Wait, you mean all it would take to have comfortable public space is for people to not act like selfish assholes?The U.S. is doomed, then :)
Heh. Yes... the cyclists dismount when necessary and the pedestrians (are probably cyclists most of the time) remain aware of cyclists. I think the lack of cars makes it much easier to be pleasant.
"the cyclists dismount when necessary" .. "pedestrians (are probably cyclists most of the time) remain aware of cyclists"I've encountered this behaviour/attitude in certain parts of Germany (I'm not certain if this is true in all parts of Germany) and 2 other countries in Asia that I have stayed in ( for a while).@portlandize.com"The U.S. is doomed, then :)"Why? 'Individualism' held dear the extreme? Oooops :pL
Oooops (again!) should be .. '... held dear to ... 'Sorry! L
@anonymous mine, mine, mine! waaaaa! (the gist of U.S. public discourse on any subject) :)
Sorry Dave ... no offence intended. I was 'temporarily astounded' by your pessimism. Based on what other bloggers (American and others) have written and from 'feedback' from friends I'm hopeful/sanguine that the relationship between road users in the U.S. (U.K., and elsewhere) would evolve towards the better as more and more commuter-cyclists take to the road. It would would take time and we would have to go on working towards it. RegardsL
Oh no, no offense taken at all :) And I agree with you, it is getting better, very very slowly. We have had half a century of pushing extreme individualism as the ideal, and that's going to take some work to un-do (not only because of the time involved, but because individualism is sort of the path of least resistance - it's harder to think of others). At least some people are starting to recognize that the way we are now is destructive to society.