First off I just want to start off by mentioning that I will be foregoing the usual Weekly Roundup this week, but rest assured I will have a Roundup for you next Wednesday. There really isn't too much going on, save talk about the Olympics which I just don't really want to get into right now. I guess I'm just burned out on all that is the Michael Phelps Show, formerly known as the Summer Olympics.
With that said I want to take a minute to, sort of, follow up on last weeks Weekly Roundup. In that post I talked about the joy that is riding in some less than bike friendly cities in Cleveland, but I have to admit it seems to be cake compared to what is going on in California. I caught wind of the following video that Gary borrowed from John Prolly's article that was based on an LA Times article. Phew... Or something like that. Anyway, the story goes a bit like this. Two cyclists were put in serious danger, dare I say are lucky to be alive, after a DOCTOR in Los Angeles pulled in front of them slamming on his breaks. The kicker to the story is about three months earlier a third, unrelated cyclist, filed a police report about the doctor in a similar incident and along the same stretch of road. The following video is a brief news snippet.
So once again I'll ask: What the hell is wrong with people? Seriously, what can we do as cyclists to change the world so that instances like this don't continue? What can we do to better peoples view of cyclists? We need to pool our resources and together make a difference. The positive side is there are more people who are using bicycles as a viable means of transportation. Hopefully this will also positively impact the way cyclist are viewed when there are more of us on the road.
I'd love to hear your comments. Also, if you have a good advocacy site please post that in the comments. I'd love to start a list of bicycling advocacy websites.
2 months ago