was cars that were added to pedestrian and cycling traffic, not the other way around.  Cars were late comers to the road mix, and have done nothing but kill and maim since they were introduced.

He also fails to address that Boston is only several feet above sea level, and continued use of oil (cars still run on oil) puts the very city itself in danger of destruction.  Business as usual use of oil will not only clog city streets with traffic, it will submerge those streets under water.  Also you know cars make people fat, angry and clog our air with pollution.  Cycling, solves many if not all of those problems, and causes very few new ones.

He continues to confuse his imagination with reality to such an extent that it seems to be pointless to even type out a response to the whole mess.

Seriously this guy…I think this comment summed it up best:

The distinction between a newspaper columnist and an internet troll gets more subtle every day.


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Crazy B%*$H In A Lexus On The Loose Smacking Cyclists

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

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An irate passenger slapped two victims in the street after they unintentionally cut them off on Friday in Cambridge.

Police responded to Mass. Ave. at Norfolk Street on June 10 at 11:10 p.m. for an assault in progress. Two victims from Brighton said they were on their bikes when they accidentally cut off a black Lexus. Words were exchanged but they drove off and the bikers stopped at an ATM. A passenger from the black car reportedly came out, approached them outside the ATM and slapped both of them on their faces. The driver of the car then yelled at her to get back in and they drove off.

Police searched the area but did not find a car matching description, according to the report.

Honestly I can’t think of anything stupider than getting out of your car and getting into it with cyclists, or the other way around (getting someone out of a car and having a fight with them). People have guns/knives/u-locks/mental problems. The last thing in the world you want to do is start a fight with a stranger, for all this lady knew she would have walked up to these two cyclists and promptly gotten u-lock tenderized, sheesh people are stupid.

Moral of this story, don’t start fights, and watch out for crazy bitches in black Lexus’s who have no sense of self preservation.


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