The bicyclist are the idiots for wanting to ride on the roads, they are rude and disrespectful to drivers, which are meant to be on the road, bicyclists are jacked up on their adrenaline high and have this agenda to deem their right to the road!!! It's BS, get off the roads!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She tried this crap in Charlotte too. She attacked and made fun of cyclist here. Now she is trying similar tactics down there. She wants to to ruffle your feathers. She is washed up and is grasping to what's left of her career.
Oh Tara....same BS, different city. The queen city is so much better off without illogical, poorly supported arguments. I hope Charleston chews you up and spits you out. Cycling in Charlotte is a little safer now that you're not fueling the cycling hate game. There's pleny of irrational hate for cyclists on the road already without your contribution.
This is such a bad article I"m embarrassed that I have taken the time to read it. your logic is flawed, your perspective foul, and you regurgitated previous copy despite being paid for new work. Please never float your self-absorbed opinions in public again, especially not when you smear some twisted statistics on it. Lipstick on a pig...
oh my, what rock has this person been living under?
Something keenly left out of this argument is the fact that not everyone can afford a car to drive to their job, and not everyone lives within a walk-able distance to public transportation. The suggested argument of this column is that people choose to ride their bikes/walk with the knowledge they may die, and thus they are irresponsible. It's really kind of like saying people choose to be poor despite the fact that they know it will lower their life expectancy. Check your privilege as well as your facts.
As a landscape architect and urban designer, I am a huge proponent of "Complete Streets" -- streets designed to accommodate transit, bicyclists and pedestrians as well as automobiles -- made even better by incorporating green infrastructure and beauty. After all, this is our public realm.
I am not, however, a huge proponent of idiots or bad journalism. This would be inclusive of people like Tara "Cut and Paste" Servatius.
Another example of how Europe is better than the US.
You shouldn't need a car to get employment. You seem old enough, it's your generation's fault for not thinking of how to incorporate bike routes earlier.
The premise is a fallacy. Cyclists and walkers are not a risk to themselves. In most cases, they are not dying spontaneously from their behavior. The deaths are caused by external factors, primarily inattentive drivers.
It's funny that you mention babies dying of SIDS - it's not the babies that are placing themselves face down, it's the mothers who are doing it. That's why money is not spent teaching babies not to lie face down - it's spent educating people who are the cause of the problem.
Likewise, money should be spent addressing the root causes of cyclist and pedestrian deaths - by educating drivers to share the road and by improving infrastructure to allow cycling, walking, and driving to coexist safely.
If you read to the end, you see even the editor is embarrassed by this column.
I agree with this article by Tara 100%. I like riding my bike to the beach and different places by the coast, but there I some places I would never ride my bike. People have to have some common sense, and I see people riding down Riverland Drive on James Island, and riding down Folly Rd at night, or 17 at night. This is plain foolish. Bike riding on the JI Connector is against the law , dangerous , and foolish. You would not ride your bike on a road where the speed limit is 55mph and people are doing 70. You haters need to stop smokin the pipe and realize Tara is stating the facts and common sense.
If you people want to ride to work, you may not be able to because of safety. Take the bus or carpool.
If you want to ride for exercise just ride in a safe place so you are not hit or killed.
This might be the stupidest thing I have ever read.
One of the least expensive and simplest solutions that might help the problem of vehicles drifting into bike lanes would be to install road lane line reflectors (like the ones already being used that are sticking up on the yellow and white lane lines.) Put them on the bike lane line running between the bike lane and the driving lane. The sound is just irritating enough that a driver running over them would then be aware that he/she has drifted into the bike lane and hopefully start paying more attention.
At least if you're watching cyclists while you drive, Tara, then we've succeeded in educating one of the 'idiot drivers'
And for all of you that think this is a joke well too bad. She is serious and she is full of hatred for bikers..... the lady has mental problems we really took care of her here in Charlotte.... everybody laughs around here when you bring her up... and this is why. Her rants over bikers and how they are scum and need to get out of the way. Better yet CP newspaper how about you hire some people with objective mindsets? Non complainers not someone who will use your platform to spew her personal RIDICULOUS hatred.......................
HA! Feel sorry for you people.. we ran this crazy lady out of Charlotte awhile back. She knows how to get people angry and she ends up with lots of people against her for her outspoken batshit republican bullshit. Have fun with her and if you have any brains on the coast you will run her out of town! She HATES bicycles.. I mean really HATES people that ride bikes.... stay away from her she is foul and unhappy and with a face like that who wouldn't be? AND WHO IN THE HELL GAVE HER A JOB? Get her out of your town Charleston!
Closing the bridge lanes for bicycles only is a terrible plan.
Cities that have been leaders in being cyclist freindly like Seattle, try to integrate bicylcle transportation into the infrastructure not constrict already crowded roads and make traffic flow worse. I lived in Seattle biked almost every day, and in comparison Charleston is light years behind. Charleston wants to portray itself as progresssive at the expensive of practicality.
How many people will be using these roads in the middle of summer heat and thunderstorms? Very few... yet the car traffic congestion at the bridges remain, but worse.
Thanks you puppet dolts on city council who went along with this stupid plan.
Salutes to Cid and Fishy for having logical posts and points of view about this issue.
It's all about infrastructure and money. What sense does it make to cram lanes into unsafe situations?
How can we make as many citizens as happy and safe as possible and try to have it all?
Does anyone use the new spruill lanes?
You know what makes this article even funnier and adds another layer of unintentional irony? That this girl - Tara Servatius - published two articles ago an article called "Beware what you post online; Social Intelligence is watching you."
Sure, that article was about internet surveillance, but the title about watching what you post online, and using the word "Intelligence," maybe Ms. Servatius could practice what she preaches a little better.
Your opinions are bad, and you should feel bad...
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