All vehicles on the road should follow traffic laws and without an endorsement and a plate there is very little reason for a bicyclist to follow them
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The "war on cars" is a distraction and a shameful attack on our goals of a greener future made for every Seattle citizen, from those who walk everywhere to that awesome car covered in old floppy discs on through to tall bikes, skateboards and even that stunning yellow H2 that I see around in impossible parking spaces (bravo, driver!).
Let's not live in a city where anyone who bucks the status quo is an enemy.
We just make 6 lanes of highway traffic funnel into 2 lanes and then wring out hands about all the "traffic problems".
Then we build a Convention Center straddling the obvious bottleneck so it can never be fixed.
Then we "remedy" the situation by proposing low cost light rail.
Then we spend $20 billion planning and not building it.
Then we spend an order of magnitude higher per mile building it.
Then we go bankrupt building it and can't build any more.
The traffic remains bottlenecked.
But there is no war on cars.
And if you say so, I'll down shout you and call you names.
War! On! Crows! War! On! Crows!
Thats basically how I see these Critical Mass "parades" every Friday night. When they gather more people for a Sunday "parade" through the neighborhood, the endgame is often the same. Since there was no signs posted a week in advance indicating there would be a "parade", the driver obviously didnt prepare to take detours, so the car quickly gets trapped trying to get out of their neighborhood. They honk their horn and are immediately surrounded by cyclists who start slaping the cars roof or hood" and the driver freaks out fearing for their safety or property and ends up hitting one or two cyclist just to escape. Seems to be a broken record on these Sunday "parades".
Also, the deep bore tunnel, if this was a 3 billion dollar light rail tunnel, SCAT/PSN/SLOG/SIERA/CASCADE/Mayor wouldn't have a problem with it. They would welcome the investment in mass transit, but since its being used for cars & trucks, its suddenly an obscene waste of tax payer money (even though were spending 18 billion for light rail).
Such a stupid concept.
Whatever it is, we should probably have a war on that.
Will I get to drive a tank?
Hell, yeah, there's a war on cars and I want to lead a division!
And #17 is completely right.
All vehicles on the road should follow traffic laws and without an endorsement and a plate there is very little reason for a bicyclist to follow them.
Well, as long as by "war" you mean "I dislike and would rather see gone but I am too peaceful and lazy and busy living my own life to actually do anything but look down on."
I think the chip on the shoulders of people that forget that they are wrapped in hundreds of pounds of metal is incentive enough. What you're bothered by is little more than annoying scofflaw activity.
Tell that to my stepmother who was put in a coma by a bike messenger.
Also, my cat was run over by a St. Bernard delivery-dog yesterday trying to deliver some much needed brandy across town.
Down with all delivery services!
With all due respect to your stepmother, your reaction is incredibly insulting and borderline irrational. I think she's owed an apology for your crass and opportunistic abuse of her misfortune.
Yes, the Surface Transit has a HIGHER car and truck capacity than the Tunnel of Tolled Terribleness.
Kind of surprising, but you can get lower pollution, lower cost, and higher vehicle capacity by not digging insane holes in the glacial till and vacuoles and silt.
Apparently, Baconcat didn't get that memo.
Are you showing a video of a car breaking the law to support an argument that bikes shouldn't have to obey traffic laws? What?
And that's fine.
Just be honest about it.
I'm so goddamn sick of watching you guys thinking you can just sneak this enormous social change under the radar and not have to answer for your true intentions and ideologies. It doesn't matter how righteous your cause is, it's still shitty public leadership.
Be honest with the people.
The motherfucker was breaking the law when he mowed her down. I demand an apology for your crass stupidity.
Interesting how I didn't complain about the existence of bike messengers so much about bicyclists breaking the law and hurting/killing pedestrians. Pathetic attempt there, asshole.
If I were a general in the war on cars, my strategy would be to eliminate transit.
I'm sorry that you apparently disagree with my desire for people who are in the position of making/influencing public policy to be honest about their true intentions rather than poorly attempting to play politics.
I'm really not sure why I need to identify my real name to express that desire other than the likely scenario that you'd like nothing more than to spend your evening googling me so you could come up with "dirt" to create personal attacks against me in an attempt to discredit my opinion.
Weird. Really, really weird.
The people fighting the war on wars are too stupid to realize they're fighting a war on cars (incredibly unlikely)
The people fighting the war on cars think the public is too stupid and/or afraid of change to understand the need for a war on cars (incredibly likely)
Make it clear that the war is in fact on cars and that its not a war on drivers or commuters and the people will get it.
People don't get it right now. It's not because they are too stupid. Stop thinking that and stop treating people that way. They are ignorant. There's a huge difference.
This one is not to be taken too seriously.
Just scratching the surface, the questions presented as #'s 1, 2 and 3 in the press release are #'s 11, 12 and 13 in the crosstabs - out of an allegedly 11-question poll.
When it comes to defining "the majority", I'd put more stock in the SUSA poll this one was ginned up to contradict.