ariverisariver replied to your link: What You Need to Know About Pushing the ‘Walk’ Button | Where We Are | SoCal Focus | KCET
I don’t have any problem with cyclists and pedestrians crossing the street at a red as long as they’ve come to a stop and looked for traffic. But hoo boy does it irk me when a cyclist just barrels through.
Don’t I know it! Don’t most cyclists know it! Don’t most cyclists actually don’t do it…er…something.
But you know what irks me even more? You probably see this coming. It irks me even more when CARS do it. Why? Because they pose a significantly higher threat to the community than anyone else. If a cyclist barrels through a red light the chances of them hurting or killing anyone (besides themselves) are insignificant by comparison.
And consider that while cyclists might behave unpredictably on the roads, most are generally governed by the laws of self preservation. If you ask a cyclist how many times they have accidentally put themselves in danger by running a red versus the number of times a motorist has put them at risk you will likely get laughing as the answer. Motorists have a built in protection, are clouded by velocitization, and are disconnected by glass, engine noise and music. That all adds up and blunts their risk homeostasis (or risk compensation), so their actions tend to put more people in danger.
And hey, look at this: “There’s no evidence that cyclists’ rule-breaking (archetypally, red light-jumping and sidewalk riding) is more widespread than motorists’ tendency to speed and pay insufficient attention. There’s plentiful evidence that cyclists’ misbehaviour causes less harm to others than motorists’.”
Open your eyes to it. I see it all the time. I see motorists running red lights. I see motorists speeding. I see them talking on their mobile phones, blow through stop signs, driving drunk, driving without their lights on, not stop for people in a cross walk, and have fucking loud, annoying car alarms that go off in the middle of the night and don’t stop for whatever god damn reason.
So instead of getting angry and fighting the good fight against people who aren’t really doing anything, can I suggest you put your energies into fighting distracted driving, advocating for health and exercise, fighting more and wider and spendier freeways, bettering public transportation and access to it, increasing the number of off-street bike paths, tightening our drunk driving laws, lowering speed limits, and championing self-driving cars (see, I don’t hate all cars).