AAA says "share the road"
AAA Mid-Atlantic must not have gotten the memo: bicycles aren't a scourge to oppose at all costs.
May is National Bike Month, and the national organization put out a press release urging drivers to respect bicyclists. "AAA appreciates the continued efforts of stakeholders and transportation officials towards making roads safer for motorists and cyclists alike."
That's welcome, because many residents don't feel similarly.
Michael Dresser, the Baltimore Sun traffic columnist, had to dress(er) down some readers who wrote to complain about "Lance Armstrong wannabes" and "packs of city dwellers" using "their" roads.
"Cry me a river," Dresser wrote. "[Bicyclists] do not impede traffic; they are an integral part of traffic. It has been thus since the dawn of the auto age." He also refutes the argument that cyclist don't pay taxes and (ironically, the letter writer who brought that up said cyclists should "have no more special privileges than pedestrians." Does this driver also think that every pedestrian should jump out of a crosswalk if he's approaching?
Despite AAA's pro-share-the-road stance and even the attempts by some of its local clubs to woo cyclists, AAA Mid-Atlantic remains one of the nastiest and most anti-everyone-not-driving groups.
Reacting to news that DDOT is building the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes, AAA immediately got some knee-jerk, incendiary quotes into the hands of most local reporters, which they dutifully reprinted into relatively or fully unquestioning articles. Have these guys ever said anything nice about cyclists?
[Continue reading David Alpert's post from Greater Greater Washington here].
David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.
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| May 4, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
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