This New Year, Please Help...

 

This New Year, please help...

 

Bicyclists to:

 

Motor vehicle drivers to:

Maybe, just maybe, there is still hope we can transform the idea of sharing the road into reality.

It’s easy to become judgmental of others when we are on the road, whether as bicyclists or as motor vehicle drivers. As either bicyclists or drivers, we often see the other ones as “they” or “them”. We are seldom aware, nor do we care about the real reasons why “they” are on the road or without eventually cursing “them” to kingdom come because their behavior is not what we expected of them.

Understanding the reasons for a driver’s behavior on the road doesn’t require a bicyclist to have a psychology degree but it will always be a puzzle for someone who expects the others to behave decently on the road, like simply signaling their intention to turn right so the bicyclist can slow down or begin an evasive maneuver to avoid slamming on the car or being hit by it.

Being good-natured and calm on the road can certainly be a way to diffuse any explosive emotions or feelings of road-rage on either part. Sharing the road requires maturity as a person, so it applies to both drivers and bicyclists.

 

On the other hand, a driver might expect a bicyclist to be aware of the danger of being very near a car of any size and thus, he would tend to think that the bicyclist would just give way and slow down or stop completely to avoid an accident.

Both these actions and expectations are surefire recipes for disasters and indeed, have resulted into numerous accidents, some fatal and definitely for survivors, are life-changing for both driver and bicyclists. However, being good-natured and calm on the road can certainly be a way to diffuse any explosive emotions or feelings of road-rage on either part. Sharing the road requires maturity as a person, so it applies to both drivers and bicyclists. We are all human beings on the road and letting our feelings of superiority or entitlement to use the road put all of us in danger of being plastered on the surface of the road after a terrible accident.

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Reacting quickly and correctly implies knowing one’s self and having respect for all road users, including pedestrians. Only those who know how to drive a car or use the bicycle properly will understand that respect for life itself is a major, major requirement to be on the road. Without respect for life, no driver or bicyclist can survive being on the road for long; it will indeed be a short ride towards the eternal sunset of your life.

Many of our visitors want to know how they can do they share in spreading our advocacy and if you are one of them, please read Our Advocacies and maybe you too can help us. And if you are looking for inspirations, here are our 5 Ways to Inspire Yourself to Bike.

 

 

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