Pyro Tim wrote:
But our own house is in a mess too, and as a group we could do so much to help our selves - a parallel "use lights at night, don't RLJ, stay off the path and don't filter against the kerb" campaign would be equally beneficial.
But the problem is, we are not a group, just as drivers aren't. Most that do those things you state would not consider themselves cyclists, but people that use bikes, and there is no talking to them either.
This is a good point, well made. Whilst no doubt, it's a good thing to try and set and encourage good standards - I try and do this when behind the wheel of a car, when driving in the vicinity of cyclists - there really isn't so much a coherent group.
Best practice and singing kumbaya around a campfire ain't going to cut it - compulsion will. Just like things like drink-driving and speeding / "safety" cameras. There was no warm, happy, comforting consideration and consultation period, it's compliance or punishment. I have no issue with that applying to cyclists and RLJ or other dangerous activities, too.
The fact of the matter is, though, this is no time to get people on-board with empathy - because it's a big, fat, hairy crock - it won't work. The people who need targetting just simply won't have ears for it.
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