Le quotidien d’un cycliste parisien pendant 1 an.
Blind Spots—The daily life of a Parisian bicyclist for 1 year
You don’t need to read French to get the gist of this video. I’ve cycled urban areas from Orlando to Rome (Italy) and in 23 years have not experienced anywhere near as many conflicts as this videographer did in one year.
We hear lots of talk about the cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands, but here’s what happens when you try to import the concept without the culture. The infrastructure—motivated by the belief that cyclists must be kept out of the way—is horrible. There is no respect or consideration from non-cyclists; motorists encroach and park in it, scooter drivers use it to filter forward in traffic jams. The cycling infrastructure does nothing more than place the cyclists at a disadvantage.
Urban cycling isn’t difficult, but we can make it a real nightmare if we try. As reader Steve A says, there are worse things than benign neglect.
I don’t read French, but it appears as though the producer of this film is placing the blame on motorists rather than on the facility designers, where it belongs. I’ve seen this misdirected frustration from cyclists in other cities with a lot of bike lanes (see the die-in in the doorzone bike lane). Cyclists are being placed in a hazard zone by irresponsible and unethical facility design and they blame the motorists. Then they cry for “protected” facilities which will have more safety issues, greatly reduced efficiency for cyclists, increased delay and stress for all road users and multimillion-dollar price tags, certain to lead to public pressure for mandatory use. Use of bike lanes and sidepaths is already mandatory in Oregon and New York.
What a great gig for facility designers. They get paid to build stuff that creates conflict and bike-v-car wars, then get paid to build more stuff to solve the problems they created. Landscape architecture firms get your tax money, you get shoved into ghettos. If you follow the money, you’ll see that cycling advocacy in the U.S. is becoming less and less about the interests of cyclists.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!