U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood expressed concern today for the safety of urban bikers. In an interview with The Huffington Post's Sam Stein, the Illinois Republican explained that he was happy to see many American cities making distinct efforts to accommodate more bicycles on the road but definitely thinks drivers are not being cool about it:
“I’m concerned that people that are driving cars have a level of respect for bikers, and that’s the reason that we have these bike lanes,” said LaHood. “Bikers have as much right to the streets as anybody driving a car and I am concerned about [their safety]."
Told that his heartfelt defense of bikers came off like the musings of a run-of-the-mill hipster, LaHood professed genuine confusion. “I don’t even know what that term means,” he said.
Just what a true hipster would say. LaHood, somewhat constricted by his skinny jeans, then pivoted in his Vans sneakers, found the new TV On the Radio album on his iPhone and rode his fixed gear bicycle towards U Street.