Convenience: Double edged sword for cycling advocacy
The Tyranny of Convenience by Tim Wu
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opin … ience.html
Tim Wu on Convenience wrote:But we err in presuming convenience is always good, for it has a complex relationship with other ideals that we hold dear. Though understood and promoted as an instrument of liberation, convenience has a dark side. With its promise of smooth, effortless efficiency, it threatens to erase the sort of struggles and challenges that help give meaning to life. Created to free us, it can become a constraint on what we are willing to do, and thus in a subtle way it can enslave us.
Try that in a new context:
eldavo on Convenience wrote:But we err in presuming driving is always good, for it has a complex relationship with other ideals that we hold dear. Though understood and promoted as an instrument of liberation, driving has a dark side. With its promise of smooth, effortless efficiency, it threatens to erase the sort of struggles and challenges that help give meaning to life. Created to free us, it can become a constraint on what we are willing to do, and thus in a subtle way it can enslave us.
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering
Professor Craig Pennell, obstetrician and sport cyclist, was involved in a serious crash when a car failed to give way, turning across his path. His rib cage was torn from his spine and punctured a lung, amongst other injuries.
Originally Craig’s post-crash blog was hosted via his team/trainer Brad Hall Cycle Training website, now branding changed to Exercise Institute (Ex.In.) Hall Cycling (Hall cyc.) at http://www.exerciseinstitute.com.au/news-blog/ but Craig’s blog original links from Hall Cycling are dead, and the defunct Cycle Safe WA have dropped off.
Craig’s crash prompted his safety campaign called Cycle Safe WA, the blog links were best found via Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, linked, saved, and attached below.
Last page is the start page, so you can begin from the bottom link, and work chronologically forward from the crash, by stepping backwards through the links (oldest last, last post first, blog style).
Done well it could have the potential to be better executed than QLD, (let’s not mention the anti-cycling MPD law trojan horse in NSW).
Economy and Infrastructure Committee
Title of report:
Whole of Government response to Inquiry into the Road Safety Road Rules 2009 (Overtaking Bicycles) Bill 2015
After a day with no response from Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) asking if they’d like to show support for WA’s #ametrematters petition. They’re actively campaigning for Victoria #ametremattersNOW so I hoped they could share a bit of love for WA.
Apparently they have no love to spare =P
agf petition 1
agf petition 2
Hi David, Thanks for getting in touch. RAC supports more being done to protect cyclists. We welcomed the new Government’s cycling package when it was announced during the election campaign. And I note the Premier will introduce Minimum Passing Distance Laws as a trial. Interestingly, when we asked our members only one third supported legislation to mandate a minimum distance. This is why we called for greater investment in cycling infrastructure as the priority. All the best for your event. Liz
Thanks for the reply Liz. Is the poll on MPD available online? I’m curious what the majority two thirds of membership thought.