Saturday, November 15, 2008

Civisme, manners, shouting at car drivers

We do you it. You do it. We should stop doing it.

The New York Times has an excellent article on runner rage, that applies very well to cyclists.

Let's all be nicer, try to get along, and make the world a better place. We all need to do our part.


At 10:23 AM, Blogger Child of Pluto said...

Guilty, guilty...
Although I do believe in just generally being nice, but honking when there is plenty of space to pass and then zooming by with all the noise their lil' engine is capable of producing wakes the beast in me. My somewhat self-righteous philosophy on the situation is that the choice of driving a polluting, noisy, dangerous and space-occupying vehicle affect everybody in a negative way; inversely, the choice of NOT doing this, affects people positively. We all breath the same air, so its not only drivers who inhale the emissions from their cars. So you make a bad choice - deal with the fact that some people will express their discontent. Despite my personal dislike for 99% of cars (ambulances and firefighter trucks are off the hook), I'm not going to act aggressively unless provoked.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger greenearther said...

While drivers, cyclists and pedestrians love to point the finger at each other, they are all guilty of roadway conduct that can be qualified as individualist, competitive, negligent and dangerous.

Roadway users in Quebec may be somewhat more expressive and aggressive than elsewhere in North America, but the same roadway culture of individualism and agressive behaviour is more or less universal.

What we need is to totally transform our roadway culture in Quebec and Canada and to build from the ground up a new relationship between drivers, cyclists and pedestrians based on cooperation, civil manners, courtesy and compassion.

This will require leadership.


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