Sparked by the now infamous Hummer incident, cyclists from all over the city will be swarming City Council on Friday, to make their dissatisfaction with LAPD known. Friday, May 1st, at 10am at Van Nuys City Hall we will submit public comments regarding the anti-cyclist bias of LAPD. Van Nuys City Hall is located at 14410 Sylvan St – arrive at or before 9:40am to have time to get through security. If you live outside the Valley, you can meet us at the Red Line station at Santa Monica Bl & Vermont Ave, and we’ll all take the train over to the Valley, and ride from there. Check out the event listing on Facebook.
In case you thought the Hummer incident was an isolated incident of police bias, or motorist aggression, here’s a comment left on Westside Bikeside by Emily:
I appreciate bikers–the fact that they bike to exercise or to save the planet–but before bikers start complaining about being treated as second class citizens, it would be nice if they learned how to ride safely and appropriately. I don’t know what happened in this situation, but bikers are not supposed to ride tandem on the street. They are technically supposed to ride single file so that cars can pass them. Were these 12 bikers doing that? How did that bike get caught under the car without more serious injury? Was the bike being used to block the car’s path?
I’ve heard so many bikers say that they’ve been hit by drivers who were turning right at an intersection without paying attention. Technically, bikers should not be passing cars on the right. Especially at an intersection. If a car tried to do that (pull up on the right side of a car turning right), they would probably get hit as well. However, even then, it’s easier to see a car, and the injuries for someone in a car would probably be much less than for someone on a bike.
Bikers need to decide: Are you riding in traffic? Then follow the rules of the road! Don’t ride past cars that have stopped at a traffic light. You should stop, too. Making cars pass you multiple times because it’s easier not to follow the rules of the road is dangerous! Otherwise, be a pedestrian and follow the rules of walking your bike around other pedestrians and across the street. Bikes are not meant to let you ride however you like. In fact, I’m surprised that more bikers are not ticketed by the police for their unsafe behavior.
Sure…it’s more fun, and less work, to bike unsafely. But, there are consequences for that!! Who knows how this incident really happened. Be safe in your biking, or stop complaining about accidents on the road.
Should I highlight the flaws in this comment or would y’all rather do it? Because letting comments like this slide as “logical”, “reasonable”, or “she has a point” is what leads people to think they can run us over. Whoever gave people the idea that it’s ok to punish all cyclists for some cyclists running red lights? Or that it’s ok for motorists to act as vigilantes and punish cyclists they have identitfied as red light runners? Who thinks that motorist aggression is really based on anger at cyclists running reds, and not on an angry sense of entitlement? And since when did the punishment for running a red light become death by Emily, in a Hummer of her choosing?
We can’t permit this flawed thinking to exist for one minute without negative scrutiny. If we do, we can only expect more comments like this comment from “steve”, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org:
If you’ve never lived in LA, then you’re not aware of the roving Cycle gangs that will shut down intersections and block all traffic as 100-200 slow-ass cyclists meander down the road. It is by far the most annoying thing ever.
The cyclists were lucky they weren’t run over, I’ve often dreampt of chasing them down and crushing everyone involved as I’ve sat through 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 rotations of a stoplight completely unable to move because the people on bikes are breaking the law by illegally shutting down an intersection.
Next time the HUMMER should just CRUSH all of them, then maybe the rest of us drivers who follow the law and don’t disregard and disrespect others on the road won’t have to waste 20 minutes or more at an intersection waiting for these cycling losers to pass bye.
See you all on Friday!