Drivers like Scott Latimer, that is.
Mr. Latimer is afraid that he’ll hit a cyclist and then he’ll totally feel like a jerk:
I am afraid of them because I do not want to be the driver who collides with a cyclist who suddenly appears where he is least expected.
He’d prefer that bicycles disappear from traffic:
I would be for bicycling in dedicated bike lanes, or bicycling in any context that is safe and accessible and doesn’t force cyclists to imperil themselves riding in heavy traffic. Bicyclists have the right to bike safely and properly, but motorists also have the right to drive without constantly worrying about when a cyclist might suddenly appear, speeding along without (shudder) a helmet.
Because if he or another
person driver hit a cyclist, how awful would THAT be?
In fairness, the article raises good points about bad cyclists. The city is full of shitty bikers out there that ride on the sidewalk unnecessarily, who don’t signal or stop appropriately, or do dumb things like talk on their phones or carry 19-foot ladders on their bikes.
The city is also full of shitty drivers who reverse straight at cyclists because they’ve gone too far and god forbid they park 15 feet farther than they meant to and walk back. It’s full of assholes who don’t stop at crosswalks, talk and text while driving, open doors without looking, run red lights, cut cyclists and pedestrians off at intersections by turning right ahead of them, and in general run roughshod over the rights of others.
While neither of those things are good, they have different consequences: Bad cyclists piss drivers (and other cyclists and pedestrians) off and put themselves* in danger. Bad drivers FUCKING KILL PEOPLE. Yet Latimer puts the feelings of motorists on par with the lives of cyclists.
Let me state that again: Cycling scares this guy because it puts cyclists in danger of death and motorists in danger of feeling bad. That is ten million kinds of effed up.
I don’t particularly want to scare Mr. Latimer or make him feel bad, but I strongly suggest that he…
And then he can bite me.
*Mostly. Very occasionally someone gets hurt when a bicycle hits them. Nothing like the number that get hit by cars, though.