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I ask myself all the time why I continue to ride in this city. Everyone is so angry and only worried about themselves. It’s all about me before you. Why do we continue to ride when there is so much hatred/anger/obviluousness to human life as cyclists and pedestrians? 

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Because if we give in to it, we lose.

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And when riding a bike is good, it is SO good. I rode to work today with 2 kinds of cookies (cookie swap) and the presents I need to ship to my brother and sister in law. Full backpack and it felt good to be self-sufficient, being propelled by my own two legs. This is what it's all about, isn't it?

Exactly. Last night I took a 5 mile ride around my neighborhood, enjoying holiday displays along the way and stopping for groceries. It's freedom. I'm not going to give that up.

Hey!   This is a Democracy...of sorts.   And a Democracy is dedicated to providing the greatest good, for the the greatest number of people.

The greatest number of people are DRIVERS!   So the system provides benefits for them first: on the street, in the law, in court, and in general attitude.  As pedestrians and cyclists, we're the minority, by far.  What other minorities can you think of that also lead very tough, hard lives in the US, filled with misfortune?

I don't know why you and I continue to ride in Chicago; must mean that we're Misfits; non-conformists!  And somehow take pleasure from NOT following the crowd.  So don't complain about others' anger and bad attitudes.   By getting on your bike, you're just asking for it!

i don't know about you, but like the novice Buddhist monk,  i ride my bike to ride my bike.

That works for me.

I think what you mean is Utilitarianism.

Our Democracy has checks that are supposed to protect the rights of those minorities. So if you want to use that, cyclists' rights and opportunities should be equal to motorists. Clearly they are not.

Furthermore, in many areas in Chicago, pedestrians & cyclists are the majority. So by your logic, the streets in those areas should be designed around them. This is exactly what many sensible users on here are asking for. 

Get real!  Minorities in the US have rights and opportunities?   To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln:

You can satisfy some of the people all of the time (drivers), and satisfy all of the people some of the time....but you cannot satisfy all of the people all of the time!

I don't know 'many areas in Chicago' where pedestrians & cyclists are the majority.  But yes Tooscrapps, wherever cyclists are a majority (such as at CCM and in Amsterdam) their rights should predominate.  But otherwise, its a car-crazed world.  And as minorities, we have to find a way to quietly fit in.

Now, Contrarian-Led Path, don't wade beyond the shallow end of the pool, OK? Because you are clearly over your head.

Hehehe. Well played Curtis.

i'm sorry, but i cannot see that being a cyclist anywhere near compares to being a member of a truly oppressed minority.

But if you see yourself as oppressed. what do you propose to do about it?

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