SF Chronicle blogger and alleged fan of the entire The Darkness discography C.W. Nevius is my favorite blogger who's not a Mission blogger. Why? Because he always writes incendiary slime about the controversy of the day. And what fun it is!
Recently, the target of C.Dubs polemics have been the thundering menace of a cyclist scorned. In Nevius's world, these aggro two-wheeled executioners are violent hazards running stop signs in the Wiggle and berating Nice Old Ladies in the crosswalks. What's worse? These thugs want rights! They want more bike lanes. They want Idaho stops. They want bikes lanes all to themselves. Judging by the sheer frequency Nevius writes about “sanctimonious bike types,” you would think the 3.5% have replaced gang violence, homelessness, and corruption in City Hall as San Francisco's biggest issues.
Yesterday, the blogging got a bit better. In a piece titled “The aggro bike rider and me”, Nevius detailed a horrible incident in which was yelled at for nearly driving 3,000 pounds of grease and metal into a sanctimonious bike type:
A BMW driver — and do not get me started on BMW drivers — cut me off in my car and I swerved to get around him. Immediately I heard a guy on a bike yelling. “Check both mirrors before you change lanes.”
Fair enough. I cut him off. My bad. And I would have said so except what followed was an unbelievable string of F-bombs and insults. It went on and on. Holy crap. My first instinct was to roll down the window and say, “Hey, that guy cut me off. It was an accident.” But one look at the guy told me that was a bad idea. He was spoiling for a fight.So, agreeing again that it was my fault, I don’t get it. There are lots of things that trigger irrational hate — religion, race, politics, and national origin. But bikes? C’mon.
This is a supercharged discussion. We’re talking about the bike jerks who ran down, and even killed, pedestrians. It feeds into the perception of the self-entitled bike riders who think they own the road. And, in some cases that apparently leads to the opposing view that automobile drivers are clueless, malicious twits who are intentionally running two-wheel riders off the road.
Ah yes, those two cyclists who killed two pedestrians (while motorists have splattered hundreds) obviously represent the entire cycling populace. What was this dude thinking?! When you were making a “bad” and hurling your vehicle into a biker, he clearly should have been thinking about the perception of cyclists held by maddened lunatics who think their vehicles own the road.
We really should ban bicycles from the road. We don't want C.W. Nevius's fragile sensibilities to be further damaged.