Star column talks bike advocacy; pits cyclists against motorists
The “Arizona Daily Star” posted a column about bicycle advocacy in Tucson and around the country. Read the excerpt below and check out the rest of the piece here. There are already a lot of comments on it too.
A Washington Post editorial last week said that city’s cyclists should be more responsible for their actions, both in accident prevention and advocacy. The piece led the League of American Bicyclists to lash back in a national e-mail, saying: “As if motorists are ever held to that same standard! We can, and will, fight back.”
The editorial also said Washington police should more vigorously enforce traffic laws for both drivers and cyclists.
Local bicycling advocate and blogger Michael McKisson also brought up the topic of driver-rider relations in a column on his Tucson Velo bicycling blog last week.
He took his platform to say, basically, that bicyclists will get what they deserve if they don’t stand up and defend their rights to the road, and support the bicycling infrastructure when it gets attacked by gas guzzlers who don’t want to share funding or space.
“In the last year, a disturbing trend has been forming in our community. People, businesses and interest groups have been mobilizing to put the kibosh on bicycle projects with astonishing success,” he wrote.
He implored bicyclists to advocate for themselves, telling them how they can get involved in the transportation community.
What do you think? Is it us against them?