An opinion column rant by Courtland Milloy in the Washington Post a couple of days ago has set off quite the controversy among the DC cycling community and everyone else.
He calls local cyclists Bike Ninjas: "They don’t just ride without lights at night. Or ride on sidewalks and go the wrong way in a bike lane. If you demand that he show common courtesy and obey the rules of the road, a biker just might spit on your car. Kick the door. Hit the side mirrors. Bang on the hood. And dare you to do anything about it.
It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.
Bikers routinely worm their way to the front of a line of cars waiting at a red light. When the light turns green, they’ll poke along at a snail’s pace, holding up traffic while motorists wait for a chance to pass. Then they do the same thing at the next stop light."
And to add fuel to the fire, cyclists are asking for a bike escalator to help them get up a steep hill on 15th St NW. Seems there is a town in Norway which has a bike escalator and now DC cyclists want one.
"With a bike escalator, called a "Trampe " a cyclist just places a foot on the platform and lets it push him or her up the hill."
Forget about all those people who have to walk up and down that hill every day. What the city really needs is an escalator for bikers, so they won’t have to “puff” up the hill.
As a counter to this editorial, cyclists have organized a protest ride Thursday afternoon that will begin in Dupont Circle and culminate at The Washington Post headquarters downtown.
"The column really touched a nerve with a lot of people", one said, "I didn't like the reference to terrorists."
I'm kinda with Milloy on this one from I see in St. Louis so often while sharing the road ...or sidewalk...with bikers. And the habit of going between two lanes of cars to get to the front at a red lights is just infuriating.