Selfish And Clueless

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — I’m very glad that spring is here, and I’m sure you’re happy, too, that you won’t have to hear me rant about people not clearing the snow off their car windows after a storm for another eight months or so.

After today, that is.

On Sunday morning, I was passed by a car with its entire rear windshield covered. Three swipes with a snow broom would have taken care of the inch we got, but that was apparently too much trouble.

I thought of the mentality of that driver yesterday when I read the terrible story of a bicycle crash on the Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington on Sunday that killed a 71-year-old man.

It’s unclear what caused the accident. But the comments below the Globe story are filled with nightmarish accounts of the heedless selfishness that is routinely on display on the Bikeway.

Wrote one: “I avoid bike paths on weekends because they are [so] crowded….trying to ride on them at peak times is dangerous to everyone involved.”

Added another: “Many of the people don't use the path in a way that's conducive to sharing. You have cyclists on road bikes going pretty fast, and people out for a stroll (sometimes with strollers or pets) often walking two or three abreast and taking up the whole path.”

This is why we can’t have nice things.

And you wonder: for what sort of person is it too much trouble to give a moment’s thought to the common good when using a public space?

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