A depiction of what wouldn’t have happened. Photo by flickrknufflo.
Share the road? What a terrible idea.
The Netherlands is the safest place to travel, on any mode, because they’ve a road design philosophy called “sustainable safety”. One of the principles is to homogenize modes by mass, speed, and direction:
Large differences in speed and mass of different road users in the same space must be eliminated as much as possible. Where speed differences cannot be eliminated types of traffic must be separated. [Read about the four other principles.]
In Chicago and most places in the United States, the philosophy is “share the road” and “good luck”.
I was almost creamed today on my way home from a leisure night of visiting the Comrade Cycles grand opening (with Roots Pizza, Bleeding Heart Bakery goodies, and Do-Rite Donuts) and test riding a cycle truck at J.C. Lind Bike Co. with Brandon from Chicago Cargo (who will deliver your goods via bicycle). What stopped me from getting slammed? Well, an evasive maneuver away from the black Mercedes SUV and that the driver didn’t zoom their left turn into the McDonald’s drive through at 1951 N Western half a second sooner. It felt what I imagine having a mugger holding a gun to your back would feel like. But I can’t get away with it by giving up my smartphone.
And this happened on the night I didn’t have my camera rolling… This video I call “Driving Behaviors Volume 1″ should make up for that.
Watch the video on Vimeo.
I want safer roads, not over 1,500 bike-automobile crashes each year or a 31.4% hit and run rate in 2010, for all traffic crashes. I want police enforcement and an end to retrofitting roads with car-centric designs.