Are All Motorists Responsible for Drag Racing?

Note that this is a rhetorical question. I’d never blame the many for the actions of the few. In fact, many would find this question to be biased and insulted.

Those many would be right.

“Illegal street racing continues to advance in popularity, especially among young male adults. Nationally and internationally, illegal street racing is claiming hundreds of lives and injuring thousands annually.”

These events did not have any police involvement. They were done solely for the enjoyment of those involved.

As a result, did the motor vehicle industry get a black eye? Were the newspaper editorials threatening the lives of random soccer moms who “took their life into their own hands” by motoring?

No, no, no.

Did the motoring community, as a whole come out against drag racing? Were random motorists asked about NASCAR? Did the motoring community set up special voluntary classes, in addition to driver’s ed, which are voluntary to teach lawful motoring?

No, no, no.

The motoring community was largely silent about this. I didn’t get any personal apologies for this nor did any motorist dissociate herself from this rabble. Nor were they forced to defend their mode of transportation against critics.

No newspapers called for the government banning or cracking down on legal motorists in retaliation for drag racing.

This shows a clear bias against cycling.

Search and replace, above with critical mass and look at the media response to it.

One might argue that this is because cycling is “impractical” but it depends upon what you want to practice.

I don’t have a time machine, but I argue had the government, over the last few decades, spent .6 trillion USD on cycling, we would not have to contend with knuckle heads in the media.

Note, that drag racing kills HUNDREDS. This is from a pro-racing site. How many people did CM kill?

So let’s be polite. Let’s not break any laws. But let’s keep our responses in proportion to the damage that they do.


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