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6 February, 2007

It's not a war out there

As I may have happened to mention ;) I'm not a cycling activist.  My view is that cyclists are road users like any other, with the same rights and obligations as the drivers of cars and lorries.  As such, I assert my rights, but feel no affinity with self-righteous pseudo-hippies who regard traffic regulations as optional or even oppressive (one idiot I encountered this week likens cyclists to suffragettes).

Personally, I think such people are at least as dangerous as inconsiderate or aggressive drivers, primarily in the sense that they're a physical risk to themselves and others, but also in the sense that their irresponsibility reflects badly on other cyclists, like me. Why should I accept the public hostility generated by their pathetic little 'civil disobedience' campaigns?

If you agree, consider visiting Stopatred.org:

a campaign to improve the status of cycling in the eyes of the public and policy-makers alike, and to tackle the attitudes of those cyclists whose behaviour perpetuates the image of cyclists as a low-status social 'out-group' on wheels.
Stopatred was created by concerned cyclists, alarmed about how the cause of cycling is being undermined by the reckless actions of an unrepresentative minority.
There's an online petition in the form of a pledge to stop at red traffic lights, which you might wish to sign. I haven't, for two reasons: I never participate in petitions and I consider traffic lights to be compulsory, not a matter of choice – one shouldn't be publicly promising to do something one is obliged to do already.

Comments

I share your dim view of petitions in general, but Stopatred's (they could have thought of a better name) general aims chime in with things Ive been thinking about a lot lately, especially as pavement cycling is becoming a real hazard here in Lancaster.

Posted by looby at February 6, 2007 07:07 PM
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