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The Daily Word 8.27.2010: No porn for N. Korea, anti-dope dealers, American's are dumb

The Daily Word

And you thought your internet connection was crap.

Newsflash: Pot dealers don't want weed legalized.

Susana Martinez leads Diane Denish, among people who take polls.

Why won't that Chinese dude buy your house? Because the feng shui is all f'd up.

This Japanese guy calls Americans something mean.

Let's feed him to the Germans!

Tourism in Guam goes up.

No PowerPoint, no killing people. Got it?

75 Rio Rancho kids had the crap scared out of them this morning. Oh, and there's probably a job opening for a new bus driver.

Cash for cocks! (Totally safe for work, I promise.)

Guess what's under the World Trade Center site? Hint: It's not a mosque.

Bike helmets are stupid.

Whoo hoo! The internet is crazy again.

Happy Friday.

V.19 No.27 |

The Daily Word 07.09.10: Angry Actors, Homemade Meat and Pirates. Oh My!

The Daily Word

Can someone explain to me how an automobile can hit a cyclist and the driver wouldn't notice?

Defending marriage is against the constitution.

The New York Times wonders where the U.S.A. is going to war next.

How to jack an airplane.

Mel Gibson is a big f*ing asshole.

Life's not fair.

The Rail Runner is getting another stop, even though less people ride the train.

The mall in Santa Fe is crazy dangerous.

Meat, for crafty vegetarians.

Moving to Miami from Cleveland is a bad idea?

Aaaarrrr matey, The Pirate Bay is attacked, by pirates.

V.19 No.24 |

bikes

Black Hawk Blues

I've been fuming since I read about a totally dick move in my former state.

See, the tiny town of Black Hawk, Colorado (home to a couple casinos and not much else) has begun to ticket people for riding bikes in town. That's right, ride your bike, pay a $68 fine.

Black Hawk's City Manager, Michael Copp, says the ban is due to safety reasons, even though there hasn't been an accident involving bikes yet.

It's been years since I've been to Black Hawk, but the traffic there is awful. Basically, imagine a bunch of cars creeping along old-timey roads as they make their way to casino parking lots. And since this is Colorado we're talking about, by cars I mean giant SUVs. Oh, there are also enormous tourist busses thrown in the mix, because why drive to Black Hawk when you can hop on an air conditioned bus and avoid the windy mountain roads.

I'll be honest, I'm not the type of cyclist whose likely to ride through a town like this--heading up mountains without gears is no fun--and I think it's probably terrifying to do so. But citing safety seems like a big smelly load of BS. The kind of people who drive all the way up Black Hawk to gamble seem to me (note the strong editorial bias here) to be the kind of people who think bicyclists shouldn't be on the road at all. A couple of bikes here and there probably scares the crap out of them, even though they're moving at a snail's pace through town.

My biggest issue is the ban itself, whatever the reason. The chain-reaction that could come from this negates all the good work bicycle advocates have been doing in the last few years. It's always going to be somewhat unsafe to ride a bike on any road (just like it's kind of unsafe to drive on any road), but that doesn't mean making biking illegal is a good answer.

Worried about safety, lower the speed limit, put up "share the road" signs, offer bicyclists alternative routes. See, there are tons of ways to let everyone win. An outright ban is backward thinking. I sure hope Colorado bike advocates invade the town, get off their bikes in the middle of the streets and shut down traffic altogether. If biking is so dangerous, maybe driving should be banned and everyone should just walk.

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