Free Parking

Free parking is getting to be rare in every major city and the debate is pretty much localized. Recently in a new york blog post by John Cassidy of the New Yorker the debate turned on bicycle lanes as an impediment to parking. His voice of the car driving majority speaks to the opposition, what he calls the “bicycle lobby”. In a three part blog post that has caused quite a stir among New Yorkers and the media, Cassidy back peddles and questions how he could be misunderstood in his views.

Cassidy’s is a believer of  course. He is a died in the wool elitist, energy guzzling, wetting his pants at the lose of  his unalienable rights to personal freedom. So what makes him any different than 85 percent of the public that drives cars in this country?

Like this blog, Cassidy’s blog entertains and offers an opinion that invites opposing views. So here I am in the Midwest and today my wife says to me I need to drive everyday. You know why? Because, I am so pissed off every time I get behind the wheel. Huh? What does she think this is going to do? Cure me? Make me more durable a driver? You know what kind of scowl I gave her? Could it be the inordinate energy we control as drivers is the cause of this blowback I’m experiencing?

Why I bicycle more and more,  because it’s the right thing to do? Not even close. Because it’s healthy? No way. Frankly, there are more idiots driving than ever before with no escaping them in a car. I got to get on my bike to get away from the fray. If I don’t someone is going to get hurt sooner or later, someone is going to have to pay. I’d give it up and gladly once and for all. Start seeing yourself not behind the wheel, feel the anger disappear.


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