Tuesday, May 3, 2011
WashCycle response to Post editorial on cyclist behaviorDrivers are welcome in DC, but they too should obey the law is the title of the WashCycle article in response to the Washington Post editorial entitled "Bicyclists are welcome in D.C., but they, too, should obey the law."
It all starts with the title, which online is "Bicyclists are welcome in DC, but they too should obey the law." Which is confusing as hell, because it seems there is some group who obeys the law that bicyclists can join. But I can't for the life of me figure out who that group is. A better title would be "Bicyclists are welcome in DC, but they alone should obey the law." In the paper version the title is "Sharing the Streets: Bicyclists welcome. But please obey the law." Which is better, but I could hardly see the same message aimed at any other group. It seems to be proposing the old quid pro quo - if you obey the law, you'll be welcome; which is a standard no one else is held to. If I break the law, then ticket me, but I have a right to the road and I don't need the paper to tell me I'm welcome to use it anymore than I need them to tell me I'm welcome to vote.The rest of the article is well worth the time to read.