Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
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Well, Bike to Work Week (or month in some cities) is designed to get stories like this on the air and in the papers. Unfortunately, the lazy boilerplate journalism that results is trite and predictable -- and concludes falsely that bike commuting is dangerous and unpleasant. There were dozens of stories just like this one all over the country:
Unprepared and stupid reporter tries bike commute for one day, usually doesn't like it, fails miserably, harbors resentment for the editor or producer who assigned her to the lame story, and displaces that anger to the murderous buses and the narrow streets. The bicycle "experiment" is deemed a failure, and NPR (or whoever) lays the issue to rest until next year.
Meanwhile, the real story is never reported. Millions of us bike-commute every day--happily and successfully. Even in Washington of the "murderous buses", as gwd pointed out.