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May 27, 2007

CafePress and the Sale of Anti-Cycling Merchandise

A great collection of T-Shirts, Stickers, and more, can be found on CafePress, that Cyclists can use to promote Safe Cycling, and Sharing the Road with motorists.

An extremely disturbing side note is related to the half dozen vile Anti-Cyclist items still seen on the page as being for sale.

They are/were being sold by 1 person, and the vile image of a car hitting a bicycle, and bicyclist, is accompanied by the words:

Stay the Fuck off the Road Asshole, OR It's the Law ( Of Physics ).

Another item just has the words: I DON'T Share the Road.

Another item has the image, and both statements.

For some reason the items are no longer for sale. ;-D

Whether they were removed by the seller, or by Cafe Press, due to the outrage of the Cycling Community, is so far a mystery, as is why they are still on this page at all.

Cafe Press should be made aware that this type of encouragement to violence is dangerous to cyclists, and unworthy of the support, even indirectly, of their Company.

You would expect better judgment to be exhibited on behalf of management.

Please call Caf├ęPress at (877) 809-1659, Toll-Free, to let them know you find this type of behavior reprehensible, offensive, and irresponsible.

Below please see Caf├ęPress's position on this:

Thank you for contacting CafePress.com!

Thank you for contacting CafePress.com. As you may know, CafePress.com provides an automated service to a rich and vibrant community of individuals across the globe who differ in their views about what is considered offensive. All product images and ideas used in connection with the CafePress.com Service have been provided to CafePress.com by users and do not reflect the opinions of CafePress.com. While we don't endorse any particular position, we respect the right of individuals to express their own opinions. Thank you for bringing this content to our attention.

If there is anything else I can do for you please let me know.

Best Regards,

Mark M
CafePress.com Support Associate
(877) 809-1659 Toll-Free
(402) 517-4480 Local/International
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Monday - Saturday (EST)
cafepress.com

Oh, yeah, there is MOST DEFINITELY something else you can do sir!

You can make sure that ANY ITEM promoting the committing of violence toward Bicyclists, or encourages the death of Bicyclists, IS NOT SOLD thru your website... IMMEDIATELY!!

In a similar vein I strongly support the  same policy toward such attitudes against Motorists, Walkers, and Joggers, as well.

Thanks must go to Lou Elin Dwyer, Advocacy Coordinator of the League of American Cyclists, for the heads up, and to the League Blog, for spreading the word!

May 27, 2007 in Share the Road, and Trail: Safety Matters! | Permalink

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