The goal of the bicycle lobby

From what I understand the bicycle lobby wants to bring the Netherlands dutch type of bicycling here where motorists are made to be subservient to bicyclists.  This won’t work any where in America,  mostly due to cyclists bad arrogant attitudes towards those that drive a personal motor vehicle.

They think if they can change the meaning of words that they can trick everyone out of their personal vehicles and on to a bicycle.  Who in the hell wants to go BACKWARDS,  transportation wise, & go back to a bicycle ( bicycles are for children, and these adult cyclists act like a children too )?  Who the hell actually wants to ride a bicycle in rain, snow, sleet, fog, storms, hail, in heat & humidity, and pedaling up hilly roads,  that isn’t a pretentious stuck up trendy hipster?

Bicycling is not a good use of ones time either,  anyone that has actual things to do likely isn’t going to choose a bicycle to go grocery shopping, or pick up drywall, plywood, or have a load of (4) 38 pound boxes of cat litter, which would be 152 pounds of cat litter to be exact.  Do people really want to try this on a bicycle,  especially in above mentioned weather!?

Friday Fools: Wrong Way Bicycling

Since the WBF doesn’t let a crisis go to waste.  I am not going to skip posting wrong way bicycling.  Speaking of not letting a crisis go to waste,  I found a video on youtube that is chilling.  It is exactly how bicycle advocacy works.  That is the “Chicago way” right?

Any ways, here is the wrong way bicycling.  West Custer & Expo Dr ( near Expo Dr )

Wrong way cyclist problem in Manitowoc

This time it was on the north end of Manitowoc ( I think it was on Friday the 29th ),  Fairmont & N. 23.  Caught cyclist riding on the wrong side of the road.  These problem cyclists are going to roll back any progress made,  I strongly recommend the good bicyclists out there to get on these unlawful cyclists,  as the bicycle lobby doesn’t want to admit these kind of cyclists exist,  or pressure the wisconsin bike federation to come to these communities to educate how to ride a bicycle on the road ways properly.

Another bicyclist no handed sighting

I saw another bicyclist riding no handed operating a cellphone riding down the sidewalk going west on waldo blvd about 6:30 pm July 5 ’16.  I have no video of this sighting,  which is very disappointing.  I always know that these bicyclists are so arrogant they will continue to do this very stupid stuff.  Hopefully some innocent driver doesn’t get blamed if the cyclist loses control.

Updated with video: Bicyclist riding no handed holding phone

I would like to point out that being out in public one has no expectation of privacy.  So  catching dangerous & unlawful bicycling on video  is perfectly legal.

I happened to catch a bicyclist riding with no hands on the handle bars while holding on to a cellphone.  The picture isn’t that great as it is a screen shot from a video that I have to find a way to slow the video down enough to show it since I didn’t get the phone pointed correctly to capture this unlawful distracted bicyclist ( I will upload the video if I can get it slowed down enough, it will probably be barely 2 seconds long though ).  You can clearly tell that the cyclist is looking down holding something based on arm position.  Very very dangerous and unlawful bicycling.  This is what goes on when bicyclists aren’t educated on how to ride a bicycle on the roads.

Update:  I have edited the video of where I took a screen capture from, I slowed the video down as much as the video editor would allow me to.  It isn’t the greatest video,  but you can tell the cyclist is holding on to a phone & looking down.

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The above screen capture from the video, further proves that bicycle riders need to be educated how to ride a bicycle properly on the road way.

Imagine if this bicyclist would lose control & rode in to a motor vehicle,  who would be blamed,  the motorist or the bicyclist?  Which is the very reason I am concerned,  especially with the influence of bicycle lobby,  which reminds me of a previous blog post where I pointed out where the bicycle lobby has too much influence.

Bicycling is as safe as you make it part 2

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.

Bicycling is as safe as you make it

The WBF is at it again, they say riding a bicycle is safe.

Here is the response from the wisconsin bike federation that bothers me:

I think the question and suggestions were made in a respectful manner, but they reflect a pervasive culture among people who don’t ride bikes for transportation that blames the victim rather than the perpetrator in the United States. I try to answer questions like this in a way that helps people rethink the perspective that blames the victim and emphasizes the responsibility we all shoulder when we are driving a motor vehicle in a space we must share with other road users, some of whom are walking and bicycling.

Is doublespeak/doublethink/political correctness being used by the bicycle lobby, or am I just imagining it when I read these blog posts when someone questions when the bicyclist was at fault?

Right off the bat the blame is put on to people who don’t ride bicycles. Since there seems to be a rising culture of “highway bicycling” in the lane of travel on highways.  This bicyclist was riding in an unsafe manner, rolled the dice too many times & got a bad roll.  The WBF seems to always blame the driver, the bicyclist is rarely blamed.  This blog post from the WBF shows that. ( I thought at first the driver had the open beer can,  which that wasn’t the case, it was the person on the bicycle, it was very poorly written, just like a lot of my stuff )  When the bicyclist was found to have an open beer can on himself.

This is the kind of stuff that should come out when they want their vulnerable user legislation pushed through,  all they have to use is emotion, using previous bicyclist deaths as martyrs, and trying to transfer blame away from the bicyclist & back to the driver when it is often the bicyclist that chooses to roll the dice & often ends up with a bad roll.

The bicycle lobby says bicyclists have the same rights as motor vehicles, but when the time comes to prove that, the bicyclist is never found to exercise any caution while riding, or following any laws.  The reckless bicycling needs to come to a stop.  Yet the bicycle lobby doesn’t want to admit these problem bicyclists exist, & ends up blaming motorists.  It seems their goal is to criminalize driving & scare people in to giving up their motor vehicle for a bicycle,  think about that.

 Here is part 2 of this post