Our own Jonathan Swift
Roger Marolt’s piece in the Times about agro mountain bikers was a well done satire (“A few ironclad rules of the road for multi-use trails,” June 10, 2011, The Aspen Times).
He had me steaming for a few paragraphs in. You never know where he’s going to tack. The pecking order on the trail has always been horse, person, bike. There was a time when dirt bikes, Jeeps, and Prussian half-tracks had last rights.
By flipping that around, Marolt chummed up some blind-sided suckers who wrote self-righteous letters to the editor, but all around the important safety message got out. It’s always amazing how many suffering literalists there are out there.
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