Cycling in Sydney Australia
Although the authors' concern applies to pedestrians in particular, much applies to cyclist safety as well.
Thanks for posting that, it reminds me of this little video via Mark Wagenbuur ( "Bicycle Dutch" ), in that both recognise "that all people make mistakes", and that any successful designs must take this into account and not rely on assumptions about behaviour or that threats and fines are a substitute for safe infrastructure.
One of the founding principles is: It's not about the technology it's about how you use it.
Australians have a deserved reputation as early adopters of new tech, proof is in the number of on board cameras for cars, bikes and cyclists, and their value is undisputed but they are reactive, meaning after the event and not proactive in stopping an incident before.
and for the rant....
What would be nice is if "we" everyone on this site, our friends, colleagues and family publically proclaim out aloud.
We are going to endorse and support proactive measures on road safety like this
Tell our pollies what we expect, that no longer is reactive approaches acceptable.
Tell our friends and some of those Facebook hate sites, we will use the tools available to us to hold PEOPLE accountable for their actions.
Maybe then, sooner rather than later will public support swing to an active role, just like the drink driving campaigns turned public opinion from " well done drink driving and making it home" to " shame - you risked the lives of people for your own selfish objectives"
Call out the message, share the word and live the approach cause its a long road and we can't afford to surrender
Now off to save some endangered slug worms of whatchamacallit island
The drink driving campaigns were the result of years of lobbying led by the medical establishment. Community acceptance came after the laws were introduced; they were bitterly fought by many groups, RBT especially. It's a good example of how lawmaking can lead, rather than follow, social norms.
Unfortunately, there is almost no-one outside of the cycling community who is seriously lobbying for improving road safety for vulnerable road users. The medical establishment are fixated on helmets, but have almost nothing to say on the need to encourage active transportation; mostly they focus on car technologies that protect the occupants.
'Towards zero' is a hollow slogan. Outside of fringe groups (and, sorry to say, cyclists are perceived as a fringe group), there is no practical support for actually delivering any real improvements in road safety in Australia. The 'rights of the motorist' trump everything.
I recall statistics on hospital emergency by time of day and day. The graph shot thru the roof late at night and even higher Friday and Saturday night
I wonder if "
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14 " equates to SMIDSY events.
Environmental if occluded I suppose.
There are many ways to address safety. But while we continue to design our cities and more importantly our NEW developments around cars nothing is going to change.
We are continuing have urban design centred around cars as the primary means of transport. The road layout, its speeds and the zoning all contribute to ruling out cycling as a practical means of transport for all but a small minority.
Compare that with inner urban areas which had streets and zoning designed well before the motor vehicle.
In short we are going backwards not forwards as a country regarding cycling. Unless you live in our inner cities.
The elephant they failed to see is that reducing the amount of driving would be the best way to improve road safety.
And Westconnex just keeps on giving!
But wait, there's more. Follow the money!