Civility on the Road in Metro Orlando

At this month’s BPAC meeting:


This is one of my favorite slides from the presentation. It's not about bicycling, yet it has everything to do with the way many advocates present ideas.

Ms. Sara Isaac of Salter>Mitchell Inc. will present the results of social marketing research on attitudes towards bicycling and walking in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville. This research was conducted for Florida Bicycle Association under a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation.

Think Act Be

This initiative was conceived in December 2007 with a call for ideas from the Winter Park Health Foundation. The Foundation asked ordinary citizens for ideas to change both physical and social structures in the community to encourage healthier and more active lifestyles. It was chosen for funding last December.

During this past year, a coalition of citizens, advocates and law enforcement have worked with Salter>Mitchell to study the roots of social behavior on our roads and come up with a plan to encourage civility and cooperation.

More about this initative:

Think Act Be: Civility on the Road

Ecostreets: Alternative Transportation PR

The Gift of Peace and Coexistence

More about Civility:

Roads are for People

Strategy for a Cyclist-Friendly Community

Fear, Intimidation and the Social Structures Beneath Them

Traffic, Civility and the Monkeysphere Effect

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  1. Laura
    Laura says:

    Loved the Monkeysphere article and wanted to post my comments here. I think there’s also safety in numbers. The more peds on the streets, the more yielding at crosswalks.

    I was visiting a friend in NYC last summer. She lives in Queens and works in the Flatiron building. I was telling her how friendly I found people in the City – that they’re generally friendly and helpful. She explained that since they’re so comfortable being in close quarters and a bit nosey because they overhear many conversations, they tend to jump in when someone is asking directions or where is a good place to find ___. It’s kind of a competition among the locals to give the best directions and advice.

    She also told me about an incident where an elderly woman fell at a farmers’ market and everyone rushed to her help, so much so that my friend wasn’t able to provide any help herself. Her thought was that because they’re not isolated in anonymous cars or have vast yards and separations between their housing, there’s kind of a collective – ‘we’re all in this together’.

    It’s also kind of fun watching peds in NYC and how they basically are in charge of intersections. Cars are definitely the enemy. There is aggression, but there’s a lot of angry peds on the corner to correct an errant driver if need be.

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