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Why fix the problem when you can just mitigate liability? It's the American way!

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/06/26/how-to-make-new-yorks-cyclists-safer/

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"I’m very excited about New York’s bikeshare program, and look forward to using it regularly. I hope that the increase in the number of cyclists will help bring a bit more civility to New York’s biking community, especially in terms of stopping at lights and riding in the right direction. Meanwhile, my biggest fear is that we’ll see the opposite: a bunch of people who have no idea what they’re doing, riding on sidewalks, salmoning, and generally causing chaos. I don’t think that’s probable, but it’s possible, and I look forward to Citibike and NYC doing everything they can to prevent it from happening. As they do so, Liu’s report — if not his press release — is likely to be quite helpful."

At least in DC, bikeshare has increased the politeness of cyclists -- but also increased the stupidy. I saw a gaggle of middle aged chinese women (tourists?) riding wrong way down M st in the west end. Insane.

At least in DC, bikeshare has increased the politeness of cyclists -- but also increased the stupidy. I saw a gaggle of middle aged chinese women (tourists?) riding wrong way down M st in the west end. Insane.

The more the merrier. As this becomes an expected part of DC's streetscape, maybe drivers (particularly drivers of commercial vehicles) will begin to operate a bit more responsibly.

"Chaos" may increase danger a bit for individuals (though I won't hold my breath for the "carnage in the streets" that's being predicted), but it's great for the overall cycling/pedestrian population.

@charlie

I've seen clueless drivers do the same thing. I almost got hit at the Penn/1st st. circle at the Capitol by a (presumably) tourist family driving the wrong way around the circle. Stupidity is universal among drivers and cyclists, but the consequences for that stupidity are very different.

@MM: we've all DRIVEN the wrong way down a street -- but it pretty universally recogonized as a mistake -- and a bad one.

People like oboe seem to think we should be making it mandatory for cyclists.

I see more people on bikes this year than ever before, most not wearing dedicated cycling gear (as I admittedly usually do). That's awesome.

The presence of more cyclists has its own traffic calming effect that makes it safer for all cyclists, even the dumb ones.

The chaos effect compels the newly cautious to drive the 25 mph speed limit? Gracious.

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