Update – Show Notes: Host Lynn Neary displayed a very clear and obvious anti-cyclist bias in this show, labeling cyclists as “arrogant” and “self righteous,” accusing cyclists of riding recklessly, causing collisions, getting in the way of motorists and causing road rage. Neary make Rob Anderson’s speaking points for him — she listed the potential problems of San Francisco’s bike plan and let Anderson elaborate on them — while all of her questions toward Noah Budnick were challenges about rude, law breaking cyclists. Neary allowed Anderson to respond to Budnick’s points.
For example, Noah Budnick noted that current research that shows accommodating different transportation modes is not a zero sum game, like Anderson claims, but that traffic demand is elastic. Case after case shows that when commuters are given alternatives, they’ll make use of those different modes. Anderson was then allowed to respond; he sneered a little about transportation “experts” — you could almost hear the quote marks in his voice — and expressed his distaste toward experts and planners who shove their design paradigms down the throats of the public.
Host Neary constantly brought up law breaking cyclists — I think she was trying to get a rise out of Budnick. Budnick said that studies show that most accidents are caused by inattentive motorists, not cyclists. Noah also pointed listeners to “Why bicyclists hate stop signs” (PDF), but reiterated that Transportation Alternatives constantly reminds cyclists to obey the rules of the road.
Neary then introduced a guest from Seattle (I didn’t catch his name), but he was woefully unprepared for the subject and didn’t know what was going on with cycling advocacy. Seattle man was clueless about the pioneering work of traffic engineer Hans Monderman. When asked about bicycle education efforts, he lamely responded that cities hand out pamphlets to cyclists — he was completely unaware that the Cascade Bicycle Club in his own city will teach bicycle safety education to 12,000 students this year.
San Francisco anti-bike crusader Rob Anderson and Transportation Alternatives Noah Budnick were guests today on NPR’s Talk of the Nation radio program. The show will be available for online listening later tonight.
You might enjoy this exchange between Anderson and Robert Hurst over at Anderson’s District 5 Diary blog.