It’s now 11.00 p.m. on 5th October, and Vancouver City Council is still debating what should be a no-brainer – giving Vancouver cyclists ONE SAFE NORTH-SOUTH BIKE LANE. The Vancouver Sun seems to think it will be decided tonight, and that the right decision will be made; although some think the plan may be amended to appease all the nay-sayers (those earnest citizens who would rather leave cyclists’ lives in danger, than lose a few parking spots).
In any event, on this day Jeff Lee has posted a story about his run-in with what he calls a “cyclist.” An apparently deranged person on a bicycle (with a gas motor) behaved in an utterly despicable way towards Jeff, and even spat on his wife, while they were in their car on Kingsway. When Jeff went after the man, he threatened Jeff with his bicycle. This must have been a truly horrible experience, and both Jeff and his wife have my sincere sympathies.
However, it does NOT follow from this incident that my life should continue to be in danger when I cycle in downtown Vancouver; nor should my wife’s life be in danger there; nor should my children’s lives be in danger; nor should your life be in danger on Hornby.
This was one deranged individual who happened to be on a kind of bicycle – his behaviour does not represent my behaviour, or your behaviour.
Of course, there is no shortage of commentators on Jeff’s “Civic Lee Speaking” blog extrapolating from this lone deranged person to all cyclists. You might want to go there and remind them that not all cyclists are deranged social misfits.
I already did.