RE: [carfree_cities] Digest Number 622
> Message: 4First the statistical common answer - anywhere from 50-80% of cycling
> Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 19:42:27
> From: "Henning Mortensen" <henning_work@...>
> Subject: Re: Children & Cycling
> I have serious problems with policies and ideas which once
> again perpetuate
> the myth that the problem of bicycle accidents lies with the
> rider and not
> with the car that hit them. This is akin to the perpetuation
> of the myth
> that it is ok that a driver ran over a child because the
> child ran out into
> traffic. We desperately need to stop blaming the victim here.
'accidents' involving children on bikes are the fault of children.
The carfree response - Yes, there should be more emphasis placed on the
responsibility of motorists to watch out for children and SLOW DOWN.
However - Not all cycling collisions with children involve traffic
conditions or motor vehicles. They may occur on pathways, be with trees, or
even be a fall on pavement.
> hypothetical question here- In a carfree city would we needDepends. There should be social (not legislated) limits considered for when
> to put such
> limits on the age when children may cycle.
children can cycle without adult supervision, which usually means for
transportation on their own. It relates more to a child's ability to
function on her or his own than to traffic or environmental factors.