A Tale of Two Intersections

This post is mainly due to fallout of a recent battle that my princess has been fighting.

Long time readers might know that she, and every other transportation advocate who was born after the Led Zepplin broke up, has to battle idiotic killjoys. Yes, we’re back to talking about our good neighbors, the Quislings, the motorists in lycra. šŸ™‚

Anyway, the current hubub is about whether the prophet has proven once and forever that playing in traffic is safer than cycling in a place that was, well, designed, by experts, for cycling.

Since he likes to call everyone else who disagrees with him “unscientific”, let’s perform a real world, empirical study to see how well this dogma holds water.

Let’s call it the Intersection Cage Fight!

In one corner, we have 54th and Univeristy in San Diego, the biggest, baddest intersection in the city. If all the intersections in the city were in the same movie, 54th would be the killer as it has the highest body count.

Recently, we were told, however, that the number of deaths were not important, but rather what mattered was our particular fear of the intersection. This kind of talk reminds me of John Kreese, leader of Cobra Kai in the Karate Kid.

I guess someone has to stand up for the bad guys. šŸ™‚

The good one of this match is, well, pick
any single intersection in Portland Oregan.

That is because there were zero fatalities last year.

A scientific and facts based approach would be to ask what they did right and what they did wrong.

A stupid and egotistical approach would be to assert that we are so radically different of a civization that nothing there applies here, and anyway, the number of deaths is OK as long as we can cling to our outdated belief system.

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2 Responses to “A Tale of Two Intersections”

  1. Aaron Garland Says:

    I like your commentary. I tuned out from the fight a while back. I got tired of reading rubbish.

    • Fred Says:

      I felt that way, too, but I think we need to wade through the rubbish. Like they say, give em enough rope then some more just to be sure. šŸ™‚

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