An opinion piece published in the Orlando Sentinel asking that we all get along.
One thing I’ve heard from cyclists and non-cyclists, alike, is: “That road is too dangerous for bikes.” Of course, the roads themselves are not dangerous. It’s the behavior of impatient and distracted motorists that creates danger. And most of us are guilty of it at one time or another. Isn’t it time we all act to change behavior that kills more than 40,000 Americans each year?
“Get-there-itis” is well known to pilots as a cause of preventable aviation crashes. Student pilots are instilled with the understanding that they must detach from a sense of urgency to get there and make sound decisions. Pilots know that irresponsible actions will cost them their hard-earned license. Perhaps if society placed a fraction of that emphasis on motorists, our entire traffic culture would look much different.
Keri Caffrey, a cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, has ridden a bike on the roads in Orlando for 22 years. Read the full story here.
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