Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Post publishes another anti-bike rant

Fred Kunkle
Washington Post
It's not a good sign when an article about the passage of the dooring bill in Virginia has the title "Hey, bicyclists: You got your Virginia dooring law – now stay off the sidewalks." The story appears in the Post's Tripping section ("A blog about how we get around.") by Fredrick Kunkle.

Kinkle writes that the dooring only applies to the driver side door: "We might argue that if you nail an adult riding his or her bicycle on the sidewalk, you should get a $50 award. Double, if it’s during lunch hour on K Street."

You may recall the anti-bike rant by Courtland Malloy back in 2014 in which he said: "It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine."

Since the Post linked to Milloy's article, we can only speculate that the Post encourages this type of inflammatory writing to attract readers, comments, page views. I like the Post. I read it every morning. I'm very disappointed that it's OK to make light of injuring or killing cyclists. I thought it was beneath them. Apparently not.

By the way, riding on the sidewalk in Fairfax County is legal.

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Well said. David Alpert also has a great critique in Greater Greater Washington.
Edit request: In the 3rd last paragraph can you please replace the word cyclists with people?

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