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(CBS New York)   Cyclist hit by car. Local legislator responds by telling the victim's son that: A) he will work to get more bike lanes built, B) bhere should be stiffer penalties for reckless drivers, or C) no one should ride a bike in this county ever   (newyork.cbslocal.com) divider line 110
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2014-02-14 12:08:44 AM  
I'm guessing 90% of his statistics are pulled out of his ass.
 
2014-02-14 12:09:54 AM  
She questioned in particular the apparent claim that 90 percent of bicyclists are hit by cars.
"Where is that statistic coming from?" she asked. "Where are you getting this from?"
Silverman asked Barraga the same.

"It's predicated on my constituents who have contacted me over maybe a 30, 35-year period," he said.


He doesn't know how many years he's been in his job, but he knows how many of his constituents ride bikes
 
2014-02-14 12:10:17 AM  
If the guy is trying to legislate against bikes, then why did we not use the hero tag?
 
2014-02-14 12:10:48 AM  
i184.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-14 12:11:09 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: If the guy is trying to legislate against bikes, then why did we not use the hero tag?


Vehicle of peace my ASS
 
2014-02-14 12:11:28 AM  
It's slight paraphrase. He says changing laws or adding bike lanes and signs isn't going to change the fact that everyone in the county is a moran, and every rider is constantly at risk of injury.
 
2014-02-14 12:11:45 AM  
FTFA: "One the day she was hit, she was biking on Montauk Highway, the traffic light was green, but because the driver must have been in a hurry he jumped the on coming traffic to make a left turn and hit my mother claiming he never saw her."

This should be considered an admission of guilt, not a get-out-of-jail-free card.
 
2014-02-14 12:12:41 AM  
i555.photobucket.com

Darn cagers, parking their cars on the streets like the own the place.  Who do they think they are?
 
2014-02-14 12:14:31 AM  
Anyone else catch this little gem?:

"No one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter in Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle or motorcycle."

Dude probably still has the vapors from when he watched "The Wild One" back in the '50s.
 
2014-02-14 12:15:26 AM  
Hey, bikes don't hurt people. Bicyclists do.

Doin' it rite?
 
2014-02-14 12:16:17 AM  
90% are hit? I wonder how many times in my 10,000 miles or so I should have been hit.

/have dodged that so far..
//literally.
 
2014-02-14 12:16:35 AM  
Bicycle. Bicycle. I want to run over your bicycle. I want to help you learn. I want to squish your bicycle. I want to help you obey traffic laws. I hope you learn them well.

i.imgur.com


/Usual make fun of bicycle douches, because, welcome to fark.
//And never ever Google search, gay bicycle
 
2014-02-14 12:16:56 AM  

Eps05: It's slight paraphrase. He says changing laws or adding bike lanes and signs isn't going to change the fact that everyone in the county is a moran, and every rider is constantly at risk of injury.


And really, you have to respect that kind of honesty in a politician.  I'd bet that if you sent that same letter (replacing the location as appropriate) to every elected official in the US 90% of the responses would say "I'm very sorry that your mother was injured.  I will look into traffic safety and do everything in my power to insure that others are not similarly hurt." and then they would do absolutely nothing.

The other 10% would go nuts with bike lanes and shiat.

/lives in one of the most "bike friendly" cities in the US......it's not bad really.  Bike lanes are cool with me.  It helps keep them out of car lanes.
 
2014-02-14 12:17:26 AM  

Eps05: It's slight paraphrase. He says changing laws or adding bike lanes and signs isn't going to change the fact that everyone in the county is a moran, and every rider is constantly at risk of injury.


A safe assumption seeing as how they elected that asshole
 
2014-02-14 12:18:18 AM  
Separated at birth?

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2014-02-14 12:21:00 AM  
Jesus Christ, people should stop being eligible to hold elected office once they hit 60.
 
2014-02-14 12:21:01 AM  

shechive.files.wordpress.com
Thomas Barraga

 
2014-02-14 12:22:53 AM  
bicyclists in austin are bad at respecting the law here (regarding lanes and lane space), but many car drivers are the same way. Everything should be banned, all of the time.
 
2014-02-14 12:24:08 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Separated at birth?

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Oh, come on.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-02-14 12:24:31 AM  

rob_md: 90% are hit? I wonder how many times in my 10,000 miles or so I should have been hit.


Every single time you rode your bike.

Am I expressing my outrage at cyclists rite?

/I've never hit a cyclist
//hit a jogger once...that was funny and yeah, he deserved it.
///
 
2014-02-14 12:24:44 AM  
Rape victims of Suffolk County shouldn't walk alone at night or dress so sexy.
 
2014-02-14 12:29:11 AM  
From what the guy says it sounds more like people in his county should not (be allowed to) drive cars.
 
2014-02-14 12:31:14 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: If the guy is trying to legislate against bikes, then why did we not use the hero tag?


^THIS x 100000
 
2014-02-14 12:31:49 AM  
Yeah. The "bike route" between my house to the train station is :

# indirect (adds 10% more travel distance compared to the other "car favored" option)
# goes straight up a hill (the "car favored" route is level)
# has 12 stop signs (the "car favored" route has none)

The worst are the stop signs just as the hill starts going up. THANKS.
 
2014-02-14 12:32:37 AM  
sf.streetsblog.org

Was trying to find some funny GIF's of bicyclists getting 'doored', but this is the closest thing I could find.
 
2014-02-14 12:34:06 AM  

Fart_Machine: Rape victims of Suffolk County shouldn't walk alone at night or dress so sexy.


Nothing to do with rape.  Walking alone at night is just stupid for plenty of other reasons.
 
2014-02-14 12:34:34 AM  
 "All I'm saying is that Suffolk County is a very, very tough place for bicyclists."

"...and, uh, I'm not going to try to change that."

"Oh, also, statisticians. Very, very tough for them around here. We had one fellow come out from the city a while back, but he accidentally ran out in front of a train shortly after attending a council meeting. It's just a dangerous profession and I can't in good conscience recommend that anyone pursue it."
 
2014-02-14 12:34:53 AM  
If so many bicyclists are being hit by cars, perhaps they should ban cars.

/90% of people in Suffolk county who own a car wind up hitting a bicyclist. I tell people not to buy cars but they just don't listen.
 
2014-02-14 12:36:44 AM  

Delta1212: If so many bicyclists are being hit by cars, perhaps they should ban cars.

/90% of people in Suffolk county who own a car wind up hitting a bicyclist. I tell people not to buy cars but they just don't listen.


You are bad at math.
 
2014-02-14 12:37:09 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Separated at birth?

[img.fark.net image 196x294][img.fark.net image 357x375]


www.michalak.org
 
2014-02-14 12:39:50 AM  
What's his Fark handle?
 
2014-02-14 12:52:16 AM  
Fark you, cycle at your own risk.  It was a freaking highway and no one wants you there.  Every time I think of cyclists, I think of the end of "So this is 40" and all of "Premium Rush".   A bunch of ignorant douchebags that play in traffic with the big boys.

You are small and i'm really not sorry that i'm not looking out for you.  I can't wait for the day I open my door on one of you twats.  Oh nooo... you carry a chain and a lock and aren't afraid to use it?  hahaha

/doing it right?
 
2014-02-14 12:57:30 AM  

Phelon Hardtimes: Fark you, cycle at your own risk.  It was a freaking highway and no one wants you there.  Every time I think of cyclists, I think of the end of "So this is 40" and all of "Premium Rush".   A bunch of ignorant douchebags that play in traffic with the big boys.

You are small and i'm really not sorry that i'm not looking out for you.  I can't wait for the day I open my door on one of you twats.  Oh nooo... you carry a chain and a lock and aren't afraid to use it?  hahaha

/doing it right?




This thread will have no shortage of tiny brained wipers of other people's bottoms chiming in; no need to pretend to be one of them.
 
2014-02-14 12:58:16 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Jesus Christ, people should stop being eligible to hold elected office once they hit 60.


He isn't quite that smart yet.

spaghettovolante.files.wordpress.com

/ no offense intended to creationists, unless that legislator is also a creationist.
 
2014-02-14 12:59:03 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Separated at birth?

[img.fark.net image 196x294][img.fark.net image 357x375]


don't  Let... them...  Schwinn!
 
2014-02-14 12:59:06 AM  

Phelon Hardtimes: Fark you, cycle at your own risk.  It was a freaking highway and no one wants you there.  Every time I think of cyclists, I think of the end of "So this is 40" and all of "Premium Rush".   A bunch of ignorant douchebags that play in traffic with the big boys.

You are small and i'm really not sorry that i'm not looking out for you.  I can't wait for the day I open my door on one of you twats.  Oh nooo... you carry a chain and a lock and aren't afraid to use it?  hahaha

/doing it right?


Yup. You nailed it. It's highly inflammatory. I'd give a +10/10 if it were not for you final question. I think I'll give you an even 10/10. Nicely done.
 
2014-02-14 01:04:00 AM  

TwowheelinTim: Phelon Hardtimes: Fark you, cycle at your own risk.  It was a freaking highway and no one wants you there.  Every time I think of cyclists, I think of the end of "So this is 40" and all of "Premium Rush".   A bunch of ignorant douchebags that play in traffic with the big boys.

You are small and i'm really not sorry that i'm not looking out for you.  I can't wait for the day I open my door on one of you twats.  Oh nooo... you carry a chain and a lock and aren't afraid to use it?  hahaha

/doing it right?

Yup. You nailed it. It's highly inflammatory. I'd give a +10/10 if it were not for you final question. I think I'll give you an even 10/10. Nicely done.


Thank you sir *bows*.  No riding around here for a while though with 16 inches on snow *le sigh*
 
2014-02-14 01:09:02 AM  
he jumped the on coming traffic to make a left turn and hit my mother claiming he never saw her

Maybe if he had looked up from his cellphone for a second before accelerating...
 
2014-02-14 01:15:46 AM  

Phelon Hardtimes: TwowheelinTim: Phelon Hardtimes: Fark you, cycle at your own risk.  It was a freaking highway and no one wants you there.  Every time I think of cyclists, I think of the end of "So this is 40" and all of "Premium Rush".   A bunch of ignorant douchebags that play in traffic with the big boys.

You are small and i'm really not sorry that i'm not looking out for you.  I can't wait for the day I open my door on one of you twats.  Oh nooo... you carry a chain and a lock and aren't afraid to use it?  hahaha

/doing it right?

Yup. You nailed it. It's highly inflammatory. I'd give a +10/10 if it were not for you final question. I think I'll give you an even 10/10. Nicely done.

Thank you sir *bows*.  No riding around here for a while though with 16 inches on snow *le sigh*


I've been trying to justify buying one of these

http://surlybikes.com/bikes/moonlander

If it snowed at sea level here often enough, I'd have one.
 
2014-02-14 01:16:46 AM  
yup statistics pulled out of his ass,and comes across as cold and unfeeling.
 
2014-02-14 01:17:31 AM  
http://surlybikes.com/bikes/moonlander
 
2014-02-14 01:18:58 AM  

foxystale.com

 
2014-02-14 01:20:47 AM  
"My bicycle helmet was cracked in the front," she said.

I heard she also had a gash on the front of her pelvis.

/effect, meet cause
 
2014-02-14 01:24:09 AM  
If they make the streets safer for cyclists, then more people might ride bikes. That would cut into their speeding ticket revenue.

Ideally, just never get out of your car ever.
 
2014-02-14 01:36:02 AM  

StopLurkListen: Yeah. The "bike route" between my house to the train station is :

# indirect (adds 10% more travel distance compared to the other "car favored" option)
# goes straight up a hill (the "car favored" route is level)
# has 12 stop signs (the "car favored" route has none)

The worst are the stop signs just as the hill starts going up. THANKS.


So get a car.
 
2014-02-14 01:36:08 AM  
This is Suffolk county. Rock chewers and assorted teabag types. Shouldn't even be part of NY state really...
 
2014-02-14 01:49:29 AM  
Further proof that conservatism is a mental illness.
 
2014-02-14 01:59:45 AM  
I have a CCP in this state, and paxcck one with me when I ride. So go ahead, be a smarmy smartass. Don't act surprised if someone decides to burn a clip in your direction. Reminds me, gotta buy more clips.
/
/Flame on.
 
2014-02-14 02:03:33 AM  

doglover: So get a car.


the really nifty thing about cars (as opposed to bikes) is that it's easier to kill dogs with a car.
 
2014-02-14 02:03:57 AM  

TOSViolation: Delta1212: If so many bicyclists are being hit by cars, perhaps they should ban cars.

/90% of people in Suffolk county who own a car wind up hitting a bicyclist. I tell people not to buy cars but they just don't listen.

You are bad at math.


I got my statistic from the same place he did.
 
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