Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Jerk mentality: "I HATE BIKES, ME ENTITLED TO ALL TEH ROAD!!!"
WINNIPEG is set to begin construction on Pembina Highway bike lanes that will connect to the Bishop Grandin greenway.Some commenters, however, just couldn't stand the thought of bicyclists actually having accessible routes. MAY WINNIPEG BE A CAR-DEPENDENT CITY FOREVER!!!!
On Monday, city crews will start the four-month project, which will see buffered bike lanes added to the curb lane between Crescent and Plaza drives. In a statement, city officials said this is the only feasible route to connect two existing active-transportation paths. The properties on the east side of Pembina Highway back onto the river, and west of Pembina is an industrial area where no residential streets connect Chevrier Boulevard to Bishop Grandin.
("Work to begin on Pembina bike lanes". Staff Writer. Winnipeg Free Press. July 20, 2012.)
|Screenshot of comments section on Winnipeg Free|
Doogie5 makes the most reprehensible comment, suggesting that bike-riders flock to the sidewalk. "Get on the sidewalk" jeering contributes to an already epidemic problem for Winnipeg: sidewalk cyclists. Bike-riding on sidewalks is both illegal and dangerous given that cars don't expect vehicles of bicyclist-speed coming off sidewalks designed for pedestrians. Indeed, surveys of US bike accidents indicate that bicyclists going off sidewalks accounts for most accidents.
An acquaintance of mine who's lived in Toronto noted how much more often he sees bicyclists on sidewalks in this city. The car-dependent, car entitled mentality contributes to this risky and reckless behaviour.
So if you're a bike rider and some jerkass tells you to bike on the sidewalk, ignore him or vocally censure him. This attitude is damn well intolerable and people need to speak out against it.
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