Apr 12, 2012 at 12:26:51
“Christ Almighty @ Theloneforester. Do or do not the overwhelming majority of SF cyclists routinely do the following:
a) run through stop signs?
b) ride on the sidewalk whenever it suits them?
c) run red lights or, failing that, ride in the pedestrain crosswalk of the intersection to cheat the light?
The possible answers are "yes" and "no". I could even except "often" or "sometimes" or "rarely". But none of the possible replies are "Cars are totally worse" or "I hate motorists". Get it? Got it? Good.”
noly101 on Apr 14, 2012 at 16:57:54
“I'll answer this one with no. In fact most cyclists follow the rules of the road, just like motorists. Addressing point C, most bicycle riders do in fact go on the sidewalk but do not go nearly the same speed as real cyclists. A cyclist would have to be insane to go at anything over 10 miles an hour on a sidewalk that would be like driving your car at high speeds on a road covered with potholes.”
Apr 11, 2012 at 22:27:19
“Nice false equivalence fallacy. It still isn't about cars. This is about cyclists who care neither for the law or the safety of pedestrians. And predictably, no cyclists want to hear about it. They'll deflect any criticism of their callous behavior to another group who aren't even in the discussion.”
Theloneforester on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:34:29
“Did you read the article? Please re-read. The last paragraph distinctly discusses how the vast majority of pedestrian deaths are from vehicle collision. I believe this group was part of the discussion and is obviously part if not the majority of the problem in San Francisco.”
Apr 10, 2012 at 15:15:33
“That is treating the symptom and not the cause. If you think that the divisive stance of the SFBC celebrated monthly in the antagonism fest known as Critical Mass doesn't normalize the "screw everybody else" attitude of this donkey and hundreds like him, then you haven't been paying attention.
Oh sure, the Bike Coalition is paying lip service to the issue by condemining this "rogue" cyclist, but they've winked at the unsavory actions and yes, occasional violence, committed by their mob for years now.”
dling31 on Apr 10, 2012 at 17:54:40
“The SFBC doesn't have any control over Critical Mass. I understand your feelings about Critical Mass - I wouldn't want to support that kind of behavior either, but how is the bike coalition promoting this behavior? Here's a thought: they're condemning the actions of this cyclist because they're an organization advocating for safer streets.
Holding Bucchere accountable for his actions does not address the root cause, but neither does treating every person on a bike as guilty by association. I agree that an event like critical mass attracts the kind of people who normalize the "screw everybody else" attitude, but it's just a concentration of jerks on bikes.”
Apr 9, 2012 at 22:26:19
“Personally, I believe the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is at least partially to blame for this senseless death. They have created the self-centered culture of entitlement among SF cyclists and have engendered the hostility and utter contempt with which cyclists here treat anyone who doesn't share their two-wheeled agenda.
And anyone who drags out the tired defense of "one bad apple spoiling the entire barrel" is in complete denial. Chris Bucchere is the very quintessence of the San Francisco cyclist; arrogant and self-absorbed, with a callous disregard for the rights, or even lives, of others.”
addisonsteele on Apr 10, 2012 at 16:50:45
“The Bicycle Coalition routinely provides misinformation about the requirements imposed by the Vehicle Code on bicyclists, so it is culpable for many of the problems.”
dling31 on Apr 10, 2012 at 14:18:45
“You can say the same thing about drivers. Chris Bucchere deserves to be punished, not everyone else who rides a bike.”