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Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 8, 2010 at 6:45pm
I'm interested in the trash can idea! Do you have any more information about that? Or is it an idea you invented?

Also, aren't bicycles allowed on the roads already? If so, you don't need bike lanes, as they can just drive in the street with all the other traffic. If bikes aren't allowed in the streets, then the laws need to change instead. But you don't need to make the roads bigger for bikes, as they are pretty small already. :-)
Comment by Chris Ke Sihai on May 9, 2010 at 8:43am
Turil, bikes are legally required to be on the roads and not the footpaths. But it is generally considered suicidal to ride a bike in the same space as homicidal taxi-drivers and people in big flash cars who couldn't care less about the little people. As for the buses, I don't think the drivers even look out of the windows.

No shortage of laws, but not much interest in enforcing them or in thinking about the reasons for the laws. Cultural values: the strong do whatever they want, and the weak get out of the way. So pedestrians get the worst deal, because nobody gives them any consideration at all. You can't change that overnight, or even in ten years, but you can start being more emphatic about "this space is reserved for these people and the rest of you are not allowed to occupy it."
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 9, 2010 at 11:48am
In some places that has been allowed to happen, which is something that can be changed, and will be changed, as people start having their needs better cared for and are thus naturally motivated to care for others. In healthy communities, where the majority of the people get their basic needs met for their own physical health, and their families and friend's physical health, they normally are very respectful of all other folks using the road, from car drivers, to cyclists, to pedestrians, to kids playing in the street, to squirrels! :-)

And while changing the laws to ensure that all road users have a right to use the road is, of course, only a small step in making a healthy community, but it's definitely a useful one, as it make it clear to everyone what the goal is, even if they aren't able to get there because of some deficiency or toxicity in their own lives.


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