I spotted this a few weeks ago in the online edition of the Seattle Times… a FANTASTIC essay called “Hell on Wheels: Is there no end to the stream of traffic insults?” by Bob Young about the clash between road users (bikes, cars and pedestrians). While the essay isn’t specific to bikes and focuses on the conflicts in Seattle, many of the themes contained within will be familiar to anyone who walks or rides a bike around their cities.
EVERYONE’S GIVING me the finger.
Driving or walking, doesn’t seem to matter. Men and women, they’re both putting the “ass” back in passive-aggressive.
The collective rise in blood pressure plays out in all kinds of ways: A neurosurgeon clubs another driver with a metal thermos; the head of the Cascade Bicycle Club gets fired, in part, for not leashing his bulldog lobbyist; one of my editors stalks a guy who cut her off and hectors him in a grocery store.
Even though traffic levels are generally down because of the recession, our streets feel meaner. Faster-paced lifestyles, angst about the economy, more distractions, less civility, a glut of downtown paving projects — it all adds up to more bile for many of us.
Take a look at the full essay by clicking here.