Bikas founder Joe Linton will be a guest tonight on KCRW radio‘s Which Way L.A.? The news radio segment airs at 7pm-8pm today, August 16th 2012, at 89.9 on your FM dial. You can listen online – then or after – too.
Tonight’s program will feature a 10-minute segment discussing the recent New York Times article If Kant were a New York cyclist. In that article, Randy Cohen aka The Ethicist (if you’re unfamiliar with him, watch this excellent Streetfilm), argues that, in some situations where nobody is endangered or harmed, it’s safe and ok and ethical for bicyclists to break the law.
An excerpt from the NYT article:
I roll through a red light if and only if no pedestrian is in the crosswalk and no car is in the intersection — that is, if it will not endanger myself or anybody else. To put it another way, I treat red lights and stop signs as if they were yield signs. A fundamental concern of ethics is the effect of our actions on others. My actions harm no one. This moral reasoning may not sway the police officer writing me a ticket, but it would pass the test of Kant’s categorical imperative: I think all cyclists could — and should — ride like me.
I am not anarchic; I heed most traffic laws. I do not ride on the sidewalk (O.K., except for the final 25 feet between the curb cut and my front door, and then with caution). I do not salmon, i.e. ride against traffic. In fact, even my “rolling stops” are legal in some places.
Tune in tonight!