Form a Bristol Cyclists and Motorists Alliance
This is an idea aiming to change attitudes - the anger / hatred / bad blood we see every day on Bristols roads, of both motorists to cyclists and vice versa. So I'd like to see a campaign and an alliance to end this war, and bring mutual respect and understanding. We'd need to develope a snappy name and logo, clothing or bibs for the cyclists and bumper or rear window stickers for cars, ( carrying the same colour and logo).
On joining the alliance, cyclists would agree to respect motorists by agreeing not to do those things that cause most driver rage: jumping red lights, cylcing on pavements (or maybe just very slowly), and cycling without lights. In short, cycle with consideration and remember motorists are human beings too
For their part motorists would agree to have equivalent repect for cyclists by: keeping out of cycle lanes, keeping out of junction advance stop boxes, and giving cyclists adequate space when passing
I think the cycling groups might support this and maybe promote it? - I'm certain the police would
Why the contribution is important
If this caught on it could make Bristol a happier place. Lots of us, like me, are both cyclists and motorists, and yet there are these polarised anrgy standoffs as if between rival gangs. So childish. I've heard both sides of the debate expressed so often and so angrily. This war leads to angry citizens, people arriving crossly at work or at home. And I think it also sometimes leads to actual increased dangers on the roads, mainly for the cyclists.
So its an idea for a campaign and an alliance to end this ridiculous war and bring both sides together - and keep us reminded that we are on the same side anyway!
by user502461 on November 27, 2013 at 09:20PM