John Kass, Tribune writer, doesn't like what he calls "little bikers," though he says "he likes their little outfits, with the little helmets." He thinks bikers are a pain in the arse, which is why he's so condescending toward them.
No doubt, we've all seen them. Bike riders who think they own the damn road…and the sidewalks. Blowing through stop signs as though such traffic control devices didn't apply to them, zipping between slow moving automobiles, and taking to the sidewalks to terrorize pedestrians with their recklessness, bicyclists can be idiots.
I bike all the time, avoiding automobiles whenever possible, either as driver or passenger. Last Saturday, biking over to Five Guys* for a burger, I witnessed several bikers doing things no sane person would do. One guy went right through a stop sign without even bothering to look both ways – crazy.
And I also saw a lot of cars blowing through stop signs, moving around other cars in a reckless fashion, and moving through pedestrian crosswalks oblivious to the safety of walkers.
Leading me to conclude that given the normal distribution of intelligence in the human race, there's probably an equal number of bicyclists and motorists who could be, clinically considered, idiots. The only difference is that those driving cars are capable of doing much greater damage to themselves and others.
So the next time you feel you need to come out swinging at "little bicyclists," please remember that the greater danger, by a considerable margin, are big motorists.
*Obligatory food reference.
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