Re: [carfree_cities] 2 hit and runs in 2 days and safety principles to be derived from the experience
- Simon Baddeley wrote:
>I've applied them in Los Angeles, and if they work here, they work
> Dear Wade
> 2 immediate thoughts....
> I suspect that if one is assiduous in obeying the rules of Vehicular Cycling
> it will also work ... but do I have the courage? I would very much like to
> cycle with you in Montreal and see your principles in action
anywhere, I suspect.
"Life is complicated and not for the timid."
- Simon wrote:
> > I suspect that if one is assiduous in obeying the rules of VehicularRichard replied:
> > Cycling it will also work ... but do I have the courage? I would very
> > much like to cycle with you in Montreal and see your principles in
> > action
> I've applied them in Los Angeles, and if they work here, they workI hesitate to contribute to this thread, because it really *is* off-topic
> anywhere, I suspect.
for this list, but it's also extremely important, so. . . just a few more
comments before we wrench ourselves back to carfree cities:
I know how Simon feels, and how frightening the prospect seems to many,
perhaps most, cyclists, but there is just no question that Wade and Richard
are correct. Vehicular cycling is a safer way to share the roads with
autos, by an order of magnitude, than any other style of operation.
With respect to the situation discussed earlier, cyclists should always
take the lane when it is too narrow to permit safe side-by-side operation
of bicycles and motor vehicles. It may feel scary at first, but I assure
you that motorists are much more likely to hit a cyclist when squeezing
past in a narrow lane than when forced to slow down and wait behind a
cyclist making full use of the lane. And you should never ride in the door
Quite frankly, the unpredictable, furtive, darting, law-breaking,
sidewalk-and-gutter-bunny style of bicycle operation that prevails almost
everywhere in North America is not only more dangerous, is not merely
evidence of operator incompetence, it also demonstrates the same sort of
arrogant, selfish me-firstism that characterizes our auto-dominated
culture. Cyclists who operate this way typically treat pedestrians as
poorly as motorists treat them.
Having said all that, I need to confess that I have been cycling and
walking, in urban and suburban areas, less and less over the past few
years, as my increasing girth will testify. In both cases, it's not so
much that I'm afraid, although it can certainly be frightening out there.
Rather, the noisy, stinking, soul-destroying mess has finally left me too
disgusted to want to bother. If we can't build some livable carfree urban
districts, I'm heading back to the woods.
Let's get on with it.