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‘Particularly militant motorists with an unjustified sense of entitlement.’How does that compare with those particularly militant cyclists with an unjustified sense of entitlement? You know the ones I’m talking about: cyclists that blow red lights, hop up onto the sidewalk to pass red lights, weave though lanes of stopped traffic, filter past cars. I’m no fan of arrogant drivers, in fact have had a couple of shouting matches with drivers who got out of their car to yell at me, but to be honest I think bad cyclists do more harm to the cycling community than bad drivers do, especially since there is a higher percentage of bad cyclists ( when compared to total number of cyclists) vs. bad drivers (when compared to total number of drivers)
I work with this guy that never wears a helmut and is always riding his bike on Winnipeg roads in the winter. His middle name is Danger. I wish I was joking but he legally changed his middle name to Danger.
To bgilchrist Sometimes I've gone through reds, but that's only because I overestimated the duration of a yellow. Cyclists who treat reds like they're nonexistent or intentionally drive through stop signs are fuckheads, pure 'n simple, and deserve to be ticketed. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2009/08/18/manitoba-cyclists-tickets.html ^ I fully support issuing $190.00 tickets. As for the comparative rates of recklessness among motorists and cyclists, I don't think there's been any comparative studies and - as such - most evidence is anecdotal and dependent on the selective memories of respective motorists and cyclists. There might be something of a chance that there are more traffic law ignorant road cyclists, as one doesn't need a license to be a road cyclist (mine expired quite a while ago). Still, I'd rather have dumb cyclists then dumb motorists who just squeezed by too low licensing standards who are endangering the public with 2000 kg of steel. To Willi, Most winter road cyclists I've seen are sane enough to wear helmets.
I would like to note, though, that I'm generally very distrustful of attempts to switch the conversation from "motorists can act self-entitled" to "cyclists act self-entitled". It generally seems like a dishonest rhetorical move, perhaps a Red Herring or Tu Quoque.