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In another BikePortland first, “Comment of the Week” has selected the same commenter two weeks in a row. What can I say? For someone who is square he sure is on a roll.
BikePortland has a few commenters who are, to put it neutrally, contrarian. Like pieces of orange rind in the fruitcake, they can be counted on to provide a bitter note.
This week’s comment by Squareman pivots off one of these bits of negativity to offer a wonderful list of bicycling privileges to counter our list of driving privileges.
Here’s what Squareman wrote:
Let me start:
[Bicycling privilege is when you…]
— Can legally operate as a vehicle or a pedestrian in Oregon
— Don’t have to fill up on gas or pay gas taxes
— Don’t have to register the vehicle or use plates
— Doesn’t require a license to drive
— See the city all the better without it whizzing by
— Can more easily fix your vehicle yourself
— You’d have to try really, really hard to kill someone with a bike
— Your brain health is better
— Your heart health is better
— Traffic will never immobilize you
— You can put your vehicle on the bus or MAX
— You can ride directly on the waterfront, along the river
— Are legally allowed to roll stopsigns, provided there’s no one to yield to
— Can carry your vehicle up stairs and over obstacles (not all bikes)