Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It Happens

John Cole, in response to some new legislation in Colorado that makes it illegal to throw things at bikers, asks pointedly:
What kind of twisted jackass throws something out of a car at a biker?
My mom is a fairly avid cyclist who has had beer cans thrown at her and been purposefully run off the road... and she's not a person who commutes to work and has to fight with people for space during rush hour... she only rides in designated bike lanes out in the boonies to get to get to secluded trails. Some people seem to have a reflexive hatred of people on bicycles.

I can sort of understand some level of animosity in places like Boston where there aren't pervasive bike lanes and where motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists all operate on the same "kill or be killed" kind of aggressive mindset... but when it comes to throwing things at someone from a moving car department I don't think we can blame anything but the obvious.