Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby Trail on Tue 10/Nov/15 7:55am

Found on Facebook. Don't know the origin. Repost was Melbourne - but it is good anyway!

I have never read a better bunch of words in one single comments section:
"The level of self-absorbed whining from a position of massive privilege you get from drivers on cycling-related matters is astounding.

This country spends billions and billions of dollars creating the infrastructure for you to be able to drive your car around the country, including multi lane roads/freeways/eyesores, ugly safety infrastructure, petrol facilities and so much more. This involves de facto exclusion of non-drivers from large proportions of built-up areas. Due to the inability of a large minority of drivers to obey the law, measures are put in place which cause considerable inconvenience to other citizens (e.g. barriers, speed bumps etc.). Also provided are large areas of public land for you to leave your cars (which apparently is still not enough given the amount of whining about full car parks and parking tickets).

To fuel your cars we have to enter into deals with despotic regimes, and ship the fuel around the world at considerable risk to the environment. The pollution from your cars causes thousands of deaths per year and harm to the development of children costing billions of dollars in healthcare costs and lost working hours, as well as major environmental damage in the form of wildlife-damaging water and air pollution and global warming. This is to add to the more direct form of death and injury which is being actually hit by a car which is over a thousand deaths per year nationally.

One of, if not the biggest cause of death in this country is inactivity. Cars, by their hogging of public land and their danger to other citizens doing healthier activities such as walking or cycling, are a major contributor to that problem. The biggest losers in this are children, who have lost almost all of their places to play due to cars and their drivers.

So poor you, a cyclist delayed you for 5 seconds or you witnessed a cyclist running a red light. Just remember there wouldn’t be a need for red lights if car drivers were capable of operating without something telling them when to go or stop. A world without cars is a world without traffic lights."
- Stephen, 2015
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Re: Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby Rik on Tue 10/Nov/15 8:11am

That's fantastic.

Sorry Stephen I might have to cut and paste that response into all future illinformed anti-cyclist comments on stuff
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Re: Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby maddogbob on Tue 10/Nov/15 9:17am

brilliant, pity it will be lost in the vitriolic hate that the keyboard warriors will spew out
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Re: Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby znomit on Tue 10/Nov/15 9:18am

If cagers had attention spans long enough to read that they wouldn't run us over so often.
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Re: Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby Malcy on Tue 10/Nov/15 10:28am

We should just keep copying and pasting that into EVERY Stuff/NZHerald et al comment section on anti-cycling rant comments!!

:-D
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Re: Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby swtchbckr on Tue 10/Nov/15 10:32am

hell yeah. I'ma be copying and pasting that from now on! Excellent!



starts looking for anti cyclist rants on Stuff...
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Re: Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby UK_Exile on Tue 10/Nov/15 1:25pm

ditto re copy & paste
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Re: Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby glenkoorey on Wed 11/Nov/15 9:22am

Nice! Here's my (slightly less ranty, but certainly not shorter) approach to dealing with cycling and social media: http://cyclingchristchurch.co.nz/2015/0 ... ial-media/
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Re: Cyclist Comment Section - Best Rant Ever

Postby RHR_Rob on Fri 13/Nov/15 9:45pm

glenkoorey wrote:Nice! Here's my (slightly less ranty, but certainly not shorter) approach to dealing with cycling and social media: http://cyclingchristchurch.co.nz/2015/0 ... ial-media/


Geeze - had you nothing to do that morning?
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