Critical Mass

For all his faults, Mayor Daley wins me over with his bicycle enthusiasm. These few snowy months without the bike are difficult, but Daley does what he can to make more people want to ride.

The mayor introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would slap fines ranging from $150 to $500 on motorists who turn left or right in front of someone on a bicycle; pass with less than three feet of space between car and bike; and open a vehicle door into the path of a cyclist.

Daley, an avid rider, said he personally has been involved in unhappy encounters with motorists, providing them with “a few choice words” and “salutes” that he said were delivered “in the Chicago way.”

In case you want to know what we are up against, just read the comments on this story. It has been my experience that people driving 2,000 pounds of gas-powered machinery don’t understand the difference between them and a guy on a bike. And the ones on the phone don’t even know you’re there. The Chicago Way is the only way to deal with these bastards.

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