Classic Case of Bias
Colluminst Steven Beaven failed to address facts
raised by MIMA that
proves a messenger's riding behavior was lawful. In his follow up
collumn Beaven addresses readers' defence of the messenger but fails
to acknowledge that the messenger' may have been riding in a lawful
He continues to refer to the messenger as "reckless" and "dangerous."
He does however respond to MIMA in personal e-mail:
"In what way was this guy
legally passing? He wasn't. There is nothing in the law that says he was making a legal
maneuver on the bicycle. I was
there. And I know the statute."
Here again is the statute and Mr Beaven's clear statements that the
messenger was passing him:
On March 7th Beaven decribed the "reckless" behavior this way:
"It was odd, we thought: a
cyclist passing between two cars on a busy, one-way downtown street."
And that's his entire
It lead him to road rage, honk his horn
and ignore section (2)(a) of ORS
(2) A person is NOT in violation of
the offense under this section if the person is not operating a bicycle
as close as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway under
any of the following circumstances:
(a) When overtaking
and PASSING another bicycle or vehicle that is proceeding in the same
Beaven was there but his
bias prevents him from knowing the statute.
The Oregonian, March 14, 2005
By Steve Beaven
Memo to self:
When you seek "thoughtful" responses and ask readers to "spare us the
tiresome rants," what you actually are doing is asking for vitriol,
anger and profane outrage.
But that was just the guy from Hillsboro.
Most of the readers who responded to our little run-in with the
daredevil bike messenger a few weeks ago were, indeed, thoughtful.
They raised several important points about this gentleman and his
dangerous move in between two moving cars on a one-way street: Perhaps
our reckless bike messenger was worried about riding in the lane
closest to the curb, one reader suggested, because he didn't want to
get knocked over by someone opening their car door. This is a
legitimate concern, but not enough to justify riding in between moving
cars and putting the safety of drivers, passengers and himself at risk.
While cyclists can't split traffic like our friend, they can ride in
the middle of the lane if it's too narrow for side-by-side travel,
according to Roger Geller, bicycle coordinator for Portland's Office of
Transportation. He also points out that on a one-way street, cyclists
can ride close to the left curb or the right curb. This guy is just a
working stiff, some readers said. He doesn't make much money and he's
under lots of pressure, without having some fat cat honking at him.
Well, cry us a river, OK?
Besides, our all-fiber diet has rendered us svelte and sexy. Honking
your horn at a cyclist could distract him, forcing him to take his eyes
off the road, creating a danger for the cyclist and those around him.
Good point. Honking in anger is generally not a good idea, though we
must admit, we do it all the time.(Bad Back Seat driver! Bad Back Seat
But in a case like this one, it could be helpful to let the fellow know
he's dangerously close to the cars, and it's best to get in a safe
Sure, maybe it angered our buddy a few weeks ago. But it also helped
alleviate a dangerous situation.
And it gave the fella in Hillsboro a chance to combine bad words and
nonsense, creating his own little language.