“Roadways are made for vehicles, not cyclists.” Cpl. Matt Brown, Springfield Police Department.
Our roadways are made for people, not particular machines.
The officer made this unfortunate and damaging statement in an article this morning in the Springfield News-Leader.
I wonder if this is the same officer who last year honked at my daughter and told her to ride on the sidewalk?
Thankfully, the reporter interviewed Ozarks Greenways STAR Team members David Hutchison and Terry Whaley. Despite a lot maddening misunderstandings and mythology on the part of police and bicyclists, the article does point out more education is necessary for bicyclists (let me suggest CyclingSavvy). More education is also necessary for police officers, and, thankfully, that’s coming because of an initiative by the STAR Team.
Whaley makes this statement: “One or two cyclists can destroy a year’s worth of work you’ve done with the motor vehicle community.” That’s certainly true.
But I think Officer Brown’s statement is far more damaging of our efforts. How many motor vehicle drivers this morning will encounter a bicyclist on the way to work and think to themselves “you don’t belong” because Cpl. Matt Brown says roads are for cars. How many will honk?
Thanks for making my life more difficult Officer Brown.
UPDATE: I was just interviewed by KSMU for a story about safe traffic bicycling. I’ll post a link when it becomes available.