Re: [carfree_cities] Laws of cycling chaos
- On 5 May 2001, at 16:47, Kevin Pfeiffer wrote:
>(...)Nor do I believe that it is necessary to be more Catholic than the
> No one obeys all the traffic rules. Neither motorist, nor cyclist.
> Some cyclists, suffering from an excessive amount of "act white and
> everything will be alright," believe that they they should ride letter
> perfectly. Me, I take my lessons from motorists; they've taught me
> rolling stops, running yellow lights, lane splitting (from the
> motorcyclists) and most important: predictability.
Pope. However, I think that it's important politically, if not
practically, for cyclists to remain on the moral high ground. I
always try to obey the laws at least as well as motorists - or
better. For example I do stop for red lights, as do motorists.
(Happily, the exceptions are very rare.) However, I am often on the
pedals and moving across the heavy white stop line when the light
changes to green and I try to make as good a rolling stop at stop
signs as your average motorist. (I should note that there is some
talk in North America about changing the majority of "stops" to
"yield", as is the norm in Europe.) I think that enforcement of traffic
law needs to be enforced better than it is now, especially with
respect to speed limits.
Wade Eide, who only speeds in the 40 kmh zone in Westmount
when he has a wind in his back.