D.C. bicyclists ride in protest over Washington Post column labeling them 'terrorists'

Cyclists gather for protest ride in Dupont Circle. (Photo: WJLA/Suzanne Kennedy Mason)

WASHINGTON (WJLA/WTOP) -- The car versus bike debate on area roads exploded Thursday afternoon, with about three-dozen cyclists riding from Dupont Circle to the Washington Post headquarters building downtown in protest.

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The cyclists' demonstration came after Post columnist Courtland Milloy characterized them as "biker terrorists out to rule the road."

In his controversial column headlined "Bicyclist bullies try to rule the road in D.C." Milloy vented frustrations many motorists have with the challenge of sharing the road with a burgeoning number of cyclists in the city.

Milloy's column lamented the loss of parking and car travel lanes to paths for bikes and questioned the $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist.

D.C. bicyclist Michael Forster said he organized the protest ride because Milloy's "column really touched a nerve with a lot of people. I didn't like the reference to terrorists."

Forster said his group was hoping to meet with Milloy and his editors to discuss why cyclists deserve their respect.