First off thanks to the courteous drivers who...
- don't exceed the speed limit.
- stop for pedestrians in crosswalks
- stop for red lights
Cyclists-- Unlike motorists you'll never get a ticket. Everyone notices the bad cyclists, especially as the volume of cyclists is way up in many cities. Thank you so much for...
- riding in ways that don't scare or anger other road users
First is running red lights. If you must do it... consider it only in very narrow situations. For me it's when two conditions prevail: First, the intersection must be completely empty with no cars in sight, and second I must be in a real rush to get where I'm going. If there are any other road users waiting for a red light and you race through, chances are that you will anger someone. If a cyclist is stopped at a red light and you fly by them, you can be 90% sure they are annoyed.
The second thing that encourages fear and anger among other road users is the sight of a bicyclist riding without lights at night. Thanks very much to the vast majority of cyclists who do use lights at night.
The third and final courtesy is not riding the wrong way down a one way street. I have to admit that sometimes this is completely unavoidable due to local conditions. Consider dismounting and walking in these situations.
Walkers-- We are all walkers at some point-- even if it's from our vehicle to the shop. Our presence on the street makes life interesting for eveyone else. Laws are made more for the comfort of vehicles than pedestrians, so the rules are more of the common-sense variety:
- when in doubt, make eye contact with drivers and cyclists. Be sure they see you. This applies even when you are fully in the right to proceed
- don't be afraid to shout to get another road users attention
- band together to fight for better pedestrian amenities. Together we can make a difference.
- Try your hardest to be happy!
In all our own ways, we can be ambassadors for good behavior.