We are concerned about cyclist safety

September 1, 2016 § 24 Comments

This was the claim of the entitled NIMBYs in Rancho Palos Verdes last month who advocated banning cyclists from public roads. They are a splinter, ALT-Trump group of ultra-socialists, i.e. people who believe the means of production should be subjugated to the wants of the lazy class, and they have their counterpart further down the hill in the Lunada Bay Boys on Mom’s Couch.

They are concerned about cyclist safety, they say, as they focus on regulating every behavior but their own to achieve their life’s motoring goal, which is to have as much empty pavement in front of them as possible, paid for with other people’s tax money. They are the people who scream incessantly about cyclists who run stop signs but who don’t even know that the 3-foot passing law exists.

My response when they insincerely claim to be concerned about safety? No, you aren’t.

You don’t give a rat’s ass about cyclists, cyclist safety, or anything other than squelching the cognitive dissonance you feel at seeing strangers pedaling happiness machines on “your” roads because inside you are a miserable, envious, unfit, unhappy sack of tax dodges.

You don’t care if people get hit, killed, injured, maimed, terrorized, or traumatized, and you don’t care if the collateral wreckage includes kids who grow up without parents, spouses who spend years or decades caring for the shattered mind and body of a loved one, or individuals who get, in an instant, reduced from active, healthy, productive lives into badly broken, dependent shells.

Fortunately, in a couple of weeks you will have the opportunity to prove me wrong. The same stamping, champing, foaming, finger-pointing lardasses and potbellies who railed against Big Orange at the last Rancho Palos Verdes City Council meeting will have their second of six chances to actually do something about cyclist safety thanks, of course, to Big Orange, the group they so hate for insisting on doing something for cyclist safety that actually includes cyclist input.

On October 8, a Saturday that conflicts with football, pre-football, post-football, and, worst of all for the Lunada Bay Boys on Mom’s Couch, a 2:30 PM start time, which gives them only twelve minutes to put on sandals, roll off the couch, eat some dry Cheerios, and drive to the El Segundo Public Library, a place filled with books, (after filling up with mom’s gas card), yes, on October 8 Big Orange will sponsor its second Cycling Savvy course, taught by none other than Gary Cziko, Dude Who Used To Ride The NPR With A Giant Sign On The Back Of His Bike Saying “Bikes May Use Full Lane.”

That dude.

The Cycling Savvy course teaches bikers how to safely ride their bikes in traffic. But it does something else. It teaches cyclists, who also happen to be cagers most of the time, how to safely drive their 4,000-pound inflammable steel cages in the vicinity of underwear-clad people pedaling happiness machines.

In other words, every worthless Lunada Bay Boy on Mom’s Couch, and every dishrag-for-a-brain, bike hating NIMBY atop Crest has the opportunity to come and see what real cyclist safety measures look like. What they’ll find is that bike riders are ordinary people who just want to keep pedaling their happiness machines, and what they’ll also get is a sense for is how easy it is to accommodate the underwear-clad class without even being late to check out the shitty surf at the bluffs and key someone’s car who hasn’t yet heard that Lunada Bay doesn’t like you.

Oh, and it’s free, just be sure to get there at 2:00 PM (course begins at 2:30) because seating is limited and the venue will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Courtesy of Big Orange.

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§ 24 Responses to We are concerned about cyclist safety

  • tonyguy says:

    Perhaps invite the NIMBYs to attend?

  • tonyguy says:

    Perhaps invite the NIMBYs to attend?

  • Winemaker says:

    …”…miserable, envious, unfit, unhappy sack of tax dodges.”
    this is striking too close to home……

  • dangerstu says:

    I wonder if they’ll show, you made the invite so politely.

  • Joninsocal says:

    Can’t wait for surf shops to start selling cool vintage graphics T shirts of cobweb covered long boards, leaning against a rather dinged Prius with a bag of dried Cheetos on the hood, lunada bay in the backdrop and L.B.B.o.M.C. In large letters – damn if I had graphic skills I’d come sell them at the library……

    • fsethd says:

      Along with the sublimated image of a key, a fat dude falling off his board, a couple of flat tires, and copies of the face page of the federal racketeering and gang activity summons and complaint.

  • channel_zero says:

    Wanky, it seems to me a jersey with Bikes May Use Full Lane on the back (the whole back, or maybe lower 3/4?) could be a good fund raiser for you. Put your URL on the front across the chest.

    I’d buy a medium, full zip, shipping extra. I have no idea the cost/complexity of these things. Just throwing it out there.

  • sibex9591 says:

    I like the big sign idea.

  • Doug says:

    This post is unfortunate, in my opinion. I can’t think of many situations in public discourse, where belittling and name calling is an effective course of action. Name calling, personalizing, and targeting just degrades and lowers the standards of our communities. To accuse these residents of being a “splinter ALT-Trump” of citizens and then using very Trumpian methods and labels in doing so…well, I don’t think I need to point out the hypocrisy in this, do I? Your movement deserves much better. People can disagree without being disagreeable. Take the high road and I think you will be much more successful in enrolling others in the validity of your cause.

    • fsethd says:

      Watch the video of the last city council meeting and draw your own conclusions. It’s hypocritical beyond belief for “concerned” citizens to speak about “cyclist safety” without ever consulting a single cyclist, and then to buttress it with a call to ban cyclists from a public roadway.

      If you think it’s Trumpian to offer free education, to attend public meetings and offer constructive contributions, to volunteer to participate, and to dispute absurdities with facts, then we’ve been watching a different Donald Trump.

      • Doug says:

        It’s Trumpian to describe citizens as this: ” They are a splinter, ALT-Trump group of ultra-socialists, i.e. people who believe the means of production should be subjugated to the wants of the lazy class, and they have their counterpart further down the hill in the Lunada Bay Boys on Mom’s Couch.”

        And, this: “You don’t give a rat’s ass about cyclists, cyclist safety, or anything other than squelching the cognitive dissonance you feel at seeing strangers pedaling happiness machines on “your” roads because inside you are a miserable, envious, unfit, unhappy sack of tax dodges.”

        And, this: “You don’t care if people get hit, killed, injured, maimed, terrorized, or traumatized, and you don’t care if the collateral wreckage includes kids who grow up without parents, spouses who spend years or decades caring for the shattered mind and body of a loved one, or individuals who get, in an instant, reduced from active, healthy, productive lives into badly broken, dependent shells.”

        Take the high road – you’ll make more progress and represent cyclists better. If you feel you have been disrespected, responding with disrespect isn’t usually the best response. Just the way it looks to me.

      • fsethd says:

        No, Trumpian is to criticize people with no basis in truth or fact, to dissociate policies from their real effects, and to say one thing while you do another. If you don’t like strong language I’m surprised you’re here in the first place. It’s not a blog for the well-dressed.

        As a final point, you’d add credibility to your position by putting, you know, a name to it. Anonymous critiques are the hallmark of insincerely held beliefs, or worse, ones that are held only when they can’t be opposed.

  • Kathie says:

    Do you need to be a member of Big Orange to attend Cycling Savvy? If not, I’d like to attend. If so, I’ll try to ride faster than I possibly can so that I can be a member of Big Orange. I’ve seen you fly by me on way too many occasions…

    • fsethd says:

      Nope! Just show up, but seating is limited to 50 people, so get there at 2:00 PM so you can get a seat. The class begins at 2:30.

      This is part of Big O’s community outreach as well as a core part of its internal club education.

  • Nah, fuck civility. Call ’em out for what they are. You see how 7 years of trying to work with the Alt-Right has gotten President Obama. This is no time for political correctness, because all it will get you is fucked.

  • Judith Frankel says:

    Wow. Free Cycling Savvy. Awesome

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