Cyclists are ruining Kansas City
Recently, one of this town's better bicycling blogs (oxymoron?) reported that Kansas City ranks dead last in bike commuting. Of course, this isn't really important but KC's cycling advocates (read: wealthy, liberal white people) would have you believe that this non-issue actually merits your interest.
Really, local cyclists should simply be glad they're breathing and continue to anxiously concentrate on the road rather than continue being a very vocal group on the political lobbying front. Also, isn't this town too cold to have any serious regard for cycling as a mode of transportation? That's an honest question and a bunch of cyclists practicality skiing down the road in February while complaining that nobody respects their rights isn't the answer I would prefer.
Anyway, I guess the thing about local cyclists that clearly demonstrates they're one of the most dangerous and irresponsible contingents in Kansas City is their complete disregard for any other issue that faces this town.
Kansas City's cyclists would have you believe that just because they're biting the dust (er, windshield) in record numbers, that's a problem on par with the homicide rate on the Eastside . . . KC cyclists contend that they care about this town's infrastructure even if all they really want are deluxe, luxury and EXPENSIVE biking lanes for their hobby. These folks claim to advocate for cyclists and pedestrians but their cadre is mainly made up of folks who deliberately scorn better forms of transportation as one of many horrible lifestyle choices.
Here's a recent list of their demands:
It's interesting to note a slight tone of dissatisfaction with the current Mayor but it's also clear that these people must be stopped. Giving into any of these demands would undoubtedly lead to endorsing the rest of their dangerous agenda (i.e. Hillary Clinton). Somehow, comparisons to Hitler at Munich don't seem all together out of line.
For the first time we have a mayor and city council who claim to be bike friendly, although they still have to show us some tangible proof of this new attitude. It is very encouraging that the city has just hired our first full-time bicycle and pedestrian coordinator to oversee all of the city’s bike/ped programs and facilitate some forward motion. The city’s new climate protection plan includes goals to increase the rate of bicycling. A new law to require bicycle parking at most businesses, schools, apartments, etc is in the works and hopefully due to arrive later this year.
Therefore, it's imperative that both SUV drivers and poorer (scum) bus riders and walkers, who might resent these folks slumming on KC streets, unite in order to take so-called "transportation issues" out of the hands of these extremists. It's past time to secure our roads from the bicycling hordes who have no respect for our way of life and don't contribute anything tangible to our society. The future of Kansas city depends on it.