In one of the most ludicrous "statements" I've ever heard, someone in the State of Colorado is looking to make July 25th a "Block Dangerous Cyclists" Day in the League of American Bicyclists Platinum Level Bike Friendly City of Boulder, Colorado. Apparently this individual, whoever it may be, is upset at the new State safe-passing-distance law. The following flyer is appearing all over the city of Boulder (reprinted below, exactly as posted):
JULY 25TH BLOCK DANGEROUS
CYCLIST DAY BOULDER CO
ON AUGUST 5th new regulations limiting driver rights
regarding dangerous bicyclists will be the STATE LAW.
CYCLIST FLOUT COMMON SENSE, ENDANGER THOSE IN CARS ON
MOUNTAIN ROADS IN THE NAME OF SELFISHNESS; CARS WILL BE
FORCED TO CROSS DOUBLE YELLOW LINES ON DANGEROUS LIMITED
VISIBILITY ROADS DUE TO THE EXPANDED RIGHTS OF CYCLISTS.
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE HAS A LONG HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES.
THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER LAWMAKERS WILL ONLY RESPOND TO
COMMON SENSE WHEN PUBLICITY REACHES THE GENERAL MEDIA.
ON JULY 25TH IN CELEBRATION OF DRIVERS RIGHTS MANY CARS
WILL USE THE LEFT HAND CANYON ROAD, DRIVE SLOWLY AND MANY
MAY BREAK DOWN UNEXPECTEDLY, BLOCKING AREAS TO THE CYCLISTS
ON THE RETURN LEG OF THE "SUNRISE CENTURY". PLEASE USE
JUDGEMENT DURING THIS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.
MANY WHO ALSO LIVE IN THE FOOTHILLS OR WHO HAVE BEEN
ENDANGERED BY CYCLIST BEHAVIOR WILL JOIN IN WITH THEIR
"DRIVERS RIGHTS" TO PULL OVER AND INSPECT THEIR VEHICLES
FOR ENGINE TROUBLE, SOUNDS, OR OTHER SAFETY ISSUES. MANY
CARS AND SAFE DRIVERS ALL WORKING TOGETHER CAN SEND A
MESSAGE TO THE STATEHOUSE TO RESTRICT CYCLING ON OUR ROADS
WHICH ARE OUR ONLY ALTERNATIVES DURING FAMILY EMERGENCIES,
COMMUTING AND REQUIRED DUTIES.
BLOCK THE ROAD DAY IS JULY 25TH CENTERING AT LEFT HAND
CANYON and nelson road. DRIVE SLOWLY FOR SAFETY AND PULL
OVER WITH FLASHERS as
The absolute nonsense of this stance is almost too moronic to pass up. Let's start at the top. How exactly are cyclists riding "in the name of selfishness?" Roads are commons. They're available for everyone to use. And it only makes sense for those who are the least susceptible to injury, the motorists, to be required to make allowances for those who are most susceptible to injury, the cyclists and pedestrians, as they operate their vehicles. Pretty simple.
Second, "cars will be forced to cross double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads." Who exactly is forcing them to do this? No one but themselves. No one says that they have to pass RIGHT AT those spots. Wait till it's clear, then pass. Again, pretty simple. Driving slower is safer, anyway.
Third, faking breakdowns and purposefully riding slowly to block anyone from getting by is deliberately dangerous, especially if done on these so-called "dangerous limited visibility roads."
Fourth, who says that anyone has the right to tell people what kinds of vehicles they can and can't operate? Bikes are as legitimate a form of transportation as cars, end of story. Many of us use our bikes "for family emergencies, commuting, and required duties." Do we not deserve safe operation as well?
Finally, let's look at the concept of "drivers' rights" as this flyer seems to be indicating: basically, this person doesn't think that cars should have to slow down for cyclists or pass them at a safe distance. In other words, this person believes that drivers should have the right to endanger cyclists' safety. The answer to that is obvious.
And I hope that the Boulder Police, Colorado State Police, or whoever it is that monitors traffic on the route for this ride are out with the tickets and handcuffs for those individuals who are foolhardy and callous enough to endanger the rights to safe operation that all vehicles possess. Because not only are such morons going to upset the cyclists, they're going to upset their fellow motorists as well.
People, not speed.