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#30DaysOfComics 14. Punishing Politicians and Pundits for Pedestrian Put-Downs

Posted in Comics by Emily on January 22, 2014





I originally thought of making this comic specific to public figures who had said particularly awful things recently (like the mayor who would have winter cyclists arrested, or the NYPD’s victim-blamey and straight-up inaccurate collision stats). Then I realized that would mean citing sources and finding photos of all these people. So, here are some made-up people and quotes!

For those of y’all who don’t spend way too much of your day reading about this stuff, here are a couple pieces off the top of my head that sum up how misguided a lot of law/culture/urban design is towards non-drivers:
Streetsblog: Bratton’s Pedestrian Ticket Blitz Won’t Save Lives
Carfree With Kids: Sometimes pedestrians do stupid things for a reason
City Paper: There Is No War On Cars

That’s everything but the futuristic cyclo-tubes. Seems like every few months some designer mocks up a grand vision of a future where bikes and cars are separated by some kind of multi-level elevated express bikeways. I’m all for trails and greenways and protected lanes, but those grand designs are not about to justify their costs or solve an actual problem that exists. [Update: apparently while I was drawing this, Copenhagenize posted a nice lil screed about the latest incarnation of shiny new bike infrastructure] And every time I see them I think about how uncomfortable I’d be riding, say, at a not-too-trafficky time of day on a limited-access elevated bikeway, knowing that if an aggressive or creepy rider appeared behind me I’d have no immediate way out. Thus, folks who suggest those get pursued by creepy clowns (I know, redundant).

Welp, that was a lot of text for what was supposed to be a quickie comic! Hope y’all got some schadenfreude out of this.

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  1. segmation said, on January 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Love your blog. Yes, lets penalize these people! Love your illustrations!

  2. ashokbhatia said, on January 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Have just discovered the power of having illustrations. You may like to check this one out:

  3. kymlucas said, on January 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Enjoyed this. Thanks.

  4. joeschmoe2000 said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    thanks for sharing. like the illustrations.

  5. allthoughtswork said, on January 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Portland, OR, seems to be cycling Nirvana. It’s also the epicenter of a 9.4-Richter-Scale-level catastrophe of cyclist asshattery. We have ’em all, here:

    –The neon Spandex parades of weekend warriors riding six across on a curvy two-way street for twenty-two miles.

    –The constant flow of self-important Cannondale-mounted morons who breeze right through traffic signals without stopping, yet complain loudly that they are due the same respect as cars because they have to follow the same rules of the road,

    –The idiots who give you the finger when they think your headlights are too bright but direct the pulsing, epilepsy-inducing halogen death-beams mounted to their handlebars straight at your corneas.

    –The delightful clots of cyclist’s families with their little bicyclists-in-training completely blocking the bike trail on a nice weekend who are very obviously not instructing their offspring in what “On your left!” means.

    –The jockstraps who bitch about allowing dogs into certain restaurants and business establishments but arrogantly haul around their front tires dripping with mud through the entire premises. (Bonus: when these same guys complain about how bad dogs and homeless people smell. Really, buddy? Sniffed your own pits, lately?)

    –The geniuses who drift out into the right lane, causing dangerous back ups on thoroughfares during rush hour because, and I quote, “The bike lane hasn’t been properly maintained and could cause someone to have an accident.”

    –And my personal favorite, the asshats who declare that America’s poverty, obesity, and Prozac problem would be magically solved if we just gave everybody a 10-speed. Right. That’s the kind of well-informed insight that comes to you from the same minds who brought you, “The poor are just lazy,”, “the overweight are just lazy,” and “the depressed are just lazy.”

    Yeah, we loooove the cyclists here.

  6. awax1217 said, on January 30, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Great insight. We have bike paths here and they are so rarely used that it is a waste. I believe in exercise and biking should be used. More should be done by the schools to bring this about. A bike-a-ton would be a great idea.

  7. Zainal Arifin said, on January 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Reblogged this on Zainal Arifin.

  8. Emily said, on January 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

    thanks for the comments, y’all, glad you liked it!

  9. jayantadeepa said, on January 30, 2014 at 10:28 am

    What good illustrations. And yes, its not a world for bikers yet, no matter the green favour bikers do. People on petrol/gas are always out to bully you..

  10. kipcx said, on January 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Very creative blog. Loved it! A recent trip into Mexico City revealed the novel use of bikes in the heart of the city. Locals rent public bikes, use them for an hour or so and then can return them to a different part of town, locking them up with the other rental bikes. What a great way to get about tow– and cheap too.

  11. Book Club Mom said, on January 31, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    So glad I saw this – very creative! I especially like the comic about the cyclotubes!

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