Pity the Middle Ground

More and more, you are hearing whining from the Quisling choir that those of us who want the other 99% to ride bicycles are “dividing the community”.

That’s good because it shows that the realists in the cycling community are starting to have a positive impact.

But why are we so against, “finding common ground with the pro-education, VC point of view?”

This is because the VCers killed the middle ground.


If you understand this simple fact, you can stop reading now.

For those of you who are new here, you must realize that for over 30 years, bicycle advocates have struggled to get more infrastructure and to educate our members of the cycling community.

For these efforts, we have been stabbed in the back again, and again and again.

What does this mean? Look at the bicycle box issue, which raised my consciousness to the fact that the Quislings do not speak for me at the state and national level. Before this issue, I did not realize that there were those who were so insanely against infrastructure that they’d speak out against DATA COLLECTION.

Sorry for the all caps, but I have gotten some really thick commenters lately who seem to scan the articles so I want these key points to be gleaned by all but the most myopic reader.


Then they turn around and say we can’t have infrastructure because we don’t know that it’s safe or not. Then they advocate for useless classes that nobody wants to take and even less people want to teach. By the way, teaching classes is almost at the level of “individual advocacy” which is almost a total waste of time because there’s too many people to educate. How the hell am I supposed to get 2 million San Diegan’s on board 20 or so at a time? These are the ones who I first have to convince to give me money and a weekend.

Also, let’s look at what “dividing the community” will really do.

We have less than 1% of cyclists who ride VC. We have a minimal number of people who ride bicycles at all. Then we have tons of people who are not even allowed to decide NOT to ride because it’s not a choice on their radar. That’s right, to decide NOT to do something, you have to feel like you have a choice to do it. Most people I speak with have all ready decided that cycling in San Diego is too insane to do.

Now if you are in any kind of society and 99% of the people decide what you do is insane, it’s insane. Period.

However, everyone I spoke with–from the weekend mountain biker to the suburban mom who has no plans to cycle ever–thinks that making it safer to cycle in San Diego is a good idea. They think that the best way to do this is to build stuff to make it safer. This view dove tails with all the successful cycling cities in the world and is in agreement with standard engineering practice in the cycling world.

So why don’t we have it?

By now, the astute reader knows.

But get this. Every person I tell about the whole VC nonsense IS AUTOMATICALLY ON MY SIDE!

That’ right, by speaking about our divisions in the cycling community, I am not dividing the community I AM RECRUITING NON-VC VOTERS.

And this is the _real_ reason that the VC people, only, whine about “dividing the community”.

They have cloaked themselves a few years ago and operated in the darkness.

They have told one group one thing, “I’m for _some_ kinds of infrastructure.” Then they turn around and tell the engineers something totally different, “The cycling community is against infrastructure.”

If you don’t believe me then go to meetings, get on local planning boards and speak up in favor of infrastructure.

Watch who has problems with “liability issues”, “safety issues”, “engineering issues”, “enforcement issues”, and those who want to continually make minor tweaks on everything until the funding period is over and the money goes to another community or towards motoring.

These people are not your friends; they are not any cyclists friends.

So let’s get the word out and divide the community as quickly as possible. We’ll take the 99% and they can have their pathetic 1%.*


* Note by “1%” this is merely rhetorical. This should be obvious since “1%” is a very round number and thus should not be taken literally.


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