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Cyclist-motorist friction: Can the divide in the road be mended?

By dcuff
Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 8:05 am in Uncategorized.

As thousands of Bay Area bicyclists pedal to work today on the region’s annual Bike to Work Day, it’s an appropiate time to remember the rift on the road that divides us: bicyclists versus car drivers.

It’s no secret that friction and collisions between cyclists and cars acts as a brake to prevent more people from riding a bicycle, a transit mode that can help make the air cleaner and people healthier, as compared to relying on the car, the big dog in transportation.

In San Francisco, the civilian grand jury this week issued a report concluding, ”If San Francisco truly wants to increase responsible bicycle use, it will need to solve the issues of anger, misunderstanding, and mistrust between motorists and cyclists, and increase everyone’s view of shared responsibility.” Read the report, titled ”Sharing the Roadway: from Confrontation to Conversation.”

The same can be said of counties in the East Bay and elsewhere.

So stay safe on the road today, cyclists. Click here for  my account of commuting by bike on last year’s Bike to Work Day.

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2 Responses to “Cyclist-motorist friction: Can the divide in the road be mended?”

  1. MikeOnBike Says:

    Portraying the situation as cyclists VERSUS motorists is a big part of the problem. As if this were a sporting event and we’re rooting for the home team.

    We’re all people using the public way. We all have the same basic goal: Get safely from A to B.

  2. murphstahoe Says:

    It won’t be mended. It will fade away if cyclist numbers increase, or will stay if they don’t. I’m betting on “increase”.

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