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Another facebook cyclist hate fan page.

I don’t know what’s more frightening, that I keep finding facebook groups like this:

Theres a perfectly good path right next to the road you stupid cyclist or that they have 31,000 fans.

Sesh.

Meanwhile Gothamist has a report from this year’s Memorial ride.
“Yesterday a small but dedicated group of cyclists braved the brutal winter winds for the fifth annual Memorial Ride across Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn to dedicate eleven “Ghost Bikes.” The all-white bikes, a tragically common reminder of bicyclist fatalities, commemorate the estimated ten lives lost while bicycling in NYC during 2009. Linda Langergaard, whose son James Langergaard was killed biking across Queens Boulevard in August, said in a statement, “James was a wonderful part of so many lives and we miss him terribly. It hurts to know so many families are feeling the same loss as we are. It is so important that we come together to prevent these tragedies from ever happening to another family.”

read more here.

3 comments to Another facebook cyclist hate fan page.

  • Gabbo

    Sugg, most of those 31,000 are cyclists. We took over the page since FB wouldn’t remove it. If you go in, you’ll find most of the photos, comments, etc. are all by bike riders telling the bike-haters where they can cram it.

  • This hate site comes out of Australia where things in the cycle world are deteriorating fast. The accident rate is up dramatically. Two months ago a cyclist hopped on a Sydney bus and started punching the driver who had apparently cut in close on him. It’s significant though that the cyclist was in a bus lane, where he was not allowed.

    A big part of the problem, and this will make me no friends, is that we have essentially a mono cycle culture here, and that’s never healthy. Put google seafch on Cycing in Australia, as I’ve done, and virtually every story is about an umcoming race or one just held. That is, until this story broke

    The dominant image of the cyclist is the guy in Lycra, head down, eyes hidden by shades, going full tilt. Most such riders give the impression of being on the roads for training. They are going to the shops, that’s for sure.

    Should the roads be so used? When runners take to the streets, they close the roads for the event, or they stay on the shoulder.

    Drivers obviously don’t think using roads for training is legit. when they are in a hurry to get somewhere and come across a pair occupying a lane, quite legally, but necessitating the driver slowing down, maybe passing with difficultly.

    The diver honks, and cyclists reaction, is of course, ‘stuff you mate’ and it goes from there, spiraling down into the toxic scene now have. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s the mono culture as unhealthy in a forest as on the roads

    If we had here, as in Europe, the majority of cyclists using bikes just to get around, folks riding slower sit-up bikes in their normal clothes, that would help calm things down. proof of that can be found in cities where Bike share is thriving.

    I also bring in as evidence that there’s much less anger, even while there are many more cyclists, in countries like Holland and Denmark.

    More bikes less anger but bikes of another sort. That’s what we need to work on. Mike.(In Australia)
    http://situp-cycle.com.

  • Waltzing Matlida

    No matter how far to the left you are, you’re taking up my road.

    My car is hard, and i am not slowing down!”

    That seems to be advocating violence to me.