Drivers and cyclists don’t have to be angry and fearful. With smart planning, a city can design safe roads for all.
This is one of the better write-ups I’ve seen on the whole discussion around cyclists obeying rules of the road. Quite simply, the rules don’t fit. And don’t get me started on motorists not obeying rules. (Like cyclists are the only ones rolling through stop signs.) A change in mindset is needed. It’s starting to happen here in Chicago, but there is a long way to go. Simply look at the way residents have cried out in anger at speed cameras. These are cameras, that will automatically ticket you for not obeying the law. (gasp!) Until we change our mindset and get serious about making the roads safer for all users, these arguments about paying your fair share (cyclists pay taxes too!) or following the “rules of the road” (just because you saw one cyclist run a red light doesn’t mean we all do) will persist.
You’re going to like my next HuffPo article.
"But what happens if you take a step back, and consider the possibility that such behavior is an inevitable result of the infrastructure we have? It’s a shared car-bike infrastructure that satisfies no one, encourages and even causes risky interactions, and self-selects for risk-taking. And it’s absolutely not inevitable—it’s the result of decades of confused policy, based on the essential flaw that bikes should be treated and operated like cars, being confusingly remedied. Other countries took a different route decades ago, and none do it better than the Dutch.”
“Meanwhile, the seed of Dutch cycling was planted in the United States, if very briefly. Californian cities like Davis, Palo Alto, and Berkeley began to implement Dutch-inspired infrastructure. But then a funny thing happened—arguably the original sin of cycling in America. A British-born Californian traffic engineer named John Forester, the son of C.S. Forester, began to advocate for a concept called “vehicular cycling,” popularized in the book Effective Cycling (recently re-released by MIT Press).”
john forester is one of the root causes of evil!! he’s now buried himself in his home in lemon grove, ca (san diego) on bike forums repeating his old claim that there is no evidence that separate bike infrastructure is safe. whereas in reality, news reports consistently tell of cyclists getting killed on dangerous streets (forced to “vehicularly cycle”).