Saturday, August 15, 2015

Banned by Streetsblog

Mark Kaepplein sends this in:

I got blacklisted from streetsblog without explanation. The comment that they wouldn't post was on the danger to pedestrians of protected bike lanes: 


Rob's comment:

When I was banned from commenting by Streetsblog last year, Bialick at least provided a lie as justification:

Rob, you've long shown a clear pattern of asking the same questions and having them answered, over and over again. We welcome productive and sincere conversation, but that's not what this is.

Streetsblog is for True Believers in the anti-car, pro-bike, smart growth doctrine. I still look at the site periodically to see what the party line is on city issues. Their "Today's Headlines" feature provides a daily body count from what they view as a traffic war on the country's streets, as motor vehicles attack cyclists and pedestrians.

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16 Comments:

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Streetsblog also seems to ignore cyclist injuries caused by solo falls (without an automobile vehicle being involved) and instead they lump all cycling injuries together and pretend they are caused by evil auto drivers. Their hatred of cars seems to be almost some sort of fetish, and I have often wondered if it is not a luddite fantasy they desire?

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Rob, the "clear pattern" they're talking about is your apparent delusion that the bicycle is somehow the greatest threat to street safety (while simultaneously being statistically insignificant) and should not be accommodated in public infrastructure in any way, shape or form. Your willful ignorance of the massive dangers, deaths and injuries that occur regularly at the hands of the worst drivers among us is beyond reprehensible. It is, indeed, the defining characteristic of your persona as it pertains to transportation.

As for the jacka$$ in the above video, I guarantee he's a sh---ty driver, too. The difference is that there is no chance this lady would have survived if the jacka$$ were in his car. A shame that few people are so appalled when a mother is put in the ICU and all of her kids are killed by such a driver:

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33101795-75/springfield-driver-cited-after-accident-that-killed-3-kids-in-crosswalk.html.csp

If you're going to use death and injury as a metric for what doesn't belong on the roads, then cars should be the first thing to go. But you and Mark already know this. That you know this fact and you continue to attempt to bully bikes out of existence is exactly why you are banned from streetsblog.

 
At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are European bike riders so polite compared to Americans? I never saw bike riders in Copenhagen riding through stop signs or red lights, but they do here. What is it about modern urban cyclists that make them feel they are entitled to not pay for any of their infrastructure (see outrage over possible bike toll on bridges) yet they scream when they are issued citations for not following basic safety laws.

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Anon 12:43. You're surely not Rob Anderson flogging the same tired assumptions with zero reality to back it up. Did you know that you have a Wikipedia page? :https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

 
At 8:53 AM, Blogger Lex said...

I got banned from the NY Streetsblog when I commented on an article that mentioned that the son of the founder of the Brooklyn Brewing Company was killed in a cycling accident. I pointed out that the accident occurred near midnight after the son was drinking for almost 6 hours in various bars and when he chose to cross the East river riding in a vehicle lane, not a bike lane.

Boom. Post deleted. Banned for life.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/son-brooklyn-brewery-owner-27-killed-bridge-bicycling-accident-article-1.258627

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

I posted the link to the news story not to show a hit and run cyclist but how a protected bike lane created a new danger - cyclists hitting pedestrians who were driving those parked cars.

Today I went for a look at streetsblog. Same ole same ole. Lynch a driver for hitting a jaywalker. Atlanta suffers from too much cheap parking. The #2 predictor of transit system failure is enough and affordable parking. http://clatl.com/atlanta/atlantas-parking-addiction/Content?oid=15097198

 
At 7:24 PM, Anonymous sfthen said...

These streetsblog types, both editor and allowed commenters, are just Rush Limbaughs On Bicycles, the same myopic righteous indignation. They don't like living in a city, they want to turn SF into where they came from, what they remember of bicycling when twelve years old in a suburb with wide tree-lined streets and no cars.

A lot of not-their-kind came to SF before they did to be part of the mix, not to change it into some vapid and basically suburban idea of "urban." If the sreetsblog types like the trappings of suburbia so much (no traffic, cul-de-sacs, etc) why don't they just go back where they came from, leave SF to the people who are willing to make the commitment necessary to live here?

"Street hockey strikes a nostalgic chord for my days growing up on a cul-de-sac." Aaron Bailick

It's pretty telling that Bailick was a communications major in college:
"The Simpsons: Faith Off" (#11.11) (2000)
Dr. Hibbert: Son, I'm afraid that leg is hanging by a thread.
Anton Lubchenko: Lubchenko must return to game!
Dr. Hibbert: [chuckles] Your playing days are over, my friend. But, you can always fall back on your degree in...
[reads chart]
Dr. Hibbert: communications? Oh, dear Lord!
Anton Lubchenko: I know! Is phony major. Lubchenko learn nothing. Nothing! [cries]

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://abc7news.com/traffic/bay-area-driving-declines-more-than-another-us-city/927923/

 
At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was also recently banned from streetsblog for defending captain sanford against very negative remarks jsut for doing his job and following the law. Streetsblog is so far out of touch with reality. it reminds me of tea party activists who are not willing to listen to any other viewpoints. if anyone disagrees, they are not allowed to post, and they must be a troll.

 
At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

with driving declining, and bicycling declining, walking and transite must be increasing

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was called a "troll' and "warned" for my comments questioning the ever increasing estimated costs of California High Speed Rail. Somehow, my comment posted on Streetsblog quoting a New York Times article that said that it would be less expensive for California tax payers to pay for every resident of the state to have 2 or 3 FREE round trip air tickets a year, than to pay the INTEREST charges on High Speed Rail debt was just too much for that crowd to handle. When did the New York Times become unacceptable to the Streetsblog crowd?

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

That new report on driving is from old 2013 data near the height of gas prices. Since then, driving is up about 2.6% on average across the country.

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

I'm on my way to getting banned elsewhere. -8 rating and dropping, causing all the comments to hide.
https://www.reddit.com/r/boston/comments/3hgpj9/sexual_assault_on_memorial_drive_in_cambridge/
My comment:"Sounds like he wasn't wearing a helmet since hair color was identified. Also doesn't respect red lights."

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You're probably pissing against the wind, but keep up the good work, Mark!

 
At 12:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you forget the real reason why you were banned?

Because you were either a moron at using the comment section or willfully being a jackass

"@Rob Andersson We have talked about this before and I have warned you that if you keep doing it, you will be banned. I've seen you use the "reply" button before, and just about every other regular commenter does it. You even write your own blog, so I doubt that you're unable to figure it out. This a last warning: If you keep starting new threads every time you leave a comment, you will be banned."

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

But that wasn't the reason Bialick gave for banning me. The issue you refer to was all about my lack of computer sophistication, not the contents of my comments. Streetsblog is where the anti-car, dumb Smart Growth folks go to congratulate themselves for being cool and with-it on public policy. They simply don't like dissenters upsetting the intellectual group hug.

 

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