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"And never mind "Critical Mass" Fridays, where they completely take over the streets en mass, violating every traffic law they can think of, safe n their numbers while the SFPD officers just watch and collect overtime pay.

God help any mother in a minivan who gets caught in it. The car will get trashed, bicycles flung at it, windows busted, children inside terrorized."


WTF was that soccer mom doing on the streets on Friday?
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Pull your head out of your ass and give peds and bikes room.
Sure, we'll just swing into oncoming traffic, or slow down to 15 mph and get slammed from behind by a guy who has no clue why we're 30 mph under the speed limit...it's okay. The health of our spinal columns and our children is insignificant next to the unbridled freedom and reckless abandon enjoyed by cellphone-affixed reality-sheltered douchebags roaming the streets with only primary motor functions in tact. We can subject ourselves to huge repair shop bills or insurance deductibles (assuming we get hit by an insured driver or legal resident of the US), because some pretentious spandex-wearing Lance Armstrong wanna-be Trek-riding wanksicle needs "room". That's the solution. Just give them room, and drive at a snail's pace. Tokyo's got it all figured out, the progressive little slopes...we should all just emulate them.

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And that's another thing.

Why are the fashion police giving a free pass to all these cyclists who dress like aliens from an underfunded planet?

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"And never mind "Critical Mass" Fridays, where they completely take over the streets en mass, violating every traffic law they can think of, safe n their numbers while the SFPD officers just watch and collect overtime pay.

God help any mother in a minivan who gets caught in it. The car will get trashed, bicycles flung at it, windows busted, children inside terrorized."


WTF was that soccer mom doing on the streets on Friday?
Just an unfortunate, uninformed tourista.

Minivan's rude introduction to Critical Smash
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And that's another thing.

Why are the fashion police giving a free pass to all these cyclists who dress like aliens from an underfunded planet?

So it's the cameltoes and obvious ballsacks that enrage you..
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Stats are against you bike and ped haters.
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What's the problem?

All they have to do is walk or bike while waving a banner saying they support gay marriage and the rainbow coalition, if they're arrested they can then cry "intolerance" and the ACLU and Jesse and Al will be there in a heartbeat to hold press conferences about it.

Now pass me a law that keeps Jesse and Al off the streets, that I can support.

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I used to ride bikes [Cannondale SR1000] for about 10 years - until gravity based experiment killed ankle.. In fact, it is where I met my wife. I rode on the road based on the normal laws of the road in Kentucky, California, N. Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and several other states and in Europe on a couple of endurance events. My best year I rode 8600 miles, all on public roads.

Sometimes we would ride in groups and sometimes by myself but the one constant was impatient drivers. It was amazing just how many did not understand that bicycles had the same rights [and responsibilities] to the road as they had. We would do training rides, never taking over our share of the road and always giving cars room to pass but it never failed that impatient drivers felt it was not fast enough. On three occasions I was intensionally brushed to "teach me a lesson".

Our solution was to get several of the State Police to ride with us. Not in uniform, just the same lycra and cotton outfits that everyone else was wearing. Not long afterwards, as patterns started to emerge drivers would find $750 reckless driving tickets associated with their impatience. After 250 of them in one summer, the problem went away.

Most of the time the problem between biker and driver is driver because the biker is acutely aware of the asshole factor [and now cellphone factor] of the 5000 pound adversary that it occupying the same highway. But the cyclist will not be going away. In fact, as gas goes up and Green becomes more focused, I would suspect that bikes will be on even more streets. And most obey the law because they know they can't win at a physics contest with an SUV.

Live with it.

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