I stumbled upon this today: http://www.statenews.com/index.php/article/2009/04/bicyclists_need_to_stay_on_sidewalk
Warning, if you read it, you might be just as frightened, offended, disgusted as I was.
If this guy is trying to get a rise out of the cycling community, kudos, but really, is this necessary?
Here is my response, that I emailed directly to Zack Colman. firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m sure your inbox is flooded by now with irate people across the country, as it very well should be. As such, I don’t expect you to read this for a while, if ever. However, if you do happen to come across this email here are few points I’d like you to consider.
What you wrote was outrageously ignorant and offensive. I am a cyclist, a triathlete, a driver (in a car, yes) and finally a human being. You have reduced anyone who chooses to ride a bicycle to nothing more than a worthless nuisance, an inconvenience in your commute. You should be thankful that you are fortunate to have access to a car. There are plenty of people in this country who can’t afford this luxury and can only get around by public transportation. Others are still fortunate to have a bicycle.
I am also from San Francisco, where bikes belong in the road. You can read the following for more information on why sidewalks are for pedestrians only: http://www.sfbike.org/?sidewalks. It is also common to see large white bicycles painted in the middle of a traffic lane, indicating that bikes have full right to using the lane and that cars must share the lane with cyclists. You should read this for reference: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/uploadedfiles/dpt/bike/Safety/Chapter 10_Bicycles Allowed Use of Full Lane.pdf
Before you write on such a topic, do your research. Before you threaten to run over and murder innocent people, know what you are talking about. David Zabriskie, one of America’s finest cyclists has started an organization to educate people such as yourself. It is called, Yield to Life. The organization’s mission is simple: Yield to Life will engage in a vigorous awareness campaign to promote positive attitudes toward cyclists and replace any hostility that exists between motorists and cyclists with understanding, respect, and appreciation for all life on the road. Safety for every cyclist is the top priority of Yield to Life.
You are entitled to your opinion. However, when your opinion is voiced across the country, suggesting harm upon myself and others, I have to object. This is unacceptable. MSU should be ashamed of you and your role as not only the Opinion Writer, but as a student.