The rise of bicycling and the expansion of bike lanes can at times provoke strong negative reactions in people, whether it’s at public meetings, newspaper comment boards, or casual conversations. Sometimes the arguments against bike lanes can border on absurdity and demonstrate an entrenched bias toward driving. Over the weekend, #ReplaceBikeWithCar was a trending topic on Twitter as people poked fun at these arguments; each tweet satirized anti-bike rhetoric commonly used to argue against bike lanes. Here are some highlights:

#ReplaceBikeWithCar “What bothers me about cars is how often you see drivers just completely disobeying all the traffic laws” — Jane Doe, MD (@DrJaneChi) April 5, 2014

You drive a car? Car drivers sure break the law a lot. The other day, someone in a car ran a stop sign on my street! #ReplaceBikeWithCar — Emily (@erpurc) April 4, 2014

Those drivers act too entitled already, giving them more car lanes will make it even worse #ReplaceBikeWithCar — Christopher Kidd (@BikeBlogChris) April 4, 2014

“We shouldn’t build any more car lanes until cars use the car lanes that are available.” #ReplaceBikeWithCar — Mary Lauran Hall (@MaryLauran) April 4, 2014

#ReplaceBikeWithCar “Cars have limitations. They aren’t a viable transportation option for people with disabilities or the aged.” Oh. Wait. — Amadi (@amaditalks) April 5, 2014

You’re seriously going to drive your car home? Ok, well, be safe. #ReplaceBikeWithCar — Zach Williams (@zacharywil) April 5, 2014

We’re sorry a bicyclist assaulted you, but you should have known better than to be out driving a car. #ReplaceBikeWithCar #PoliceLectures — Gary Kavanagh (@GaryRidesBikes) April 4, 2014

Over 30,000 Americans are killed each year by bikes. #ReplaceBikeWithCar — Copenhagenize/Mikael (@copenhagenize) April 6, 2014

As is often the case with satire, the above tweets (although somewhat humorous) illustrate an important message. The disdain many motorists show toward cyclists is merely a matter of perspective, and when viewed from a different angle many drivers are guilty of the same things they complain about.

We’ve written about it before, but it seems like the us against them attitude on both sides of the fence can be a serious impediment to  progress when it comes to building bike friendly cities and increasing safety for riders and motorists alike. In this case, it’s nice that a few people on Twitter could have a bit of fun while pointing that out.

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Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Since 1972 he has been helping seriously injured victims throughout northern California fight & win their personal injury cases. Andy is one of the top awarded & recognized wrongful death lawyers in northern California.