I'm trying to process what happened to Lisa as someone who rides that route every day.
Did Lisa get hit trying to merge with traffic just before the construction site or did this happen well before the construction - some folks are saying the semi hit Lisa while she was in the bike lane before the construction site.
All that being said - my heart goes out to their friends and fam.
I don't know that it's fully accurate to say "haters" and make this an "us/them" because it also is a lost opportunity to think of people that way. I don't think this is about hate, I think this is about education, legislation and continued advocacy.
Getting a bit off-topic here, but I find it fairly irresponsible of online media to not apply even the slightest bit of filtering to their comments sections. The latest Time cover story is entitled "How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet." We see it in the bike/car context, but it's everywhere. Some sites offload their comment sections to third parties like Disqus. In that case, there are (at least) two missed opportunities to apply reasonableness filters to incoming comments.
One reason I continue to read articles and comments on the NY Times website (I'm a subscriber) is precisely because they moderate their comments sections. People can (ad do) voice strong opinions, but the end result is still readable.
Since you asked, I am going to share my opinion on this topic. Riding our bikes makes us advocates to a certain extent. All of us that get on a bike represent cyclists whether we mean to or not. When a motorist chooses to share their opinions about cyclists e.g. "they are all law breakers" or "they should be riding on the sidewalk", I don't think it's helpful to counter it by saying they are "haters". I agree with Skip, I too think comments sections need to be moderated. there is some truly inaccurate misinformation out there and some of it is toxic.
We represent the cyclist community and I don't think labels like "haters" are effective in continuing an ongoing dialogue. I don't think that'll be the way to get people on our side when it comes to passing laws, educating drivers, and and making them care about our lives.
I would prefer to avoid labels and categories and focus on the specific topics. It makes it much easier to address when addressing an opinion rather than demonizing someone for their opinions.
I have shared with Yasmeen my view that the argument that we are all law breakers is a complete red herring in cases such as Lisa's. Whatever other allegedly bad cyclists may do has nothing at all to do with the need for safety and the reality that a young lady riding her bike in the bike lane was killed. This is no different from any cyclist trashing all drivers because there are drunks in BMW's and there are truck drivers who drive in bike lanes. Not all actors are bad and those bad actors do not change the arguments for us to make the streets safer for everybody.
The trolls are just that, trolls. They push the public discourse away from the solutions we seek to find. Can we all do better? Duh. Even the most noble driver, rider, walker, does a dumb thing on occasion. Do we learn from this? Do we opt to do better the next time? Do we learn from our mistakes? Do we make such behavior the exception? My wife recently served on a jury in a DUI case. All the jurors who were selected had admitted that they had been behind a wheel after having a drink. Does that mean they always do so or that they do so after having more than they should have drunk? No. We are human.
I think the balance that has come out of most discussions on this forum help. We will not accept blaming the cyclist as an excuse to ignore safety and ignore positive change. However, we call out to our brothers and sisters to please follow the rules of the road and be responsible citizens of the streets.
The reality is that in our digital society trolls will appear to stand much taller than they are. They really are two inch plastic doofuses with colored hair. Why engage? Let's ignore them and let's take the lane policywise.
Thank you Dave! Well said.
I'd like to help. Do you know what the timeline is for the ghost bike? Also, do you know someone that can create the sign or did you need help with the sign as well?
The day after this horrible event, I saw city trucks parked in the bike lane;