• They've just run someone down. Fuck their mobility.

    As I said, if it's an eyesight issue, there needs to be some action about that. Most likely it's a moment of inattention. I don't excuse that, and as you well know, I'm very critical of drivers. But for the time being, unless some reason for disqualification is found, they still have the same legal right to drive as others who might be younger. Sure, a law disqualifying everyone from driving who hits someone could be passed tomorrow, but it doesn't exist.

    For many elderly people, there is additionally the problem that such changes can be devastating for them--I mean, there comes a time to stop doing all sorts of things once you get to a certain age, but people can deteriorate rapidly when no longer able to get about. And yes, I'd love it if everybody cycled, but the simple fact is that for some people, that's not an option (any more or they've never done it). That's too bad, but if there is sustainable change that reduces road danger, it will largely come from natural generational change, not from trying to force people who will tend to be very set in their ways to change them.

    So, yes--they should definitely have a look at what they're doing, especially possible eyesight issues, but I certainly think it's wrong to rush in and talk about banning them from driving. They were probably mortified and very shocked.

    It would be interesting if amac090 could report back on what happens with the insurance claim. Again, hope everything comes off smoothly.

  • They were probably mortified and very shocked.

    As will be the friends and family of the person they kill.

    I'm being facetious, but that's because I'm so angry with this fucking country. They've ruined my love of cycling. Now I'm taking my partner out because she's so enthusiastic about it but while trying to protect her I see cunts everywhere. 100k ride today and there are probably 4 reportable incidents on my camera and one that I'm already editing for submission. Fuck this place. I want lockdown to end so I can start looking for places in Spain to live, where drivers seem to actually acknowledge cyclists as road users.

    My sympathy for drivers ran the fuck out ages ago.

  • I'm surprised. Has your perception really changed so much since going to Spain?

    I have never let bad driving affect my love of cycling, but I've done nearly 20 years of traffic activism and I understand the reasons. I can totally see how it's frustrating for many people. I haven't cycled in Spain, but I enjoy cycling here far more than in Germany.

    The main issues concerning driving in this country are caused by poor legislation governing road traffic (loopholes, difficulty of securing convictions, etc.) and the almost complete lack of enforcement.

    Spatial planning is an important factor; the fact that infrastructure (by which I refer to shops, workplaces, etc.) is poorly distributed, almost non-existent in some areas, so that it causes a very high need to travel, largely to subsidise businesses trying to save costs by operating from very few large(r) sites and passing the costs on to people's fuel consumption, itself artificially subsidised by artificially suppressed fuel prices. This is obviously related to poor public transport in many areas, but even better public transport wouldn't address the spatial issues that are the underlying problem.

    As for being facetious, well, there's probably a serious core to that. As per the link I posted, older drivers are a lot less likely to be involved in crashes than younger, more impetuous, probably less experienced drivers, so I wouldn't worry about them as much. It's still without question that many people drive who shouldn't, for all sorts of reasons.


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