Cyclists Unhappy with Post 'Bicycle Bullies' Column Plan 'Protest Ride'

Cyclists plan to converge on the Post with a bike ride at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Cyclists plan a ride to The Washington Post Thursday to protest a column.
Cyclists plan a ride to The Washington Post Thursday to protest a column.
DC-area cyclists are not happy with a Washington Post column by Courtland Milloy published Tuesday, headlined "Bicyclist Bullies Try to Rule the Road in DC."

Milloy starts out his column likening those who pedal to nasty biker gangs: "I have to hand it to the bicyclists in the D.C. area. They’ve got more nerve than an L.A. biker gang. And some can be just as nasty."

With Washington, D.C. drivers contending with what some deem the worst traffic in the nation, Milloy points out that cyclists often make it even worse for those behind the wheel: "Bikers routinely worm their way to the front of a line of cars waiting at a red light. When the light turns green, they’ll poke along at a snail’s pace, holding up traffic while motorists wait for a chance to pass. Then they do the same thing at the next stop light."

Washington Area Bicyclists Association's Shane Farthing shot back a response to the column on Wednesday: 

"Yesterday, The Washington Post published acolumn by Courtland Milloy that attempts to justify the violent assault of bicyclists by motorists, writing: “It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.” The “egregious” behavior Milloy cites is simply slowing his car’s progress between stoplights."

There could be more gridlock on the way: Cyclists plan to converge on the Post with a protest bike ride to the newspaper office's building in downtown DC at 1 p.m. Thursday. 

Grunella parsons July 10, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Grunella parsons July 10, 2014 at 09:30 PM
But aren't bike path nazis a tad over the edge as well? After living in Europe where all ride bikes as a matter of course, despite infirmities and age, it's a dilemma to me to choose between the abject virulence "expressed" to me by bike path nazis versus choosing to risk being hit by the equally frazzled and out of control motorists. Wishing there was more room for less intolerance all around.. I am Gertrude Parsons and I endorse my message.
Chris July 11, 2014 at 08:38 AM
I am so sick of these bike riders. They have no business on roads period. The other day one guy was on his bike during RUSH HOUR and basically blocking and holding up traffic. Right next to him was a bike path but he was too selfish to use it. What really gets me is if one of these type A personality bikers gets hit - it will be the drivers fault - when they have no business riding I their bikes in traffic anyway. Last year I nearly hit a guy who came out of no where as I was exiting my street or get on a main road. Cyclists riding near cars should be against the law.


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