Here is the best idea of the week.
Police should have a monetary incentive to ticket bikers. Some reason for them to give a ticket to every bike they see cutting across the street without a signal, riding without lights, going the wrong way on the street or running a stop sign.
Here is how you do it.
Anyone over 18 on a bike who commits a road violation has to pay double the fine. That extra money goes directly to a 50/50 split. Half to the city and half directly to the police department for increased Police patrols. Now that would be awesome. If the police made more money and could use that money to write more tickets what a great day it would be.
Lazy ass bikers (AKA MOST OF THEM) would soon be taking Tri-met, Max or walking.
I love the idea that everyone attacks my poor command of the English Language but no one challenged me on my number of bikers with lights on going over the bridge? Wow I wonder why people who tell me that bikers breaking the law is a myth don't want to take up that challenge? Do they really think more bikers would have lights? I still say cars will beat them hands down.
Interesting emails this week. Getting called all sorts of names and one threat. Sorry I had to come to your country and take your jobs. Maybe if you were not showing up late for work because you are on a bike I would not be doing your job.
The real point is many of these idiotic detractors just what to jibber jabber. None of them have any real points.
Two Emails I get the most.
1. Your kind of talk is not going to open a dialog
2. the Die Bitch Die
Some times it's in the same email.
My problem is how can you start a dialog with a side that believe that they alone are going to save the world and you are on the side of killing the world with gas cars.
Where is the middle ground? where could you start there?
How can you start a dialog with people who excuse every violation by stupid bikers with what amounts to nothing more then an updated version of "he who smelt it, dealt it?" (Thanks to my wonderful boy friend for that one.
Just like "he who smelt it dealt it" they are trying to excuse their many transgression by pointing back at those who challenge them and saying "look you did it" or "It's your fault"
You cannot have a dialog with that person at all. Cannot be done.
Some take offense to my use of Bikenazi. I think it's great, I love it. Sure I come from a nation that fought with the Axis so I know a little bit about Nazi's. I also lived in a country where Bikes are every place (Holland) My Dutch friends came to visit last Christmas and we drove around town. They thought Portland bikers were awful based on what they saw. Prompting one of my favorite lines "Don't they know they could die?" All I could do was shake my head.
When the Dutch are on your case about your biking you are low on the food chain.
While in Holland I can only remember maybe three times in two years having an issue with a bike I thought was risky or dangerous. I get that in a month in Portland.
It is the arrogance of Portland bikers that makes them believe that Right of Way is more important then surviving.
It is the apologist for anything Bikers do wrong.
It is those that believe that biking is a crusade to save the world and that all who oppose them are morally wrong. (Sort of like a religious war lead by ST. Trek)
It is those that respond to any criticism with a counter attack to justify their breaking the law in great numbers.
The above people are those that scream for "dialog" and "Compromise" and "Lets talk this out"
These are just gifted children who need to be spanked and put to bed...(not in a good way)
They fear any voice that challenges the orthodoxy of their religious belief in bikes as the holy savior of human kind.
This week I will bike to work and keep track of all the bad biking I see.
I hope you all survive the next week, If you get hit, oh well you have it coming. Keep an eye out for red bikes.