Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

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1. Read through the counter argument to Simon’s discussion:


Summarize the counter argument and comment on it – do you agree or disagree.

The first thing I notice when I read this article is the title, “Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things”. I automatically want to read further because I want to know who the “dumb” people would be in the scenario, bike riders, or non-bike riders?

The article refers to the NPR’s Scott Simon and his tweet about cyclists assuming they are “above the law”. Already, the author has a different viewpoint then the previous article because he refers to Simon as a man of experience with “unimpeachable credentials.” The author, Alviani, sympathizes with the tweet and argues that we’ve all been there. However, what the previous author failed to include was the second tweet Simon had about drivers being “dangerous too” and explains that he was on a walk with his daughters and a cyclist rode by without watching for pedestrians. If the previous author included this tweet, maybe the comments would have been different. However, in this article, the author included this tweet to compare them and argue that both of them “overgeneralize” bikers, pedestrians and car drivers just from that one incident. I agree with this because I think Simon has had many more instances where he interacted with bikers, pedestrians and drivers in a positive way than negative scenarios. Obviously this moment stuck out to him because the biker put his daughter, his family, in harms way, which could compel any other Father to get their thoughts out there.

Alviani discusses both sides of the argument and even searches for answers and popular opinions on the idea of bikers thinking that they are “above the law,” which he defines is “fundamental attribution error.” This is also something I can relate to and have mentioned in the previous blog post about the article attacking Simon’s tweet. I believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to be mindful of others around us and to always watch out for ignorant people. As I have said before, we learn as licensed car drivers to watch out for pedestrians, bikers, and other cars because accidents happen. This is something out of our control and only we can make it better if we remain aware and attentive.


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