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Mistakes on the road can have consequences. What if stupid bike/ped comments did too?

What if people who said ignorant things about walking and biking, like reflexively blaming victims, had to put themselves in the shoes of those they criticize? What if screwing up at the grocery checkout had the same consequences as not paying attention on the road?

Emily Purcell, a planning student in Milwaukee who previously lived in DC and still works on LEED for the US Green Building Council, imagines some of these in a comic on her site Irish Breakfast Time.

All images by Emily Purcell reposted with permission.

Here's the full comic:

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All those statements come from the (rhetorical) position that all modes must be equal. Adopting that position only serves the status quo since it refuses to recognize that there is currently a problem. What's tough, is that position will come up as an inevitable criticism of this post.

I hope the last one is implemented though.

by drumz on Jan 23, 2014 11:58 am • linkreport

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by selxic on Jan 23, 2014 2:51 pm • linkreport

"Repeat third grade English". That's my favorite.

by Eileen on Jan 23, 2014 6:02 pm • linkreport

I liked the clown comment.

by Daniel on Jan 23, 2014 7:41 pm • linkreport

Cute. Now let's see you make one about the stupid things bikers say about cars.

by SamW on Jan 24, 2014 4:24 pm • linkreport


Except the majority of cyclists own cars and drive, or have driven in the past. So there really isn't an equivalent.

by AWalkerInTheCity on Jan 24, 2014 4:41 pm • linkreport

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by selxic on Jan 25, 2014 3:43 pm • linkreport

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