The Right to Yell

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I have been thinking about the idea of the right to express displeasure with dangerous drivers while biking. On the one hand, I hate being negative, but on the other hand, if everyone expressed their displeasure at the car parked in the bike lane, or the car that speeds within inches of you in the shared bike lane, maybe it wouldn’t happen as much. But then I remember that most of the bike commuters in my Queens neighborhood are Latino men, possibly without legal status, and they may not even have the privilege to yell that I do. So I try not to get outraged at the horrible, bullying behavior that we have to tolerate as cyclists and pedestrians. But it really feels unfair that is it expected that we stay quiet and tolerate traffic violence, while divers are allowed to enjoy their privilege.

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