This is a great video of just about everyone acting badly. I love the box-graphics that show the conflicts. Bicycles appear to be extra bad-- but really pedestrians are jay-walking and cars are routinely nudging in to crosswalks full of pedestrians.
I think it's time to make a shout out for all the good things people routinely do.
First off thanks to the courteous drivers who...
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...
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:
In all our own ways, we can be ambassadors for good behavior.
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