Thursday, November 13, 2008

[Cyclelicious] New comment on A United Front.

Adrienne has left a new comment on your post "A United Front":

There is the fact that there is no Amsterdam in the US. The vast majority of us can dream about 'infrastructure', but we are doing it while we are riding in traffic. We all need to behave like 'vehicular cyclists' because that is what we are. These are skills that benefit every person on a bike, even where there is segregation because they are skills that make us all more aware of others.
As to the child argument. I have been teaching my kids how to ride in San Francisco for the last year. My 14 year old son is now able to ride almost anywhere in the city with confidence, including taking lanes and 'reading' drivers. My 9 year old daughter will not ride on the sidewalk, she recognizes the street is safer. She knows how to stay out of the door zone, how to scan intersections, how to look for reverse lights on parked cars... She is not ready to ride alone across the city, because she is small, but she rides safely with her brother. Both of my kids know how to ride better than many adults I see.
We all want better space for bikes, but that does not mean that we shouldn't learn how to ride in all situations. The more who do, the better it will get for all on the road or in the bike lane.

Posted by Adrienne to Cyclelicious at 11/13/2008 11:03:00 AM