In a Low Key Piece, the L.A. Times Shows How It’s Done When It Comes to Discussing Traffic Enforcement
Today, the Los Angeles Times published its own opinion piece by Robert Greene of the #roadsharela team discussing the reality that drivers are too often excused for behavior that endangers or even kills cyclists and pedestrians. While Greene’s piece doesn’t offer prescriptions or bash the police and prosecutors for their boredom whenever a person is killed in the street by a vehicle.
Greene’s piece is a pretty quick read, and the format is easy to follow: some storytelling from attendees at the California Bike Summit, a quick review of some prescriptions, and an even quicker show of support.
The Los Angeles Times’ column won’t attract the attention that the New York Times op/ed did this weekend, and that’s too bad. Greene manages to stay away from inflammatory headlines, victim blaming, silly graphics or the now-obligatory paragraph castigating the rampant law-breaking that apparently the vast majority of cyclists do hundreds of times everyday just to annoy opinion columnists and message board contributors.
Heck, the L.A. Times story even uses an image from a recent Ovarian Psycos ride without commenting on the lack of helmets being worn by the riders.
And that’s a good thing.
The problem with the New York Times piece which doesn’t appear in the L.A. Times piece is there is no false equivalency. As has been pointed out in Streetsblog, Biking in L.A. and Bike Snob, the New York Times, while bravely stating it is not o.k. to intentionally kill a cyclist, still paints the problem of cops not enforcing the law as partially “the cyclists” fault. Read more…