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Monday, January 04, 2010

Facebook Page takes aim at cyclists

One of my Facebook friends who just happens to be a St. Louis cycling advocate today brought to my attention a Facebook Page that doesn't take very kindly to bicyclists.

The page -- There's a perfectly good path right next to the road you stupid cyclist! -- sadly has more than 31,500 fans. The picture shown here is the page's profile photo. Here's a message from the group, which appears to be based in Australia.:

"No matter how far to the left you are, you're taking up my road. My car is hard, and i am not slowing down!"

It's also disheartening that a wall post that read "saw a cyclist stack it today" had 399 people liking the post.

Certainly, people who object to the way some bicyclists ride certainly have a right to have a Facebook Page to express their views. But when they cross the line and encourage behavior that could kill or seriously injure a bicyclist, something needs to be done.

If you're a Facebook user and object to the page, you can report it to Facebook. The "Report Page" link is at the bottom of the left column of the page.

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Roger 2 comments links to this post 12:27 AM

Hatred and suggested violence targeted at cyclists something new? Of course not and this Facebook "revelation" is often experienced in sharing the roads. Civility and respect are quickly lost when cooperation and tolerance are so conveniently discarded by the car culture, a place where accountability and risks can be easily transferred without costs.
AMEN!! I second that!
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