Monday, April 4, 2011

Fucking Bikers

It's no secret to regular readers of this blog that FLG hates bikers. Oh, but FLG, it's better for the environment and you shouldn't blame the bad behavior of a select few on the entire population. Bullshit, FLG replies. It's not just a select few. A great majority of bikers are fucking crazy. They

A while back, FLG doesn't quite remember why, Ryan Avent offered a defense of bikers, and in particular there was one accusation FLG remembers Ryan defending bikers from, which was that they don't obey the rules and laws of the road. He wrote that people don't get as worked up about jaywalkers, so cut bikers some slack.

Well, today, on the way to work FLG remember this defense because some fuckhead biker blew through a stop sign about 20 mph because the bastard didn't want to lose the momentum he had going downhill. He almost smashed into FLG's car, which had stopped at the stop sign. Yet, fuckhead had the audacity to get mad at FLG.

And that's where the crucial difference between jaywalkers and asshole bikers arises -- jaywalkers can stop and start at a dime and don't travel at high speeds.

3 comments:

arethusa said...

I despise bikers both as a driver and as a pedestrian. In the first case, as you say, they don't obey the laws of the road, and in the second, when they're too chicken to ride in the road that has no bike path, they get on the sidewalk and rundown pedestrians, to whom they're also a real danger because of their speed and inability to brake quickly.

Bikers need to be required to buy insurance as drivers are. They cause accidents, and they almost always get off scot-free because when it's car vs. bike, sympathy goes to the little guy.

Withywindle said...

You know I was actually on a jury trial about a bike vs. car accident. Not to break too much confidentiality ... but the other jurors were skeptical of the car driver on the grounds that "it doesn't matter if the law says the bicyclist is supposed to give warning, any car driver should know bicycles pop out of nowhere, you need to drive expecting that, we know because we're drivers, any driver who hits a bicyclist is stupid, careless, and liable." It was an interesting line of reasoning.

Galatea said...

Of course most bikers are fucking crazy. They're risking life and limb on roads full of goddamn tanks just to get to work every morning. Anyone with a decent sense of self-preservation gets a personal tank of their own.

Which is terrible for the environment and more importantly for the culture, so the crazy bikers claim for themselves a good-sized dollop of self-righteous superiority in their borderline suicidal lives. I tend to be okay with letting them have this, because lo, they are like unto butterflies in their life expectancy, and with this awareness I would be grumpy and neurotic too.

 
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