Wilkinson doesn't "give a fig":
People complain about bikers breaking traffic laws. Well, I’m guilty, and I’m damn well going to keep doing it. A lot of traffic regulations make sense for cars, but just don’t for bikes. For example, I ride home almost every day the wrong way up a one way street, and nobody coming the other way gives a damn. Why should they? I honestly don’t give a fig about my carbon footprint (and anyway, since I’m not a breeder, I really should get carbon carte blanche). But I like biking because it’s faster than driving because I blow through stop signs, go the wrong way on one-ways, etc. Were I suddenly to become fastidious about heeding traffic laws intended to regulate cars, one of the main advantages of biking over driving would evaporate. So I think people who do give figs about carbon really ought to encourage bikers to break traffic laws, or at least promote EXTRA traffic laws for drivers, in order to increase the relative benefit of biking. How about intersections where four-way purple means you’ve got to stop unless you’re on a bike? That would be pretty sweet.
I'm with Will. It reminds me of a day I spent a long time ago in Berlin. I rented a bike and merrily explored as much of the city as I could. At one point, I was riding down a side-street, and two police cars came screeching down the road toward me. I looked behind to see who they were chasing. Then they rammed on the brakes and burst out their cars and ran up to ... me. I was riding my bike the wrong way down a one-way street. Yes: Germany.
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