Today’s Headlines

  • Denver Can’t Rest on Laurels If It’s to Compete With More Walkable Cities (Denverite)
  • Restaurants Build Huge Garage to Relieve “Parking Woes” on Walkable South Pearl Street (DBJ)
  • DBJ Wistfully Recollects E-470’s Beginning, Cheers Imminent $90 Million Widening
  • Westminster Police Shoot Driver Who Ran Over Officer (9News)
  • DenPo Readers Lecture Bike Riders on Obeying Laws Made for Cars
  • Repairs to Track Crossing Delay A-Line Again (9News)

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  • harrylowe

    Respectfully,

    I really want to like this website and I consider myself a proponent of urbanism, but the way you frame issues is annoyingly biased. For example, the DP piece you describe as “lecturing” consists of two letters to the editor. One of the letters is written by a self-described cyclist who brings up good points about obeying traffic laws. Calling his letter “lecturing” is dismissive and lazy.

    You also say that these traffic laws were “made for cars”. Irrelevant. Cyclists are required to (and can) follow traffic laws, regardless of whom they were originally designed for.

    I see headlines like this every time I visit this site and I can’t help but think it is hurting your readership.

    • mckillio

      I agree with your first paragraph, could not disagree more with your second. It’s completely relevant, as bikes and cars have almost nothing in common and there are already laws that treat bicycles differently than cars and they’re there to make things easier on cars for the most part.

    • MT

      I believe it is very relevant that traffic laws were “made for cars.” I feel in many cases, this included, we focus much too strongly on the letter of the law and not the spirit. Traffic laws exist because cars are dangerous and require regulation to combat that danger. Without the danger posed by cars, there would be no such laws applied to bikes or pedestrians. “Jaywalking” would never have been considered a crime, for example.

      The point of discussing these laws, and why they exist, is so we can understand how and when to make changes to them that will improve the well being of our city and it’s people.

      • harrylowe

        Wanting the law to be changed is well and good. Petition for that. In the meantime, you’re required to follow the law, even those you disagree with. I don’t want to get run over by a bike or a car.

        • MT

          Drivers are “required” to follow the law as well, but they don’t. They killed 38,000 people in this country last year. If we’re going to lecture anyone, I’d start there.

  • Walter Crunch

    Car laws are for cars. They have also been twisted to harass cyclists and furthermire5, become tools to impact minority groups.

  • Little Big City

    Yes, Streetsblog is biased. I don’t think it claims to be otherwise. In a car-centered society where “car-accident” and “jaywalking” are biased yet accepted terms, who is or is not biased becomes the pot calling the kettle black. We have to choose the sort of cities we want to live in. Do we want to live in cities where everyone feels safe regardless of whether they are or are not in an automobile, where citizens are actively engaged with their environment and those around them? Or, like the cities we currently have, do we want to cede safety, money, and the city itself to the ‘luxury’ of the automobile. Yes, it’s biased, and while I may not always agree with the minutiae, I agree with the goal of creating walkable (and bike-able) cities not only in Denver but across the nation.

  • Little Big City

    I studied in Cologne, Germany, and the they have an entirely different mentality when it comes to bicycles — that frankly I would like to see cities in the US adopt. Bicyclists are, in the grand scale, more closely related to pedestrians than cars. “Bike lanes”, which in Cologne exist on nearly every major and secondary road, are not so much roads as cycle tracks or sidewalks differentiated from those for pedestrians by a uniform pink cement. All bicycles are required to have a bell to warn pedestrians who may stray into these bike paths, though collisions are much less dangerous, and traffic signals for bicycles are nearly equivalent to those for pedestrians. This may work better in part due to a culture in where, even in the largest cities, all cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists wait for the signal, but nevertheless it promotes biking by creating a safer environment for all.

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