Bicyclist Mows Down Pedestrian, Gets Probation and Service

I fail to understand how somone can mow down a pedestrian in their car and do hard time, while a guy who does the same thing on his bicycle gets probation and community service. This bicyclist needs to be brought to Justice! Can’t the federal government bring charges against him on some sort of Hate Crime grounds? I’m surprised there haven’t been riots and demonstrations about the injustice of it all, especially in a place like San Francisco.

6 Responses to “Bicyclist Mows Down Pedestrian, Gets Probation and Service”

  1. BrianN says:

    The victim was Asian, you’ll never get a conviction. This is just a rehash of interment camps

  2. matt says:

    Mowing down a pedestrian with your car doesn’t always mean hard time. Sometimes, you can get really drunk at a golf course, run over a teenager, go home to wipe the evidence off of your car, and still only do eight months in minimum security.

    That said, this cyclist is an idiot. Who blows through a red light into a crowded crosswalk?

  3. Pitt says:

    A cyclist imbued with an exaggerated sense of self-importance and self-righteousness in their chosen mode of transportation, that’s who. I blame San Francisco, they’ve pretty much deified bicycles in that city. Anything done in the name of the 2-wheeled god is permissible and excusable.

  4. matt says:

    It’s weird that a city that hilly has so many people riding fixed-gear bikes. I think my knees would explode.

  5. BrianN says:

    It’s funny that the same movement that wants to have bikes rocognized as true vehicles doesn’t mercilessly mock and shame those who bring toys onto city streets.

    People riding fixies and bikes at night with no lights should stick to the playground. It’s like bringing your ATV or snowmobile on the thruway.

  6. Pitt says:

    I think it’s more of a speed differential safety issue. I don’t think you’re going to be going much faster than 10mph or so on a “fixie”. On a street where cars can legally travel 25 or 30 mph, this isn’t really feasible. Yes, pedestrians only move at 3-4 mph, but there’s usually sidewalks provided for them. Even when there aren’t, most pedestrians have the common sense to get out of the way of oncoming traffic (which they legally have to walk facing, anyway).

    Analogy: on long, steep grades on interstates where cars can still be traveling at 65 or 70 mph, they have “truck lanes” for vehicles who cannot progress up the hill at a safe speed. Good justification for “bike lanes”, too.

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