After reading some tweets about 10 St bicycle lanes and the percentage of drivers who drive in the bicycle lane, it is obvious that the City of Calgary just doesn't comprehend what is so morally bad and idiotic about bicycles being forced to share the road with cars. In one sentence... ITS DANGEROUS!
Just tally up the number of avoidable car accidents in Calgary each day and it soon becomes hopelessly apparent that since drivers have little regard for their own safety (which is obvious from their total disregard for the rights of pedestrians), we can't expect any different treatment for anyone who shares the road with automobiles including police (one of which was hit by a drunk driver on Deerfoot near Beddington Trail overpass these past few days.
I don't know if you've noticed the bright red pickups at the Calgary Airport with numbers on them but if you have, even these drivers have a total disregard for pedestrian's rights. One of the airport vehicles stopped on a pedestrian crosswalk, deliberately blocking pedestrians from crossing the road. The driver's excuse was that he was taking a photo.
We've heard it all before... lame excuses to excuse driver stupidity and a total disregard for anyone but themselves. Not only is it illegal to stop on crosswalks, it is also illegal to trespass against a pedestrian's right to use crosswalk. When it comes to incidents with vehicles and pedestrians, the pedestrian is always right regardless of what lame excuses some drivers use to flatter their total lack of intelligence about their responsibility to others.
I could go on and on about the number of times I've seen pedestrians almost run over by Associated Cabs at the airport as well.
Another topic I could go on and on about are the brain dead drivers who park on the crosswalk at Airport Trail and Barlow Trail. This past week I even had to cycle into one Associated Cab because the driver didn't leave enough room for me to get around him on the crosswalk so my pedal scraped up against his car as I cycled around the senseless excuse of a human being and onto the curb to cross the turning lane back onto the pathway.
Do pedestrians also have to start jumping on top of cars to get across intersections these days? I'm sure the Police know about crosswalk violators since they spend so much time and our money driving around on the roads. Surely they see these violations on a daily basis because I sure do.
When was the last time you've seen a cop write a violation for drivers blocking crosswalks with their vehicles? I haven't!
How many of you have seen the cashcow enterprise cruisers using photo radar? Yes, I bet you are more familiar with that than every seeing any driver get a ticket for a lack of courtesy in sharing the road. This takes me back to my original point that expecting psychopathic drivers to safely share the road is doomed to end in someone dying.
Most of us enjoy cycling away from traffic whenever possible because we know that when hostile drivers are in a hurry that they don't care who they kill, even if they kill themselves. Far too often cyclists are forced to share the road with people who have no business or skills at being on the road in the first place. That's the sad state of affairs cyclists deal with on a daily basis.
Forcing cyclists to share the road will only amplify the already high tension between cyclists and drivers. In the past week I've had to pull in front of cars that passed me (in my lane) and who took up the entire lane at the next traffic light. These days I just cycle past them and pull in front of them at the light. Maybe they will learn courtesy if they are the one's who is on the receiving end. For some reasons drivers don't think that they have to use common sense and another lane to pass bicycles just like they should do for cars.
If cyclists are going to be forced to share roads with cars through the coercion of City Hall, then cyclists had better be given the treatment that the motorist is always at fault because that's the truth almost all the time when cyclists and cars collide. In the majority of the cases, the car driver fails to hold him/her-self responsible for causing the majority of accidents involving cyclists. Often drivers think that because they have to pay insurance to drive a car, they have a right to use the road and bicycles don't. Here's another of those educational opportunities most cyclists miss....
The reason cars must be insured in order to be driven on public roads is because THEY ARE DANGEROUS! If cyclists were as incompetent as the majority of drivers on Calgary roads, we'd have to pay for the right to use public roads too!
There are several things that most drivers just don't get.
1) Bicycles have a legal right to use the road. When you pass a bicycle you must do so only when it is safe to pass and only when you leave enough room while passing so as to complete the pass safely.
2) Because bicycles are safer than the senseless slaughter caused by automobile drivers, we don't require insurance because we don't create huge amounts of property damage and kill human beings at the rate which automobile drivers do.
3) Bicycles reduce pollution, reduce traffic congestion, reduce health care costs, reduce property damage and reduce environmental impact to levels that automobiles never will.
4) If more people cycled, there would be less traffic congestion. Most drivers will never admit they cause traffic congestion.
5) The more people who cycle, the more employment opportunities open up. With cars, most people drive point A to point B with a minimum of stops along the way. Cycling tends to involve lots of stops, restaurant meals, sightseeing etc.
the rest of the post was deleted by thoughts.com as I was typing it in... too bad!