Bicyclists Plan to Protest Washington Post After Column Calls Them ‘Terrorists’

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A group of bicyclists are planning to ride to The Washington Post headquarters Thursday to protest a controversial column in which the author seemingly condoned violence against two-wheel riders in the District.

In a column published July 8, Courtland Milloy referred to D.C. bicyclists as “terrorists” that have “more nerve than an L.A. biker gang.”

Upset by some behaviors exhibited by bicyclists such as spitting on cars, kicking doors, and hitting side mirrors during disputes with motorists, Milloy suggests the $500 fine for hitting a biker in the nation’s capital might be worth it.

Milloy points out that many bike riders disobey laws by riding on the sidewalk and going the wrong way in designated bike lanes.

He also says “bikers routinely worm their way to the front of a line of cars waiting at a red light.” He adds “when the light turns green, they’ll poke along at a snail’s pace, holding up traffic while motorists wait for a chance to pass.”

Angered that the paper printed the column, bicyclists plan to ride from Dupont Circle to the paper’s headquarters on 15th and L Street at 1 p.m. Thursday.

A Facebook page created to promote the event says the ride will be “peaceful, safe, and law-abiding.”

The cyclists are hoping to speak with Milloy and the editors.

As of Thursday morning, about 40 riders are have said they will be participating.

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