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The Weirding Way
(17 Aug 2007)

A while back, I published this comic about bicyclers on the sidewalk in the Whatcom Independent. Deb, the receptionist of the Indy, and a few other people took real exception to the comic, feeling that I was unfairly attacking bicyclists in general, saying that they're all jerks or something. Part of this is that I published that comic in conjunction with Bike to Work day.

Well... The whole reason for that comic is that I saw it happen. Downtown Bellingham has these signs painted on every street corner indicating that it is illegal to ride your bicycle on the sidewalk. People do it anyway. And I saw a bicyclist flip off a pedestrian who was in his way. Just prior to that comic and for a month afterward, it was Spring, I saw three or four sidewalk bicyclists a week. They've tapered off now for some reason, but last night as I was leaving work a couple of bicyclists whipped past me at street speed passing within two feet of me, from behind.

Without thinking, I shouted at them, "Get off the sidewalk!"

And sheepishly, without looking at me, they both dutifully got off their bicycles and started walking them. They didn't strictly obey me, but so what? They fixed the situation.

I almost felt like a cranky old man, then, but I felt too good about it to care. My voice has power!

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