Comment 61997

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted April 08, 2011 at 14:55:02

I think Jack Wolters, Amsterdam's head traffic safety officer, put it best:

The target of the police is not to control cyclists and pedestrians. It is to control the most dangerous part, motorcar drivers.

and

The differences are so huge that any comparison between Hamilton and any city from Europe is nonsensical. This single fact of area is why transit, cycling, and walking are so vastly different between us and the old world. Our cities are just so different.

Context and perspective.

Or...

'Wishing doesn't make it so.'

Now, if you want to talk about how to change the culture so it reflects more of what you're looking for, that is something worth applying energies to.

As I've said previously, if you have to legislate, mandate, by-law your way towards a cultural change (and by this, I'm referring to benign personal behaviour, not the more obvious stuff like violence), have you actually accomplished anything genuine?

We live in a car-centric culture. I don't believe that the most genuine way to effect change within this paradigm (to create a more humane, 'European' model) is strictly by way of laws.

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