An Open Letter To My Fellow Cyclists

07 Dec

Dear fellow cyclists,

You don’t own the streets.  There’s nothing about you that makes you better than anyone else.  Just because you’re able to slide in effectively between vehicles, are engaging in physical exercise, and don’t need a license to operate your means of transportation doesn’t mean that you are better than anyone else in any possible way.  If you want to feel superior, win a cycling race.  Otherwise, you’re shit out of luck.  You have to abide by the same rules and regulations as everyone else.  That means you have to follow the exact same traffic laws as drivers.  Yes, I understand that drivers can be assholes, but that doesn’t mean you get to be an asshole in response.  Life is not a zero-sum-game where someone does you wrong means you get to return the favor.  Be the better person and act appropriately.

My preferred means of transportation is through cycling, so I’ve experienced a good number of assholes behind the wheel, so I know what it’s like to deal with these fuckups.  And yes, some of them have done things that really pissed me off.  But I’ve also seen assholes on bikes do exactly the same thing.  Assholes are assholes, regardless of if they travel by car, bike, or foot.  And in situations where there is a car verses a cyclist, the common assumption is that it’s the driver’s fault.  But with what I’ve seen some cyclists do, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the cyclist who was at fault.  With the actions that some of these cyclists do, the blame falls squarely upon their shoulders.

And think about it, drivers are encased in a steel cage whereas the cyclist only has a Styrofoam hat to wear if they wear one at all.  Who do you think has the advantage?  And who has the greater momentum if a collision occurs; the person with an object that weighs thousands of pounds that can reach speeds in excess of a hundred miles per hour or the person who is able to carry his vehicle with one hand over his shoulder and can barely reach the speed limit while riding?  The answer is self-evident, at least to those capable of critical thinking and aren’t entitled fucks who believe themselves superior to everyone else.  Otherwise, they deserve what’s coming to them, and trust me, it isn’t pretty.

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Posted by on December 7, 2010 in Essays of Misanthropy


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