I'd like to share with you all a story about the kind of harassment people riding bikes have to deal with in this supposedly "bicycle friendly" city, where our mayor repeatedly declares in speeches that "the car is no longer king":
I'm biking down Orchard Street here in JP on my way home from work this evening. I wait for a driver also turning onto Orchard to go first, since it's a narrow street, and they'd be stuck behind me for a while. We come upon an NStar construction crew and a Boston Police officer working the site. The driver slows to a near stop and the cop motions her through impatiently.
She drives slowly past the crew. I'm about 1-2 bike lengths behind. As she turns into her driveway right after the construction site, just a little further down the street, I hear the Nstar employee loudly say:
"If that were me, I'd stand on my brakes really hard and BOOM, that biker would go right into the back."
I stop, turn around, and come back to the construction site. I don't even get off my bicycle, and I'm clipped in with one foot, leaning on the other. Me: "If that were you, you'd do what?"
The cop practically runs across the street while the construction worker grins at me. Cop: "You came all the way back here for THAT?"
Nstar guy, with a big smile: "Yeah, that's right, I'd hit my brakes hard, with you riding so close like that"
Me, ignoring cop: "You think it's funny to make jokes about hurting people?"
Cop steps closer and yells at me: "Seriously? You came back here for that?"
Fearing the cop would falsely arrest me on made-up charges, I turn around and pedal off. As I biked away, NStar employee: "Yeah, I THOUGHT so."
So not only do people feel inspired to make jokes about maliciously and intentionally hurting us, but our police stand up for them!