Your first thought here is obviously: Who in fuck is Paul Kane? Basically he’s a Washington DC political reporter, a guy who covers the kind of insider capital hill political football that induces vomiting in most Americans.
And Paul Kane very obviously does not ride a bike, at least not for anything besides recreation in the summer.
I know this because nobody who relies on bicycles to commute for work, for groceries, or for hauling their kids around town would say something as ignorant, tone-deaf, and downright dangerous as what Paul Kane tweeted this week.
DC bicyclists: on dark rainy nights no one can see you. You’re endangering your life. Blame Henry Ford if you want but don’t blame drivers.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) November 9, 2015
That’s right, even in (almost) the year 2016 there are articulate, thoughtful adults who can say shit this dumb. This kind of ‘you get what you deserve‘ victim-blaming would be comical if it wasn’t still common among a selfish driving class who demand dominance of roadways subsidized for all to use. This fact obscures and festers the illusion that roads were somehow invented after the automobile, and solely for motorists.
Fortunately, there were a fair number of smart replies to Kane’s illogical concern-trolling. Below are some of the best.
@pkcapitol People who rely on biking for transportation can’t just adjust their lives for drivers every time it rains.
— Ashley Gold (@ashleyrgold) November 10, 2015
<@pkcapitol Are you driving the car or is the car driving you?
— Reginald Bazile (@RegBazile) November 9, 2015
— Robert Wright (@RKWinvisibleman) November 10, 2015
Unlike David Axelrod’s cringe worthy anti-bike tweet last year, Kane’s lacked any tongue-in-cheekiness that could excuse such a foul attitude. He also wasted little time in doubling down on incompetence in subsequent tweets.
@ByronTau I would advise against biking during rush hour + rain once we lose daylight savings, yes. Too dangerous, not because of car speed.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) November 10, 2015
I would advise this fool to pull his head out of his ass and realize rush hour exists because damn near everyone is going to or leaving from work. And it’s motorists’ space-wasting driving habit that causes congestion, not buses, not light rail, and certainly not cyclists.
As I’ve written before, between bicyclists and motorists the burden of mortality is always on the person pedaling the bike. That means the burden of responsibility to not drive a two ton metal weapon into bikers and pedestrians alike falls solely on drivers. It is not a ‘shared responsibility’. To think in such a way is irresponsible cowardice.
Paul Kane doesn’t ride a bike, but he and others like him sure as hell should.
@pkcapitol you are an idiot. Also it’s your legal responsibility not to kill people. Blame the law but don’t blame bicyclists.
— LindseyBikes! (@ellemhmkay) November 10, 2015