Thursday, April 29, 2004

The O'Forester Factor:

Like many cycling websites we like to quote John Forester:

"Even ridicule the bikeway promoters. Sure, some will criticize that as ad hominem argument, but in this case such argument is entirely correct. The reason that Professor Pucher provides the arguments that he does in the urban planning literature is simply that he is prejudiced despite being so ignorant that he has no conception of his prejudices, of his own emotional state. That is the only satisfactory argument that explains how it is that one in his position, professor of urban planning with cycling interests, can be so utterly ignorant of actual bicycle transportation and its scientific literature. These people are writing as if they were geographers promoting the Flat Earth Society; all that they deserve are horse laughs. "