I have decided to continue analyzing a blog post from the WBF
Here is another response from the WBF
Since people like this victim need to get places like to work that often do not have a separate path or even a wide paved shoulder, it is necessary to ride to the left of the fog line. Since people in cars are doing the killing, using your logic but putting the responsibility where it belongs, you would be better to argue people should not drive on roads without wide paved shoulders when their visibility is limited if they think there may be people walking, bicycling or farmers using them
Why not ask for a ride to work, instead of rolling the dice & risking your life riding in the lane of travel on a highway?
People in cars are doing the killing, what a statement. Really? Claiming Motorists are going out looking to kill people is really an out of bounds statement.
People that have common sense & use caution wouldn’t walk, or bicycle in the lane of travel on the highway.
Bicyclists have the same rights as a motor vehicle, how do bicyclists have less responsibility on the road ways than a motorist does? This again puts on display of hypocrisy from the bicycle advocates/lobby.
If there is no shoulder wide enough to bicycle on, STAY OFF THAT ROAD!! DON’T BE STUPID!
People shouldn’t drive on roads without wide paved shoulders, that is absolutely the dumbest thing I have read coming from a bicycle lobby. Why not just say ban motor vehicles on rural roads. ( while they weren’t serious, supposedly, eye roll )
I recommend that Wisconsin Bike Federation can pay to pave wider shoulders on these rural roads that “complete streets” legislation won’t touch with a 10 mile pole.
Instead, we choose to ask that everyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and operates that potentially dangerous moving object obey our laws and take their responsibility for other’s safety seriously and drive with extra caution when the potential to cause serious injury or death through personal negligence exists.
I am asking the bicycle lobby to start educating the bicycle community to exercise caution on where & how they ride, instead of shifting the burden completely on to the motorist.
As a further practical measure, we advocate that roads be constructed for the safe passage of all users. The purpose of our roads is to transport goods and people, not move people in cars. With proper design, a complete street is much safer for all users.
Very strange statement. Not many people are going to walk, or ride a bicycle to get to some where that is 10, 20, 30, or more miles out. The fact of the matter is it isn’t affordable to rebuild every damn road the way the bicycle lobby wants, the costs would be astronomical, who in the hell would pay for it all!? Motor vehicles are here to stay bicyclists & bicycle lobby, get over it! Your utopia won’t work in reality.
The best way to stay safe is to use caution while riding your bicycle, riding in the lane of travel on a highway isn’t cautious, it is stupid, dangerous, it isn’t fair to the motorist that may not see you in time. It is time to stop rolling the dice on these county roads & highways, they aren’t play areas!!
To reiterate what is mentioned in the post above, despite this tragic death, when the health benefits are factored in, riding a bicycle is probably safer than driving a car AND riding bicycles has a positive return to our society and communities, where as driving personal motor vehicles, however necessary for many, has a negative return.
The health benefits are decent until you decide to risk your life riding in the lane of travel on a highway!!
Yet again they subtlety bash motorists ( anti-car rhetoric) basically what screams out to me is if you disagree with us, you’re a big fat lazy dumb slob of a motorist, give up your “personal motor vehicle” & get on a bicycle & shut up!! ( they didn’t actually say that, that is what really jumps out at me in the statement the WBF made ) They are condescending in a subtle way. Which is one of the many reasons why I started this blog.
I have yet to see any proof of a positive return that bicycles have on a community & society, only big bills creating nice paved path ways that are squabbled over, and not used. Having a motor vehicle that isn’t used doesn’t count, as the license & registration can’t be shared with a second vehicle ( remember they say a bicycle is a vehicle ).
Here is that negative return those awful “personal motor vehicles” have on society, When a motor vehicle is taken in for repairs, new tires, oil changes, that is taxed.
I paid about 5 bucks in fuel tax this month.
Every time I go to Menards, Lowes, Fleet farm, to get supplies, necessities, and other taxed items, I am paying taxes. If motor vehicles were banned, like the bicyclists want I wouldn’t bother because I wouldn’t be able to get any of the supplies back home. I think I may start tracking how much taxes I pay every month.
Any one that questions what the bicycle lobby says, should be blogging about it. It maybe more powerful than their almost 9,464 people that have liked their facebook page, especially when the bicycle lobby wants to introduce/pass their legislation.