Atrios has had a few cranky posts about cyclists ignoring traffic laws in Philadelphia.  I think it’s kind of rich for a Philadelphia pedestrian to be complaining about traffic infractions.  (When was the last time anyone waited patiently for the light to change at 9th & Washington, instead of just crossing the street when there’s a break in traffic?  How about South & Broad?  Anyone waiting for that light?  Didn’t think so.)  But be that as it may, Ryan Avent responds with an excellent point that Vancouver people should keep in mind as we have this fight amongst ourselves:

[C]yclists typically have no natural place on the road. Pedestrians have sidewalks and cars have their lanes, and a cyclist must navigate his way between the two, which isn’t easy or comfortable. For a pedestrian to complain about cyclists is to misunderstand all the main sources of imbalance in the sharing of the road — cars are the most dangerous and take up the bulk of the space, and it’s only because pedestrians and cyclists are jockeying for the small area of relative safety at the edge of the road that conflicts between them arise. Cyclists simply aren’t the problem. Undue deference to cars on city streets is the problem.

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