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Old 05-22-24, 03:29 PM
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Urban Cyclists Against Stopping

Interview with the Head of U.C.A.S. (Urban Cyclists Against Stopping)
Extract:
Let’s begin with an explanation of who you are.

Sure thing. I’m the head of an organization called Urban Cyclists Against Stopping, or U.C.A.S. We maintain that it is the unalienable right of every New York City cyclist, in the course of riding from point A to point B, not to stop.

But what if you’re up against a red light? Will you stop?

No.

What if a pedestrian has the right of way? Will you stop?

No.

What if a small child, clutching her caregiver’s hand, is directly in your path? Will you stop?

No.

What if a leashed dog is stepping off the curb slightly ahead of its owner as the “Don’t Walk” signal flashes? Will you stop?

No.

That could take a toe off the dog!

Dogs have an unnecessary outer toe on each foot. It’s known as a dewclaw. It’s vestigial. Rover won’t miss it.

What if you’re pedaling northbound, and just as your traffic signal is turning from red to green an eastbound elderly woman pushing a wire shopping cart hasn’t quite made it to the sidewalk? Will you stop?

No.

You won’t cut her any slack?

No. If I hit her, that’s on her. You chose to shop while old, lady. I’m a cyclist. I can’t stop.
See article for full interview. Sure to get some lycra all bunched up.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
Interview with the Head of U.C.A.S. (Urban Cyclists Against Stopping)
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See article for full interview. Sure to get some Lycra all bunched up.
Nice try. Satirical article in the New Yorker, which was founded as a humor magazine nearly 100 years ago.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
Nice try. Satirical article in the New Yorker, which was founded as a humor magazine nearly 100 years ago.
Satire? I am shocked, shocked to learn that.
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My Lycra remains un-bunched. Sorry.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
Satire? I am shocked, shocked to learn that.
The first issues of the New Yorker, which was pitched to potential advertisers as a surefire vehicle for capturing the attention of Manhattan sophisticates, contained embarrassingly juvenile humor. I believe their major competitor was Judge, where future New Yorker contributor S.J. Perelman was a cartoonist and sometime writer. (Typical Perelman cartoon caption: "I have Bright's disease and he has mine!")
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I will definitely avoid the old lady with the wire shopping basket for the same reason motorists don't run me over when I'm "in their way". It will further delay my progress waiting for the police. And I'm likely to get injured as well.
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That was laid on so thick in the o.p. that I am insulted to see it posted here as potential rage bait. Actually insulted. Are things that slow around here?
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
The first issues of the New Yorker, which was pitched to potential advertisers as a surefire vehicle for capturing the attention of Manhattan sophisticates, contained embarrassingly juvenile humor. I believe their major competitor was Judge, where future New Yorker contributor S.J. Perelman was a cartoonist and sometime writer. (Typical Perelman cartoon caption: "I have Bright's disease and he has mine!")
In my youth I read every word SJP ever published, including his letters, many of them multiple times. Now, approaching my second childhood, I may have to start again.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
In my youth I read every word SJP ever published, including his letters, many of them multiple times. Now, approaching my second childhood, I may have to start again.
If you don't already own it, look for the posthumously published "That Old Gang O' Mine," a collection of his work from before his New Yorker days. In addition to his writing, it includes many of his cartoons and illustrations.

Decades ago, before the Simpsons hit the airwaves, Matt Groening was a cartoonist whose work appeared in free alternative papers around the country. My then-girlfriend noticed a bookcase drawn in the background in one of his pieces (not his "The Angriest Dog in the World" series; the other one) in the Baltimore City Paper and remarked, "Hey, looks like he has all the same books as you."

Those would have included Perelman, Thurber, Woodhouse, Stephen Potter ("The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship"), etc.

And Ring Lardner, of course. Criminally all but forgotten.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
If you don't already own it, look for the posthumously published "That Old Gang O' Mine," a collection of his work from before his New Yorker days. In addition to his writing, it includes many of his cartoons and illustrations.

Decades ago, before the Simpsons hit the airwaves, Matt Groening was a cartoonist whose work appeared in free alternative papers around the country. My then-girlfriend noticed a bookcase drawn in the background in one of his pieces (not his "The Angriest Dog in the World" series; the other one) in the Baltimore City Paper and remarked, "Hey, looks like he has all the same books as you."

Those would have included Perelman, Thurber, Woodhouse, Stephen Potter ("The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship"), etc.

And Ring Lardner, of course. Criminally all but forgotten.
I probably still have it somewhere. I think my mom gave it to me when I was in high school. She introduced me and my brothers to Perelman, Wodehouse, Thurber, the Marx Brothers, and many other 20th century cultural essentials. Groening is good, but too modern for me.
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I'm a huge proponent of following the rules of the road, but this does look fun as hell



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Originally Posted by work4bike
I'm a huge proponent of following the rules of the road, but this does look fun as hell
it is fun in fact it's funnier than anything that you can do under your own power but but but there are huge downsides
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The important thing to do is while you are running into the old lady you swing your spiked mace at her while shouting obscenities.

Seriously folks Foo goes in FOO!
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
The important thing to do is while you are running into the old lady you swing your spiked mace at her while shouting obscenities.

Seriously folks Foo goes in FOO!
Yeah!

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Never got past "unalienable."
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The beauty of good satire is that is shows reality without preaching. That's it's close to believable is icing on the cake.

It's plausible because the reality is because we've all met cyclists who act entitled, along with a bit of a sense of moral superiority. Unfortunately, the bigger truth is that this kind of attitude is becoming more prevalent throughout society.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
Never got past "unalienable."
Thats inderstandable.
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In the bike-lane-free 1990s, I used to ride through New York City as if my life depended on it. But with all the bike lanes these days, and my more "mature" perspective, I'm much more measured.

That said, I'll stop riding through red lights with clear intersections when New Yorkers and doe-eyed tourists start obeying the "Don't Walk" signs.
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I suspect New Yorkers see the humor in the article, but it might not resonate with others.
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I suspect New Yorkers see the humor in the article, but it might not resonate with others.
Are you implying that New Yorkers are the only ones with a sense of humor, or able to appreciate a good ribbing?
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Are you implying that New Yorkers are the only ones with a sense of humor, or able to appreciate a good ribbing?
Satire is generally only funny if you're familiar with the subject or behavior that is being satirized which, in this case, is the attitude of New York cyclists.
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