Many of you have posted here or in our Forums of drivers that have accosted you in some way. Sometimes it’s a honk. Sometimes a yelled comment (“get on the sidewalk!”). Sometimes, hopefully rarely, it’s something more serious than that (a verbalized threat, or using their car in a deliberately dangerous manner).
We’ve all talked about how maddening it makes us feel because mostly we can’t communicate to the driver when the situation happens. Many times all we want to do is inform them of their misunderstanding of the rules of the road. It’s why I carry some of Mighk’s pamphlets of 10 Things Motorists Should Know About Bicyclists with me in my bag — just in case. But I don’t expect to be able to hand these out at each occurrence …… but!
What if we could? What then would you want to say?
Today’s information access is amazing. Information that was once only available in hard-copy in one location can now be digitally scanned and stored so that it can be accessed from a computer anywhere. Social networking sites (like Facebook) now allow people to find each other across the world and across time.
So, given just a bit of information — for example a license plate # — lets say I could potentially find out the following:
- name of person plate is registered to, and car information
- address and phone number
- Facebook name/site and email address
So …… for the sake of discussion, what if I could give you this information? What would you do with it? Would you use it? If you would use it, would you be anonymous or not? Would you be angry? Would you try to educate?
Do you have any concerns about using an approach like this?
If you could …….. What would you say?
(this is for theoretical discussion — in Florida there are privacy laws that prevent an individual from obtaining personal information, such as name/address/phone). However, in certain situations, persons or organizations can get access. See http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/DPPAInfo.html for more info on privacy law and who can obtain).