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Monday, November 27, 2006

Going through emails and found this one, which I don't *think* I ever blogged out:

Why do so many drivers think "roads were made for cars, don't you know that??"

It's a natural social condition, but one that can be changed (though some people will always persist in thnking the big guy has the rights). For example, for the longest time, higher education was for the able-bodied only, as was access to many public buildings and businesses.

Think of any exclusionary situation or any powerful vs. powerless situation; the ones in the position of power simply don't understand what the problem is. It's no problem for them, so why should it be a problem for anybody else? WHy are we disrupting the "natural" "right" hierarchy of things?

With bicyclists in the minority, any time drivers are hangin' round they're going to be agreeing with each other about those annoying cyclists and building their own, self-supporting definition of rights and privileges.

CHanging laws has a seriously limited effect when the public opinion is ingrained (think South and segregation). I'm ready to meet and strategize for becoming a slow but inexorable force towards changing that "roads are for cars and bikes aren't vehicles" mindset :-) Think about the stuff that's worked for other minorities. We have one significant advantage over many other minority groups - the non-cyclists can become cyclists.

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That's an excellent point, but of course the "non-cyclists can become cyclists" can go the other way also, and in fact that's the way many motorists think: That because we can get behind the wheel of a car, we should get behind the wheel and drive like a "normal" human being.
Hmmm.... that's true... unlike other minorities, it's Our Own Fault that we're doing this silly, RUDE thing.
I *have* gotten the feeling that fewer people think it's silly these days.
I rented a car and drove to work today. My goodness, how do people stand doing that every day of their lives??
I believe it would be difficult for non-cyclists to ever understand the importance of riding, as opposed to driving, without the riding experience. There is an interesting article in the most recent issue of Bicycling magazine about the bicycle industries attempt to get more people in this country riding for the love of it, marketing a new bicycle concept. They hope to use the memory of the experience of people riding as kids as a catalyst for riding as an adult.
I hope it is successful as it could create a different culture for riding and commuting and health, the environment, less dependence on oil, etc.
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