The thing is that Bike Lane's aren't the problem, but they are an obvious change upon which the drivers can blame their problems. But if someone beats Rahm, they will, no doubt, give a great deal of credence to the Anti-Bike forces. I am afraid that the mis-advocating of the ATA is coming back to roost. We need that political capital that they threw away on that horrible Ashland Abomination, the Berteau "No Way", and a number of other badly thought out projects at the expense of real and useful projects. Oh, and Critical Mass, I am looking at you too. Once a month you deliver the message that Bicyclists think that they are better than the rest and don't have to follow any of the social conventions. And that enters into the mix on these comments as well.
Here's what we all need to do. Dress and act respectfully (i.e. no naked bike ride, no bright flowery helmets with shirts that say "can you see me now asshole"), follow the primary traffic rules (right way on streets, stop at lights) and try to make people realize that we are part of the solution. For if we don't, we are an election away from getting swatted hard.
I think we started out, wondering how to counter negative public opinion. Some folks on here stated that behavior and maybe even appearance may play a factor. Especially in regards of appearance some here (including me) speculated that there may be a general bias by the general population. For example when I stated above that lycra wearing sports-cyclists may belong to a group of cyclists that the average Joe may have a hard time identifying with, I certainly didn't mean to imply that I hate everybody who wears lycra (Simon). The question is, what makes a non-cyclist see a cyclist and say, 'Hey, you know instead of driving to the store/work/whatever next time, I should try *this*
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