How to Fix America’s Bad Bike Infrastructure
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.