While decisions may be over, agree with Anne's idea of creating positive vibes
among drivers, not another "commandment" approach. Also, agree with Peter that
we sould not confuse the adivsory for bikes to be responsible in behavior (that is an
important but other area needing attention!) with creating a "civil union" between
bikes and cars (and pedestrians).
We need to things of the three pronged approach in Germany and the Netherllands
described by John Pucher--education, enforcement, and engineering. Think of the
PSAs in the Seseme Street mode--if they are pleasign there they will be pleasign
everywhere! Then let the educators (school based stuff), enforcement (yep, police
and fines and even jail!), and engineering/infrastrucuture development (roundabouts,
traffic calming, bike laning, etc.) initiatives occur in their proper "nest."
By the way Jane Jacobs, the fountainhead of modern community structure that
minimizes the car, has not lot the spark in her 80s with the just released "Dark Age
Ahead" where she sees North America auto-generated (car, that is) movign quickly
into a "dark age" but also sees how we can regenerate. You can get a hard copy for
about $20 US post-paid through Indigo books in Canada.
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