Telling our story (part 2)
Motorists who harass cyclists, by honking, yelling at us, or buzzing us have no excuse. They don't even have the lousy excuse that we hold them up, because we don't. Motorists who harass cyclists do it because they can. They have a steel cage to protect them from the consequences of their behaviour, and an engine to run away. Other people suffer the consequences; often the most vulnerable of road users. To see an example of this, take a look at the accompanying video.
Let me put this plainly. If motorists, editorial writers, and others want to condemn cyclists who break the rules, they have a reciprocal obligation to come down on motorists to harass law-abiding cyclists. That means you, Globe writers who wrote that cyclists should "know our place". It means you, Star editors who devoted three stories to a cyclist who hit an elderly pedestrian in a fatal accident. It means you don't condone motorists who harass cyclist trying to follow the laws and cycle safely. It means you don't stay silent, either in person when they brag about how clever honking and yelling something unintelligible from inside a two-tonne steel cage makes them. It means you don't stay silent in print when you have an opportunity to promote safer roads.