Just in case anyone needs a laugh (even a “seriously?!?” one) this Monday afternoon as much as I do, here’s a picture that ran on the website of the leading newspaper of my homestate (The Birmingham News) today.
Distinctive new road markings, or “sharrows,” on 14th Street South between UAB and Southside in Birmingham alert drivers that they are sharing the road with bicycles.
But what about this picture does not fit that caption? Oh yeah, the bicycles riding on the SIDEWALK. Seems an odd choice to put with a story like this one, since it in no way illustrates what the sharrows are. Not to shame those riders for making the choice that makes them feel safe, but this photo sends some mixed messages to say the least.
Dear B’ham News: Please call the women at BikeSkirt the next time you want to take a photo to illustrate a story about cycling.