Lloyd Alter, October 28, 2011
Earlier this year Jack Lakey of the Toronto Star, AKA "The Fixer", went on a rant: Are cyclists alienating drivers by being selfish and rude?. He was complaining in particular about how cyclists "chronically break the law" , blow through stop signs and ride on sidewalks. I responded with Are Cyclists Selfish and Rude? No, And We Have Video to Prove It, using a video by James Schwartz, of the Urban Country.
After an exchange of emails with James, the two of them went for a bike ride together, so that "the Fixer", whose gig at the Star involves solving reader's problems, could learn about the problems cyclists face. The result was a surprise to both of them. Lakey writes:
The Fixer concludes:
Most cyclists also drive, and understand the frustrations that face drivers; that is probably why they got a bike in the first place. When I am in my car I know to check my right mirror before I turn, to look before I open my car door, to never, ever park in a bike lane. Perhaps if more drivers occasionally got on a bike, we would all get along a little better and would have fewer squished cyclists.
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