1940s: “A Ride of Death” Chris February 28, 2012 1940-1949, Transport 34 CommentsFavourited 1422 times Add to favourites 34 Responses Joel February 28, 2012 What is disturbing is that very few of these accidents are the fault of the cyclist. Who decided it was OK to tailgate cyclists? Reply Gustavo February 28, 2012 Interesting for any country where bycicle riding is US developed, US manual’s of anything you might imagine. Reply CatM February 28, 2012 Can we get this reprinted for the dumbasses I see still doing all of this today? Reply CopperPin March 6, 2012 Yes, especially those Lance Armstrong wannabes that are always clogging up the roads. I make a point of forcing them to the shoulder whenever I can and this would remind them what will happen if they don’t move. Bicycles don’t pay licencing fees or road taxes and they have no right to be on the road. What are they training for that’s so important that they can get in everyone else’s way? Reply copperpinhead March 16, 2012 we ALL pay for the roads whether we drive, ride, walk, or stay at home. troll. Selena July 4, 2012 He was being witty and sarcastic. Idiot. Liam January 29, 2013 No, he was rude and inconsiderate like you. Anyone that gets stressed behind a cyclist has bigger issues with patience and kindness to humankind. Liam January 29, 2013 You better not walk on any sidewalks then, pedestrian wannabe. Stem slasher January 30, 2013 Time to crack open your dusty driver’s handbook and educate your brain. Bikes have a right to share the road. Baby strollers don’t pay road taxes either, yet they wear out your expensive crosswalks! Better give them the ol’ bumper thumper. SirFatty February 28, 2012 @Joel: I run over any cyclist I can find. Reply qka February 28, 2012 What a morbid publication. In the real world, injuries greatly outnumber deaths. Reply Bikenik February 28, 2012 From this publication it would seem the motor vehicle has the right-of-way in all situations and its ‘open season’ on the ‘careless’ cyclists that do not respect this rule. Reply William Furr February 28, 2012 Reads like car industry propaganda designed to scare people off of bicycles. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Shame the result was the virtual elimination of people on bicycles in the US aside from recreation on protected paths. These same scenarios could just as easily have been used to control and limit automobile speeds and usage. Almost every one of those drivers should have lost their license at a bare minimum and in many cases been sent to prison. Reply Brian Gonigal February 28, 2012 Wow, usually you have to watch read or watch a piece of 1930′s anti-marijuana propaganda to get this kind of hysteria, over-reaction and exaggeration of the consequences (according to this pamphlet, bicycle mishaps that *don’t* result in instant death or crippling for life are quite rare). It’s really hard not to come away from this with the strong impression that for some unfathomable reason someone was trying to terrify kids into never, ever getting on a bicycle to begin with. Was some crazy Fundamentalist preacher back then shouting that they were “tools of the Devil” or something? On a completely unrelated note, who in real life has *ever* referred to that vehicle as a “street transportation bus”? Reply Denny February 28, 2012 As a learning tool,these discriptions can make a young person more aware of their surroundings. A common sense lesson. Reply CJ February 28, 2012 @William Yes, every one of these fictional drivers should have faced consequences. It is an outrage that this government issued pamphlet on bicycling didn’t address the punishments these cartoon drivers received. IF ANY. Reply Michele February 28, 2012 “Safety” films and propaganda in those days was all about scare tactics. This safety film is about a safety monitor that dies and goes to heaven: http://historicfilms.com/search/?searchType=all&q=bicycle+safety+heaven#p1t3687i0o1318 Reply Joanne Powers February 28, 2012 Well I am afraid of riding bicycles these days, but those days I rode one every day and never saw this pamphlet. Looks like the early 40′s. Reply the13th February 29, 2012 As someone who has crashed very recently, this pamphlet is just utterly horrible to look at, or even fathom that some sadistic illustrator would make what looks like a huge morbid joke out of a very serious situation. Reply stib February 29, 2012 As the automobile grabbed more and more urban space, roads that used to be safe for pedestrians and children suddenly became dangerous. This is the propaganda that successfully changed our attitude to the space around us, and made us believe that is was OK for a large part of our urban area to be a no-go zone. Reply JetSetter March 1, 2012 reminds me of the The Gashlycrumb Tinies http://takalak.narod.ru/gorey/ Reply Steve Wilson March 1, 2012 Brutal. Cycling is really very safe but I still run into too many cyclist that don’t cycle safely. Bum deal. http://hillsandheadwinds.blogspot.com/2012/02/his-name-is-trouble.html Reply Michael March 1, 2012 The girls where just injured. The boys where killed. Reply RobVSF March 2, 2012 Moral: Don’t pumping hard. And certainly don’t pumping head-on. Reply Josh March 3, 2012 Girls shouldn’t try to keep up with boys lest they get injured. Reply John March 13, 2012 I’m embarassed to admit that this book was distributed to all students in my class in the 1st or 2nd grade (circa 1965-66). I remember it scared the piss outta me, but I still bashed up kneecaps and elbows many times while piloting my Schwinn Stingray. Reply Hairlips March 27, 2012 aaaah yes, doesnt everything lead to skull fractures and eventually death. Reply AH SO April 1, 2012 Reply Yoda April 15, 2012 What do you get when you cross the Tour de France with the Hunger Games? Reply Bill Thompson May 10, 2012 Well, thank goodness Big Brother has the good sense to mandate styrofoam helmets for everyone now. Everyone is safe! No more cracked skulls! And cars are much less pointy. X-D Reply Mike Barnett July 31, 2012 I’d like to see this pamphlet updated to show kids texting and/or walking around with earbuds stuffed into their skulls. I can’t believe all the whining about scare tactics and morbidity that I see in the posts. Is our society really that offended by stuff like this, even while we watch, and let our children watch, intensely violent movies and television? Are you kidding me?? Get off your false high horses, people. You want real morbidity? It’s not in pamphlets… take your kids to see the actual results of these accidents in the hospitals, extended care facilities, and morgues. Let a few kids get nauseated… at least they will have a chance to think about the consequences of their actions. Reply Andy McBurney August 22, 2012 Too bad people still blame the victim when the victim is on foot or bike. We deal with it all the time PEDS. We try to move away from the “blame the victim” mentality by personifying “the motorist” (these cartoons just talk about the car as if it were an inevitable force). Also, we try to explain how defensive behavior is necessary due to insufficient engineering. (ex: didn’t see the bus because the house limited visibility from the alley) You can’t scare people into traveling safer. Fear only coerces people to travel more narcissisticly and be more impatient and reckless (by whatever mode they choose to travel). Reply Safety Manuals November 19, 2012 Thanks for sharing Bicycle safety Manual. Reply Julio March 2, 2014 I guess that chivalry still dictated a lot back then. The girls didn’t get killed like the boys did. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.