The local newspaper here in Harrisburg ran an article a few weeks ago about 16 cyclists were killed in Pennsylvania in 2009, up from 8 killed in 2008.
Then they ran another article yesterday about how the roads in the area are really, really bad for cycling.
The comment sections on both of these articles really give you a horrifying impression the sorts of idiots we’re out there sharing the roads with.
The arguments are pretty much the same garbage you see in any part of the country when there’s talk about cyclists amongst non-cyclists.
- You can’t “do the speed limit”, get out of my way, or I’ll run you over
- You wear spandex. Therefore, you are a fag, and I’ll run you over.
- You run stop signs. Therefore, you are a scofflaw, and I’ll run you over.
- You don’t pay road taxes. Therefore, you are on welfare, and I’ll run you over
Despite the redneck retards in the forums, there is cause for optimism. It looks like Wormleysburg, Camp Hill, and Lemoyne are planning some cycle infrastructure.
I think there is some hope that a day might come when cycling on the West Shore will not be seen as some daredevil activity for the brave / stupid.