Whenever we write about bicycles in cities we get a letters from drivers complaining about how rude cyclists are. As biking becomes more popular the complaints become louder. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a big proponent of cycling in Washington, brushes this off in the New York Times:
"They are burning calories, not fossil fuel, they are taking up much less space, they are seeing the world at 10 miles per hour instead of 20 or 30," he said. "And even though there are occasionally cranky or rude cyclists, they are no greater a percentage than cranky or rude motorists." Plus, he added, "they have really fought for their place on the asphalt."