Comment 1115

By brent (anonymous) | Posted September 27, 2006 at 14:32:58

I live in NYC and have recently given up the subway in favor of commuting by bike. Here, as in the rest of America, the most immediate and threatening problem is the attitude of entitlement of motorists. The system allows for them to consistently run every red light and speeding is encouraged. The speed limit for all of Manhattan is 25; you will NEVER witness ANYONE going that speed. Doubling the speed limit is common and accepted. This is obviously a densely populated city, but the pedestrians are crowded onto 8 foot wide sidewalks while motorists enjoy wide avenues. Cyclists are forced to assimilate with the vehicles which is harrowing. You have to be out of the way. If you can't get out of the way and can't keep up, you get obnoxious horn blowing. I have had someone call me a f*&$%ing moron for not going fast enough. The Dept Of Trans. believes the solution is to force people to where helmets. I believe the solution is to launch a campaign to change the nasty, evil, life-is-cheap compared to my precious time attitudes of motorists.

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