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Cyclists bashing.(7 posts)

Cyclists bashing.R600DuraAce
Jul 24, 2002 12:58 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_82631.html

Give this guy a call if you feel that he deserves it.
deja vu again?AllisonHayes
Jul 24, 2002 1:38 PM
b "I'm ready for those cyclist bashing b&*($#ds this time!"
guess the 4th times a charm (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 24, 2002 2:21 PM
My email to the basher!Diamondback
Jul 24, 2002 2:25 PM
I wrote this to the journalist;

You must be suffering from writer's block if this is all you can think of to write about. Most bicyclists by the way, own cars, probably a mortgage and statistically earn higher incomes than average (hence, pay more in taxes than most) and the members of my bicycle club stress safety and ride defensively. I am curious, did you check the statistics for bicycle related accidents, versus car on car accidents? I would assume that you are just one of those drivers that is in a hurry to go somewhere important that a few more minutes added might make your life miserable. Oh and by the way, how many DUIs have you seen given to bicyclists lately? I feel a lot safer around other bicyclists in traffic than other motorists. Think about it. Of course, you are entitled to your opinion and thank goodness we live in a country that allows us the freedom to choose our own transportation and allows journalists like yourself, to rant about something as unimportant as your frustration with biyclists. By the way, I am a registered Republican, and drive an SUV, so your comments referring to, "The politically correct crowd loves bicycles" should not be the paintbrush you use so liberally. You sound tense, maybe you should try riding a bicycle now and then and revisit the joy you had as a kid experiencing the freedom of riding.

Randy Wolken
Amarillo, Texas
My (belated) reply: sent 7/25davee
Jul 25, 2002 6:03 PM
I don't want to share the road with you either. Please stay out of Florida

David Holcomb
Pensacola
My reply:Me Dot Org
Jul 24, 2002 5:42 PM
In your column you wrote:

"Cars, trucks and motorcycles pay for our roads. State and federal taxes siphon about one-third of the cost of a gallon of gas, according to the stickers on some gas pumps. Take the time to read one the next time you defy the EPA by topping off your tank."

I guess you assume that anyone who rides a bicycle doesn't own a car. It may suprise you to know that riding a bicycle isn't an issue of economic necessity for most adult cyclists.

But...let's see...my bicycle weighs 20 pounds and rides on tires that are 23 centimeters wide. My car weighs 3,000 pounds. I guess my bike should pay $1 in road use taxes for every $150 that is collected for my automobile. Or to put it another way, my automobile is 150 times more destructive to the roadbed than my bicycle. (Actually more, because road bicycle tires are inflated to 100-120 PSI, have a much smaller contact patch and generate much less heat and friction than car tires on the road bed).

And I know how it must irk you that, because of our lack of petroleum consumption, we cyclists are not contributing to our trade deficit and enriching the economies of our good friends in OPEC. Perhaps you could levy a food tax on cyclists.

And of course, to be fair, you will have to tax all those who use their bicycles on public roads, including the little girl's Barbie bicycle with pink streamers, as well the paperboy.

I don't know how well that will go over with the "politically correct" crowd, but you might hear some grumblings from the "too much government and taxation" crowd. But collecting license fees at $3 a pop may not be a real revenue stream for the government, considering how much manpower it would take to administer the program.

Perhaps a little more thought would be appropriate before you put your mouth in gear.
Like your responses, both you and Diamondback.Leisure
Jul 25, 2002 1:24 AM
I can't seem to send one with this computer, perhaps another one will work. I find it funny how the responses given by routine posters here are considerably better presented arguments than what these paid journalists offer up.