Another gem has been brought to my attention today via Copenhagenize. Today is it the site Road ‘Justice’ a Canadian site which is almost a parody of the type of motorist we all encounter from time to time, the type of motorist who is often pandered to by foolish politicians such as Philip Hammond and by articles written in the Carnival of Indignant Windy Bell-Ends. Rather than just write about it here, I decided to write to the site owner and congratulate them for their painfully accurate lampooning of this particular viewpoint:
This site is a brilliant, painfully spot on parody of the sort indignant and self-righteous motorist we have all encountered from time to time. I love the standard clichés about "More bicycle trails and fewer bicycle lanes," which this kind of ill-informed motor-centric person often spouts. I mean it is obvious that these "cycle trails" will either never be built or will not serve any useful transportation need if they are. I also love the standard line about how bike lanes are "taking away road space from motor vehicles," as if motorised vehicles have exclusive rights to the road. It is depressing how many people believe this is the case, isn’t it? I also love the standard fallacy that increasing road capacity will reduce congestion. Sadly we have politicians who end up implementing doomed road widening and traffic flow "improvements," which inevitably just lead to a greater volume of congestion. I mean, nowadays we know that by reducing the capacity for private motor traffic in dense urban areas we can decrease congestion, as it makes more realistic, ethical options such as walking, cycling and public transport become viable, right?
Very clever to cash in on the anti-ethical, anti-environmental sentiment which often runs through the minds of the right-wing, self-centred motorist you parody here. Some people seem to really resent that others may have made a transport choice which is better for everyone, in a multitude of ways, almost to the point of seeing it as a personal attack on them and their lifestyle choice.
The whole helmet thing is pure gold too, after all most careless drivers don’t believe that they should have any duty of care to not kill people when driving their fast, dangerous, heavy vehicles around inappropriate, dense urban locations. They often believe it is the cyclists’ duty to be as defensive as possible, making every concession to their wholly inappropriate choice of city transport. The captions of the photographs capture this ignorant sentiment perfectly.
You seem to have the whole angry, self-important, militant and simple-minded motorists’ viewpoint satirised here very well. I can’t help but worry that some people might take the site at face value, maybe you should be even less subtle in your clever lampooning of this viewpoint.
I wonder if I will get a reply…