Comment 10042

By nobrainer (registered) | Posted July 31, 2007 at 22:37:46

Re tuning the laws for cyclists:

The WHOLE POINT is that the laws today do not support or encourage cycling and the roads aren't cycle-friendly.

The main streets are too fast-moving and scary, and the side streets have too many stop signs. Add all the one way streets, and it just encourages cyclists to flout the laws. No, it's not right, but PEOPLE RESPOND TO INCENTIVES.

If you make it easier, safer and more convenient to cycle, more people will cycle. If more people cycle, norms of cycling behavior will assert themselves and drivers will get more used to cyclists, which will make the streets safer for cyclists and encourage still more people to come out - just like they are doing in Portland, Oregon.

And if it's a war of anecdotes you want, I can see your getting-yelled-at and raise you a run-off-the-road-by-SUV-guy. ;o)

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