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Monday, April 14, 2008

Buy some gas!

From the Hartford Courant, 04.14.08:

"Lisa", Newington, CT: what a freakin joke! Now we got to pay millions so a couple cyclist can peddle to work? get some brains! stop paying $100 a month for cable tv and buy some gas you dolts!

"Bostonian", Boston, MA: Lisa-Thanks for putting it so bluntly. You are everything that is wrong with America.
I couldn't resist sharing this, from the comments section of the Hartford Courant, responding to a generally favorable editorial, Watch That Cyclist, in support of a pro-bicycling bill in the Connecticut legislature. "If bike commuting were safer, more people would try it. They'd get exercise, save fuel and cause less pollution — which all should be encouraged." However, the Courant editorialists stop short of fully embracing the bill's Complete Streets provisions.

The Connecticut legislation is similar to the AB 60 Safe Passing Distance bill introduced last year in California, which failed in committee. The Connecticut bill will require motorists to allow at least three feet when passing a bicyclist. It's a modest acknowledgment of bicyclists' rights to the road. However, I remain skeptical that legal provisions offer better security for bicyclists than improved road design. Give me Complete Streets anyday.

Image: Andy Singer.
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips Site
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Anonymous said...

Complete Streets would be a major step in the right direction but in MO-land, promises are given a higher priority.

"Trust Us" says MoDOT:

Unfortunately the public has.

Yokota Fritz said...

I guess Lisa likes higher gas prices. The more people who buy gas, the more it costs.

Anonymous said...

We have the same problem here in Memphis, TN. I usually get bombarded with comments that it's not legal for me to ride in the street or that it's "safer" on a sidewalk.