My two cents....
As with pretty much everything else in my life, as long as you don't bother me, I won't bother you. Want to drive to work? Great. Want to ride a
bike. Good for you.
That being said, just as there are a-hole drivers there are a-hole bicyclists. I would have to admit though, that when bicyclists take to the road,
they really should follow the rules of the road and when flagrantly breaking said rules, they should be held accountable. I'm not quite sure if they
should have to register their bicycles at the DMV (since they aren't operating motor vehicles) but I do believe that it would be wise for those who
cycle to work to look into insurance (which I assume is available because companies will sell you almost anything). It is not beyond the realm of
imagination that a cyclist can be part of and cause an accident that results in serious damages to other vehicles or injuries to other parties.
Traffic/Red Light Cameras are everywhere and growing in number of locations and rest assured if (God forbid) I'm ever in an accident due to a cyclist
and there are damages, I'm going after the cyclist just as I would go after another driver.
Regarding the attitudes/arrogance of drivers versus cyclists: I find that the arrogant driver is typically arrogant in the sense that they drive a
"flashy" car and use it as a status symbol. The arrogance of the cyclist is the fact that the ride a bicycle to work at all. It is apparent in this
thread. "You're a fat, unhealthy driver but I'm the picture of perfection because I ride my bike to work."
Of course, there are people on the
road that are literally on their way to the gym or to soccer practice... so, you know.
As far as the demands/requests for employers to provide showers for cyclists so they can freshen up after their morning commute, I leave that up to
the employer. I will never ever support any "law" that requires this. The transportation that people chose to use to get to work is up to the
employee. I would never ever support any "law" that lets employers dictate modes of transportation of employees either.
As far as demands/request for secure locations for bicycles "because cares have them".... I would say that in general, that simply isn't the case.
Especially in urban areas. Many businesses simply don't have the real estate for a parking lot for employees. In many (most) cases even the
businesses that do have room for a parking lot, it is still a "park at your own risk" environment. The employer may give you a place to park, but
they can't (and shouldn't) be expected to guarantee the security of the vehicle or it's contents. For businesses that have a parking lot, beyond a
bicycle rack to lock onto, I'm not sure what else could possibly be asked. For a cyclist worried about security, get the best lock you possibly can.
Back to the car versus bike to get to work thing: I know plenty of people that ride their bicycles to work. Some do so because they have to because
they don't have a car (and may do so even if they did have one). Some do so because they want to even though they do have a car. Personally, I
couldn't care less because it doesn't affect me... UNTIL....
Although I see the bicycle people only when I'm in the office (which is typically about once each week)... the following two scenarios have come up
more times than I can remember.
1) A full-time office bicycle person suddenly has to either bring home files and/or rolls of drawings or presentation materials to meet a deadline.
They ask me to give them a ride home after work.
2) Mid-day a full-time office bicycle person needs to go to a meeting and they suddenly are asked to transport files and/or rolls of drawings or
presentation materials to a consultant's or contractor's office.
Here's where the rubber meets the road (pun partially intended). If driving a car sucks and riding a bicycle is inspired, what is the cyclist going
to do in these situations? They ask those with vehicles for help.
For my part, if (IF) I can help out a cyclist, I will. I have my own responsibilities so I can't necessarily give someone a lift mid-day (regardless
of whether or not they own a car). If (IF) I can drive a cycling coworker home I will (although I live in the suburbs and by default in the opposite
direction of where most of them live).
Here is something that I do think about though when I'm on the fence. Does the person asking me for help ride a bike because they HAVE TO or because
they WANT TO. And if it is because they WANT TO, do they act like a pompous arse about it? If they are of the latter, pompous, I ride a bike so
I'm better than drivers responsibility
variety.... lets just say I'm less sympathetic and they are more likely to be on their own.
Also, lastly, before cyclists pass judgements on those who drive....
1) Many, MANY people have a substantial amount of material to bring with them to and from work. Whether it be hardware, files, drawings, models,
renderings, tools or any number of other items.
2) Many, MANY people live beyond a reasonable biking route.
3) As far as the environmental aspect is concerned and depending on the city where one works.... PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS AN ABSOLUTE ABOMINATION AND
I WOULD NEVER... EVER DIRECT SOMEONE TO USE IT.
I have a story about that from literally yesterday (Thursday) that I was planning on making a thread about if I have a chance.
Edit to Add:
4) Just as it is someone's right to ride a bike to work... it is a person's right to drive if they choose to.
edit on 1-7-2016 by eluryh22
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