More On Positioning From Mighk Wilson

Mighk Wilson, of CyclingSavvy and author of Bicycling Is Better, posted this on Facebook this morning:

An idea for discussing lane control with non-cyclists (and perhaps even cyclists): I’ve tried this a couple times and it certainly gets people thinking.

I either show them an image or video of a lane-controlling cyclist on a high-speed arterial, or just describe it, then ask: “If you saw that, what would you think?”

Of course, the usual answer includes terms like “crazy” and/or “dangerous.”

Then I ask: “What if you saw this once a month?”
“Once a week?”
“Once a day?”
“Every hour?”
“Every ten minutes?” (pause and let them think/answer after each)

It gets them to realize that perhaps their perception of what is PROPER is based on what they believe is NORMAL, and not based on the law, data or reasoning.

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Comments 4

  1. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Plenty of people base their worldview on what they think is normal rather than on data, reason, or the law. Turn on the TV to FAUX News…

    Posted 04 Apr 2012 at 10:41 am
  2. Andy Cline wrote:

    Khal… Yes, the power of “common sense” is stunning. And I mean that in both senses 😉

    Posted 04 Apr 2012 at 10:44 am
  3. Khal Spencer wrote:

    We need more folks like Mighk and Keri explaining to people who don’t understand lane positioning why it works, when it works, and why at times it is safer than the alternative. Too many non cyclists see a bicyclist in the lane and simply think the cyclist doesn’t belong there, but never scratch beneath the surface.

    Posted 04 Apr 2012 at 1:35 pm
  4. Michael wrote:

    Bicycle Times has a great article about cycling in Minneapolis up.

    Posted 08 Apr 2012 at 1:41 am