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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cars > bikes > people?

Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Hey motorist, why don’t you get off your lazy butt and stop complaining about bikes in crosswalks? As a motorist, cyclist and pedestrian in downtown Halifax I understand the whole picture. You get antsy behind the wheel because don’t get enough exercise and you want to get places as fast as possible; you get sneaky on a bike because safe travel routes are limited; and as a pedestrian you’re running scared of both of these potentially emotionally charged speed demons, but hopefully not across crosswalks because then you’ll probably also become a subject of this tired debate. It’s simple: cars pose the largest threat and should be saddled with the responsibility of travelling slowly in areas where bicycles and pedestrians are present, and keeping a level of awareness proportional to the hazard they pose. I don’t think that a person rolling pedestrian-speed across a crosswalk poses the same kind of threat that cars turning across crosswalks do. Why not just wait for your light? To all y’all that proudly flaunt their anger towards cyclists and pedestrians, you clearly don’t understand or respect the privilege of having a license, and should probably also seek anger management counseling. —Check Your Poor Rational

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