When I saw the headline and the accompanying animated GIF yesterday, I knew. I knew before I even checked, and I swear to you I would have bet anyone $10,000 that this incident had happened in Seattle before even taking the first peek at the article.
I knew it was Seattle, because we’re one of the few cities in the country that actively encourages the slaughter of two-wheelers through an almost complete lack of punishment for those that do.
Take a look:
This occurred roughly one block from where a man was killed by a hit-and-run driver three
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The 2nd Avenue Bike Lanes arrived last week, and so far, from what I’ve seen, they’re getting decent usage. Especially for being so new.
It’s just too bad another cyclist had to die before they appeared.
A couple of years ago, when Mike McGinn proposed putting more bicycle lanes on Seattle streets, news website comment sections erupted with anger. People who don’t live in Seattle, and almost exclusively people who don’t live in Seattle, feel very strongly about Seattle having bike lanes.
“If they paint more bike lanes, that’s it! I’m not going to Seattle anymore!”,
Continue reading Better Late Than Never
For many years, I made a living as a bicycle messenger.
It was a tough job, but in those days, the days before email became ubiquitous, it was one of the few jobs which afforded young proletariat adults a quasi-legal way to make a better-than-minimum wage.
Winter was especially harsh, but due to a reduced number of messengers on the streets that time of year, it was also the most lucrative. Personally, I never missed a day of riding due to weather. Not one, single, solitary day.
I rode in rain, snow, wind, I rode in blizzards, thunderstorms, and
Continue reading The Loneliest Number
Nap Cantwell Memorial at Pike & Boren
On this spot, last week, another cyclist was killed by an automobile driver.
His name was Nap Cantwell.
I actually heard this collision take place, and I’ve been just sick about it ever since. It is why I purposely waited at least one week to mention it. Had I written about it the next day, I probably would have … well, let’s just say that I may have been less than kind to the loser piece of shit drivers that infest my neighborhood on a daily basis.
Last week’s death-by-motor-vehicle
Continue reading Cyclist Memorial at Pike & Boren
A 50-year-old woman riding a bike to the store wearing an Iggy and the Stooges jacket.
“License bicyclists!”, they scream on local news sites in a desperate attempt to divert attention from the real problem.
The problem which is: The slaughter of our people at the hands of automobile drivers.
Last week, a Kirkland bicyclist was killed at the hands of an intoxicated driver. Read the comment section of that article for absolute proof that most people should not have a driver’s license.
This murder came on the heels of several other high-profile deaths this past summer, all of which came on the heels of a man getting a $42 fine for killing a bicyclist, ironically,
Continue reading The Carnage Continues
Traffic on I-5
Let it never be said that the individual car driver in Seattle does not duly kick his/her own ass on a daily basis.
They oppose bicyclists.
They oppose mass transit.
They oppose most anything that does not involve getting in a car and driving from Point A to Point B.
Then, when construction of any kind is initiated to repair the infrastructure that they have destroyed … they sit. And sit. And sit.
If you think about it, it’s poetic justice. It’s a perfect case of people getting exactly what they deserve. Folks that wholeheartedly support
Continue reading Self-Flagellation
When it comes to employment, I’ve been fortunate. For the majority of my life, I’ve been able to make a living while enjoying a great deal of autonomy.
In my younger days, I was a musician who helped make ends meet by working as a bicycle messenger and photojournalist. I got out of those endeavors just in time to get into tech where I created a popular website which was eventually bought out by a large IT company. This allowed me to weather the dot.com bust and to be quite selective about who I worked for/with.
A couple of months
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Riding Bike up Pike Street
Michael Wang Memorial at Thomas and Dexter
It’s been a rough summer for bicyclists.
We’ve had three high-profile deaths over the last few months, and a few which have received a lessor amount of coverage. In each of these cases, newspaper and TV comment sections have lit up with people blaming the bicyclists for their own deaths.
“We’re not getting the real story, I’m sure it was the bicyclist’s fault”, some people say.
“That’s what he gets, roads are for cars, not toys”, others will follow.
“Had he ridden more defensively, he would still be alive”, opine other.
Continue reading Blaming The Victim