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Here is a "how-to" video for stopping those annoying and sanctimonious bike riders.
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 21, 2010
     Category: Accidents | Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles | Motor Vehicles | PSA’s

If you don't get them airborne you don't get any points :cheese:
Posted by ANON in Nowhere on 09/21/10 at 04:21 PM
so don't be an asshole driver or an asshole cyclist. geesh! this was funny like the 3 stooges are funny. it is a psa and didn't really happen. take a freakin' chill pill guys. (those of you this applies to know who you are, and if not then you are hopeless anyway.)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/21/10 at 09:32 PM
i hear you miles and i would hate to see anyone really get hurt.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/21/10 at 11:06 PM
you beat me to it dumbfounded.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/22/10 at 07:35 AM
mplsfish, I was in a bus that took the door off a parked car. The bus driver called out "Was that me?" He wasn't sure whether he'd hit anything at all. Having been in a car that got it's door stuffed in as the driver opened it into traffic, I can assure you, the person in the car is certain they got hit.
I did find it amusing they showed the cyclist as someone who is plodding along, not one of those kamikaze delivery guys. OTOH, they probably don't use the bike lane, anyway.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 09/22/10 at 09:27 AM
Friends--I think we all agree that any biker getting car-doored in real life deserves pity and sympathy and compassion. It's not as if any of us would stand and laugh over the victim in real life.

But just remember how cruel comedy is, in the famous words of Mel Brooks: "Tragedy is when I get a splinter in my little finger. Comedy is when you fall down an open manhole and break your leg."
Posted by Paul on 09/22/10 at 10:07 AM
good point dumbfounded. a psa, like a film, is a fictional account of an incident. NOT the same as watching a you tube video of someone actually getting doored.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/22/10 at 11:57 AM
There are stupid cyclists
and there are old cyclists
but there are no old, stupid cyclists!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/22/10 at 12:47 PM
I obey all signals, use hand signals, wear a helmet and bright colors, have front and back lights, and assume that all drivers are drunk and texting and going to do the stupidest thing possible and ALWAYS cede the right-of-way.
I think bicycles should be registered and licensed like any other vehicle and riders who violate laws should be cited.

I am not sanctimonious (and if I annoy you by riding a bicycle that seems to be a problem you should seriously consider bringing it up with your therapist).

And I've been doored and knocked unconscious and just don't find this in the least amusing, especially referring to it as a 'How-to video' and painting all cyclists with the same prejudicial broad brush in your caption.

I'm very disappointed, Paul.
Posted by StanFlouride on 09/22/10 at 01:06 PM
Not to mention hypocritical? :blank:
Posted by Dumbfounded on 09/22/10 at 01:41 PM
Even as a kid I preferred Groucho's wit to Moe's slapstick.

I am offended by Paul's choice of caption and the suggestion that this might be an acceptable way to deal with anyone, no matter how sanctimonious or annoying.

I also don't think animated cartoons or slapstick fit anywhere into this discussion. They are not real, my injuries were.

And I fail to see any comparison between people getting hurt acting stupid and breaking the law and my riding a bike and getting creamed by an asshole who didn't look before opening his door in traffic.
Posted by StanFlouride on 09/22/10 at 02:10 PM
so if we change the tone to one ridiculing the idiot door opener will that, perhaps, assuage your feelings about the post dear? perhaps if the bike rider turned into the hulk, with tearing clothes and splitting bike helmet popping off his head, and jumped up to rip the door off the car and pitch the offending opener into traffic? i am sorry you were hurt honey but humor from tragedy is a natural human response. hell, people did make 9/11 jokes and jokes about all other tragedies great and small for that matter. you are a usually fun guy stan, sorry this offend you so much.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/22/10 at 02:25 PM
"people did make 9/11 jokes"

A guy from the the WTC goes to heaven, as he approaches the pearly gates, St. Peter appears and hands him a harp and a pair of wings. The man looks at the wings and says, "Oh sure, now you give me some!"

Some people will find that funny, and some people won't. Apologies to those that didn't.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 09/22/10 at 02:41 PM
no bill, i said that humor is a human defense mechanism. somewhere along the line, all tragedies have jokes whispered about them. it aleviates some of the horror. movies have stuff like this all the time. people falling down steps or out windows, and sitting in movie theaters everywhere you will find the majority of people laugh at it. so if a comedy movie came out about bicycle delivery people in NY, and this was one of the scenes, delivered in a comedic way you would protest the movie. write the prodution company, the companies that advertise with it ect. due to your deeply felt offense about it? if anything, bringing it up in a way that encourages people to remember it may help people to remember to be careful in the actual situation.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/22/10 at 05:58 PM
Attempted murder? Oh wow, you left out the bit where the person had deliberately parked up on your regular cycle route and waited for you to ride up before swinging open their door in a premeditated attempt to cause you a fatal injury.

I thought they were just some inattentive dickhead who had caused an accident.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 09/22/10 at 06:17 PM
wow bill, i think i'm done talking to you. i don't appirciate getting threatened with a ball bat over this. i am never anything but kind to my fellow wuvians and do not deserve that kind of treatment.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/22/10 at 06:18 PM
Once again, my original objection, which was Paul's caption, (NOT the silly PSA) is not addressed:

"Here is a "how-to" video for stopping those annoying and sanctimonious bike riders."

I don't care whether people think this is funny or not, but I don't.

But I believe in voting with my feet and I have just removed WU from my bookmarks and after hitting the Submit button will logout permanently.

Good bye.
Stan Flouride
Posted by StanFlouride on 09/22/10 at 06:28 PM
Apparently, Bill, you've never laughed at Laurel and Hardy, or Tom and Jerry, or Hogan's Heroes, or the Three Stooges, or Droopy, Bugs, Daffy, Sylvester, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Keaton, Chaplin, Harold Lloyd or Jackie Chan. Because the things they do hurt in real life.

People tell jokes about World War 1 and 2, about the Challenger disaster, about AIDS and swine-flu, and yes, even about 9/11. Yet somehow that you suffered an injury is reason enough to consider a topic "out-of-bounds" for humour?

Now I'm offended!
Posted by Dumbfounded on 09/22/10 at 06:33 PM
Sorry to see you go, Stan, but if you can't accept that not everyone shares your exact sensibilities then potentially any post could cause just the offense you feel now, which would put an unfair onus on everyone else just to avoid offending you.

I can think of things I've not found funny, comments I've thought frivolous, selfish or downright unsettling. But I do not have the right not to be offended, and if I were to declare "We are not amused!" at every instance and walk away, I'd pretty soon be reduced to looking at nothing but my own homepage.

It's easy to tolerate the stuff were aren't offended by, but then that is barely tolerance, it's learning to tolerate that we disapprove of that is difficult.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 09/22/10 at 06:44 PM
I like "pinching" off the bicycles at the lights by nudging my car right next to the curb. I already passed you once so I don't want to deal with you again just because you can squeeze by all of us with your stupid bicycle. And if I can I'll rush by you as close as possible over the speed limit and hope I can cause a vortex of air to make you falter or wreck.


Get a "thick skin" Stan or you won't survive on the web/blogs/etc today.

I doubt my post will be taken by him as the intentional poke.
Posted by ANON in Nowhere on 09/22/10 at 07:29 PM
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