Friday, October 15, 2010
Our cycling 'bliss' continues, which alternatively translates into explicit reiteration that Australia sucks as far as cycling goes!
We're now in Hamburg, the 2nd largest city in Germany, and notwithstanding the immensely busy city traffic, cyclists are fully incorporated into the transport climate!...
...no more excuses, Australia!...this is a really 'busy' city, and the traffic flies past - it is evident to all that there is such a notion as safe intergration!
As with the Netherlands, strict liability continues to be the 'order of the day' for any hapless motorist who might 'bump' a cyclist.
Why is this not the case in Australia? It appears to be an inordinately useful measure, and is mentioned by many who use bicycles as they manoeuvre themselves around their European cities.
How about it, Aussie pollies? - could be a 'goodie' in terms of strategic traffic planning - in fact would change behaviour overnight.
Prima facie in a 'nutshell', and upon the facts as I understand them, we need:
* Strict liability for 'people using cars' who collect 'people using bicycles'
* Separate infrastructure as speed disparity grows between 'people using cars' & 'people using bicycles'
* REPEAL OF BICYCLE HELMET LAWS - PRONTO!
...why is my advice so rarely followed? sigh!