RE: [carfree_cities] traffic safety -- risk taking - pondering "language"
> My own motivation for cycling has changed over time. Originally, I wasMy motivations have followed yours throughout the years,
> doing it to be 'environmental' and for my own health. But since my
> accident, I've been doing it to raise awareness that cyclists are on the
> road (in true Canadian bull-headed fashion).
too. Now I promote walking and cycling to impose our presence on the roads
and require car users to accept the fact we are there and have the right to
I walk with a sharp stick held horizontally to defend my rights on places
with more cars than pedestrians, I cycle towards the middle of the street
when it is too narrow to safely share with a car. I'm the most courteous I
can with other pedestrians and cyclists (I yield while cycling and the stick
becomes a third leg when walking). I let any road users (including
motorists) take their right of way when the rules tell us so.
If more human-scaled road users ask their rights, and impose them like I
sometimes do, then life should be much better. I'm sure it's more required
in places called "dangerous" because of hostile car traffic.
Yes, cyclists are traffic, we ride vehicles.