Re: Greater Boston bicyclists - love 'em or hate 'em?
posted at 2/15/2013 7:29 AM EST
In response to code1's comment:
I am both a motorist and a bicyclist. Let's see--what is it like from the perspective of a bicyclist? Motorists (i) regularly exceed the speed limit with impunity, (ii) do not use turn signals, (iii) pass bicyclists without giving sufficient space, (iv) make right turns into the path of moving bicyclists, (v) do not stop at stop signs, (vi) use their horns to express frustration and anger rather than to warn of danger, (vii) text, read and send emails while driving, (viii) park and stand in the few bicycle lanes that exist in Boston, (ix) run red lights, and (x) have a sense of entiltement to the road that results in bullying of both bicyclists and pedestrians. The attitudes that are posted on this website by so many motorists just confirm the point. The level of bigotry towards a class of persons that most motorists do not belong to is just extraordinary--somehow, the class that you do not belong to is responsible for all of the world's problems. If you could only eliminate bicyclsts, rtaffic would flow smoothly. There would be no congestion or delays. Motorists would not be waiting for two sequences of a traffic light. Parking spaces would be abundant. Motorists would get to work in half the time.
We desparately need an ad campaign in this city reminding people--bicyclists are not a subhuman class of people who deservie to be mowed down because you are in a rush, or are impatient, or are frustrated because there is so much traffic. The bicyclist is your co-worder, your student, your parent, your son, your child, your neighbor.
Getting very close, but look at the traffic control devices.
Boston keeps one way streets secret from those who are driving on them by not posting one way signs where they are required, at the BEGINNING of EVERY one way block. This is Boston's method of protecting wrong way drivers.
Look at the electronic signs above the super highways telling people not to travel in the left lane except when passing. The law is keep right except when passing. The right lane is the travel lane. The second lane is only to be used when passing the right lane. The third lane is only to be used when passing the first two. And the fourth lane . . . Telling people it is ok to block traffic in lanes two and three but respect the other guy in lane four is a very obvious symptom of not knowing how to drive.
People should not be managing traffic who do not know how to drive.
Then look at the registry's driving manual. Jaywalking is encouraged. The law is to slow down for jaywalkers. The manual says yield. Tailgating is encouraged. The law is to keep safe distances all around you. The manual says pull over and yield to drivers who should be thrown off the road because they are too stupid to keep a sane distance.
Irresponsible driving directions in the Registry's driving manual is far more effective in making our roads dangerous than can be reversed by spending a lot of money telling people to drive sanely when the Driving Manual is rewarding jaywalkers and tailgaters.
Cops who will not obey traffic laws should not be driving let alone enforcing laws.
Etc., etc., the traffic management system is corrupt at its core.