Friday, April 26, 2013

Texas mayor: Cyclists endanger motorists



A Texas mayor, Bill Krawietz, yesterday penned a newspaper opinion column claiming that cyclists endanger motorists. Did he trying using stereotypical “arguments” such as claiming that all cyclists run red lights and bike against traffic? Nope, his argument was that cyclists strictly following the law are a menace. In fact, it was the mayor who broke not one but two laws.

Not only did he admit to breaking the law, but he then threatens to use his position of authority to harass cyclists. 
I was sitting in the parking lot of the post office April 15 when suddenly there was a loud and abrupt knock on my truck window. It turns out that a couple of cyclists did not like me passing them between Luke's Chevron and Bulverde Hills Drive.
Traffic was quite heavy at the time. School had just let out, there was a scramble to get income tax checks mailed and the evening rush was beginning. My patience was already worn thin and being stuck behind a couple of slow-moving cyclists riding side-by-side did not help.
So I gave a brief tap on the horn. The cyclists changed formation to single file. Then a break in traffic gave me the opportunity to accelerate and pass on a stretch of road that has a double-yellow center stripe which you can't cross.
Column

The two laws he broke were using a horn in a non-emergency situation, and crossing a double-yellow line to pass. He also later admits to “unleashing on the pair”  - something that sounds like a case  of road rage.

He ends his column with a thinly veiled threat

The last thing we want to do is to start ramping up citations for the littlest infractions to get you to notice.

The mayor is from the town of Bulverde, a suburb of San Antonio. It is unacceptable that any public official would take to a newspaper to argue against legal behavior while describing his own scofflaw activities. However, it’s extremely unlikely his actions will be questioned by those in positions above him.
Sadly, his attitude is common in the area north of Fresno, were cyclists must share narrow and winding foothill roads with motorists. Last year, one cyclist, which happened to be a sheriff deputy, was shot in the back for having the audacity to ride. Hopefully that behavior does not become more common now that the mayor has displayed his opinion on the matter.

1 comment:

  1. This is really outrageous, and I'm sorry to hear it. Thanks for reporting on this.

    My partner and I just went through an incident like this in downtown Providence, RI, but we managed to draw witness attention by yelling "Stop! You Can't Do That!" and then got the driver's plate #. He had actually tried to run me clear off the road, and then left the scene of the crime after we told him we were calling the police--by nudging past me with his car, since I was trying to obstruct him leaving the incident.

    It's frustrating. Keep the faith, and we'll see some change soon.

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