Friday’s Graphic: No, You Look Both Ways!
Commentary: There is a broader argument here: society spends countless amounts of time, energy and money reinforcing the myth that driving has BEEN MADE safe. Yet, in the United States alone, around 40,000 people die in crashes every year and around 6,000 “non-occupants” (peds/cyclists) don’t get up after these crashes.
Our culture of communication doesn’t reflect the reality. When it comes to walking or riding a bike, the onus is all of a sudden on the individual to “look both ways” and “let the cars go first“; “wear your a helmet“and “get off the road!” The result: a culture of fear that is completely miss-directed.
It’s not walking and bicycling that are dangerous, it’s the motorized transport-pod culture that is over-confident, over comfortable and over enabled at the expense of our natural born rights to self-propel. This cultural, political, economic package quite intentionally separates the individual from his/her immediate community and thus separated from the knowledge and responsibility that comes with driving a 2-ton vehicle through a series of neighborhoods.
Drive if necessary, most of us do, but be aware as possible. Have a nice commute.