Thanks to all who read, shared, and commented on yesterday's post on Chicago Now entitled Rahm Dedicates Dearborn Bike Lane to Dozens of "Little Bike People". That was only the beginning of my efforts to refute the lunacy that goes by the name of John Kass.
Today's post parodies his demands to register bikes and license riders by comparing it to the gun control debate
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Banning multi speed, high end, lightweight, composite framed bicycles is not the solution. A deranged bicyclist will always find some means to pedal. The only solution is to make bicycles more publicly accessible to all law abiding citizens so that pedestrians have a fighting chance. Pledge whatever you can to the National Bicycle Association in support of these efforts.
David Barish said:
Police responded to a call of mayhem at a neighborhood intersection this morning. Joe Shibilski was found under his bike. He had run a red light plowing into a group of senior citizens taking their morning constitutional. Witnesses heard Shibilski screaming,"take that mom. You never loved me." as he ran over an elderly woman. Shibilski, after injuring six seniors and killing three others then took his bike to himself. He ran over himself and was found by police with spokes protruding from his chest. Paramedics were unable to stop the bleeding.
Local officials decried this latest evidence of bike violence. Councilman Duffass told members of the press that he will initiate legislation to ban the sale, possession and use of two wheeled vehicles. "How many lives must be lost due to this senseless violence." Local cycling advocates planned to demonstrate by riding with their children. Duffass commented, "They are teaching their kids to ride. What will come of this world?"
Shibilski's family refused comment but an unnamed source said that Shibilski had been riding bikes for years and had quite a collection of them. He was often seen running over squirrils and other varmints in his neighborhood. "We always thought he was a little strange, but hey, he rode a bike. What do you expect?" said one neighbor.
I'll review the constitution later today. I'm still not sure about the intent of the original framers.
Thanks to all who read my Chicago Now post and took to the discussion.
I've been a supporter of The Chainlink since I started my blog and rely on it for taking the pulse of area cyclists. I have just recently started using the forum for soliciting feedback on what to write about. My hope is that I can reach beyond the cycling community with Chicago Now and start bringing more of our issues to the public.
I apologize if this thread devolved into an off-topic discussion. My intention was to draw a contrast with our scrutiny and the lack of scrutiny for something that has shown to be a bigger problem to society than running a red light and spooking a Tribune columnist. I tried to separate the cycling point from my own view on gun control and was mainly looking to see if anyone else saw the irony in how our group of one-percenters is perceived against another group with similar membership.
Upon request, I'll close the discussion.
My goal isn't to divide, it's to gain consensus on cycling topics to make my posts stronger. I'm always open to discussion and debate about anything I've posted whether it's in the comments section at Chicago Now or via email.