Sunday, October 26 2014 @ 01:38 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
LAB's response here: <a href="http://bikeleague.org/content/schill-case-what-now
B' Spokes: Let's say there are a range of responses we could expect expect from LAB, I am fully sympathetic as to why LAB has not cranked it up to 11 on this case but zero support? OK maybe one on the scale, as they did do a nice blog post on riding with Schill. But still we have all faced harassment from motorist and there are too many police officers who seem to think the cyclist is always at fault no mater what. The attitudes behind this case are universal and should be addressed.
If gun safety was like bicycle safety, it would be illegal to stand in front of a gun.
What is needed is a change of attitudes, a public relation campaign if you would. It is not right that the fastest mode of travel has the unspoken "right" not to be delayed in the slightest even though they could easily make up that delay but slower modes of transportation should not mind going even slower. Half hour or loner detours, no problem since they were going slow to begin with. :/
Next can you imagine the Climate Change folks saying, "Climate Change right now only adversely affects polar bears so there is no national concern and we will take no action." Or the Anti-Fracking groups going "Fracking only has a local effect so there is no national concern so we will take no action." So why are we allowing LAB to basically say the same thing? This is not so much about winning a court case which will have very little impact on all of us no mater which way it goes but about changing societies thoughts about cars and bicycle riders. Cars won the world over in the 1960's and we are seeing all the collateral damage their preponderance has done. We need a national organization to help reverse this trend and not keep on ignoring it every time it crops up!
Even if they looked at as a found opportunity for example if they did something like "Join now and we'll contribute $5 to Schill's defense fund." That would have been a heck of a lot better than never mentioning she needed help raising money to defend our rights to the road. I am trying to say there are lots of opportunities for LAB to do more than what it is currently doing, LAB trying to defend their actions is too much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving just recommending a good doctor after you got ran over by a drunk driver but refusing to do more because of no national concern.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi