“They’re killing us” muttered Stacey Randecker as she watched the ambulance finally pull out of her bike lane on a rainy San Francisco morning.
We live in a kingdom of victimhood, and Stacey has just been crowned the new Queen. Because, you see, Bicyclist is now a recognized identity, and according to a recent SF Chronicle op-ed by Ruth Malone:
In short, hating on Bicyclists is the modern form of bigotry. Rightfully so, these people did not choose to live as Bicyclists. They were born into a world of impending doom, urban overpopulation, air pollution and emissions accelerating climate change. At least, that is, according to a recent briefing by the World Economic Forum:
Electrifying private vehicles is not enough to achieve the emissions reduction targets agreed in the Paris Agreement on climate. In order to create more equitable, liveable and healthy cities, a diverse range of approaches is required.
Electrification needs to be accelerated in sync with a powerful push towards more efficient, accessible and connected public transport, improved infrastructure and priority for cycling and walking
In order to save the world, we must prioritize Ruth and Stacey. We must center their voices and lived experiences. They are valid.
Prioritizing bikes is a major pillar of the degrowth movement
It’s easy to write this absurd behavior off as a top-down brainwashing from the Davos Reptile Class. But something about that rings hollow. Why would these women relate their experiences as People of Cycling to that of black or gay people, who, despite the insanely-woke current culture, actually were historically subject to real bigotry? How do these women not see this clear absurdity on the face of it?
The promotion of bicycling as the dominant form of transportation has been pushed in concert from top-down, and bottom up for decades now via the Degrowth Movement. At the 2010 Conference on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equality, a working group of volunteers and academics came up with a number of political and research proposals. On a slide titled Moratoria on new infrastructure, one bullet states “transformation of some existing infrastructure must be promoted: smaller and more compact cities, converting car based infrastructure to walking and cycling”
Just like virtually every other “social justice” organization, degrowth emerged out of the “grassroots” halls of academia where eager, well-meaning young minds were massaged to be radical in just the right way to conform with ruling elite policy, but still feel like it they had an idea which originated with them, and therefore representative of the ailing masses. Like loaded guns, these young minds have had their youthful angst and ambition to “fight the power” manipulated to act in service of the power they purport to be fighting.
The 2010 Conference on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equality, of course, followed from the first international conference (Paris, April 2008), that took place with the support of the Malthusian Club of Rome, the think tank behind the World Economic Forum.
Bike Identity is one of those weird multi-headed monsters. Because it has no legitimate ties to any kind of real bigotry, it’s completely built off of an elite policy of forced poverty and austerity, but has a false air of grassroots indignation, it creates a group of people who are self-righteous for exactly the wrong reasons.
All that without even mentioning the uptick of of excess deaths in places where degrowth bike policy is pushed hardest.