Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To the Disgruntled Driver

You called into the RH Line the other day, and your comment was posted in yesterday's paper (apparently the Reporter Herald is just a messenger).

"I see that the Lance Armstrong boys club is out breaking the law again riding four, five, six abreast. I'd like to suggest since they think they're above the law, they ought to have their bicycles confiscated, each be fined the minimum of $10,000 for each violation of the law and have their driver's license suspended for a year. Maybe Mr. Armstrong ... can justify why they do what they do." 

Thank you, from all us cyclists. We really do seek to encourage safe riding and driving and a mutual tolerance and respect between cyclist and drivers. As an avid cyclist, I'm perfectly okay with the purposed penalty. Cyclist that are out breaking the law are casting a bad light on the rest of us. 
But here's the thing: I'm fine with your proposed penalty, so long as you get the same treatment when I catch you rolling through a stop sign, coming within three feet of any cyclist, or parking over the line in the parking lot. After all, the law clearly states that cyclists and drivers are equal in every way and that bicycles are considered a vehicle, just like your automobile. So the penalty assessed is also equal. 

Please think next time before you open your mouth. 

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