Bike Lanes Kill

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Article from The Stranger, Seattle’s only newspaper.

Suggests that the dangers of riding brakeless fixed-gears may be at issue. As a rider of a brakeless fixed gear, I respond maybe, in the immediate context, but riding brakeless is not inherently unsafe. Even if the rider is unskilled, people who use cars are responsible for the danger. As evidence, I offer the documented fact that until the unquestioned establishment of the car hegemony, all bicycles were brakeless fixed-gears. The market felt no pressure from consumers or law-makers to supply chain-driven bicycles with the already perfected rim brake technology. It was the growing number of cars that made riding brakeless unsafe, so ultimately cars and our society’s relationship to them are still to blame for this cyclist’s death and for the deaths of many like him.

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