"It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine." Washington Post column, July 8, 2014.
Many of you have read the Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy’s attack-piece on cyclists in DC. There have been thoughtful, rationale, and intelligent responses already: read WABA’s response, Washington City Paper , and WashCycle.
The Post tried to contain the damage by publishing It’s time to tone down the tirades against bicyclists, by “transportation reporter and avid bicyclist” Ashley Halsey III.
But what infuriates us is that the second Post piece does not mention Milloy’s call for violence:
“It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.”
His rhetorical use of “some drivers” does nothing to disguise his venom and very real threat. The bicycle accident lawyers at Bike Law know this all too well.
Let’s forget about Milloy. He’s a lost cause.
Let’s focus on the Paper he works for, a Paper that somehow let his threat hit the newsstands.
There was a protest ride from Dupont Circle to the Paper yesterday. Let’s think of other ways to keep the protest going!
Bike Law founder and bicycle crash lawyer Peter Wilborn has raced, toured, commuted, and ridden his bike daily for fun. In 1998, Peter had a bike tragedy in his own family, realized firsthand the need for lawyers who understand cycling, and devoted his law practice to Bike Law.