/ Teaching cycling safety to motorists
Like all these things it will take some time for the effects to be seen but it's a start.
That's great news, good on them for taking a step in the right direction. Like you say, hopefully this is just the start.
Maybe. One logical step along this path is making road awareness courses compulsory for cyclists.
Maybe if the money given to councils explicitly for things like bikeability training was actually used for it then you might have a point.
Most parents are very concerned for their children's safety, so much so that they ferry them everywhere in the car. Result - more cars on the road, so more (perceived) danger, and don't get to practice any road sense
There's a woman I nearly bump in to on many mornings on my commute. She simply crosses the road to my workplace without looking. The junction is on a very slight bend so you can't see if someone's there until you are quite close. Sometimes I've approached the junction from the other direction and whilst waiting to turn right have seen her walk down the pavement and cross the road without looking. What's bad about it is that she's walking her two young kids to school so they are picking up this habit as well.
Mine would be "don't just pass a cyclist as soon as you catch them - they aren't stationary - wait till you can see around that bend". Pretty basic stuff you'd think but only about fifty per cent of drivers seem to follow it.
Bicyle approaching Walker
Motor Vehicle approaching Bicycle
Slow Down to near their speed
once this is done every thing else drops into place.
Overtaking car no longer takes a wide high speed sweep into on-coming traffic.
It takes little effort for the passer to Slow, Pass, then Resume Speed.
Respect the person you are approaching, it could be you 50% of the time.
> Most parents are very concerned for their children's safety, so much so that they ferry them everywhere in the car. Result - more cars on the road, so more (perceived) danger, and don't get to practice any road sense
I get a bit fed up of arguments like this. What are parents supposed to do? Even if all kids weren't driven around there would still be too many cars. My view is that we are just a lazy car nation. We will walk up to two miles with kids in tow to visit friends and always get funny looks. But I don't blame them if they drive round the corner to ours because I know how much easier it is.
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