Share the Road is a concept that has come from London and found a home in New Plymouth. New Plymouth, along with Hastings is the recent lucky recipient of a $7.28 million Model Communities project aimed at getting more people cycling and walking. Much envy!
Share the Road is basically a campaign aimed at people’s better selves. It asks road users to remember that they’re all people, regardless of the form of transport they’re using that day.
Enter stage left, angry bike lawyer Steve Magas of Ohio. Steve reckons Share the Road is a flawed concept; that road users have rights and that these shouldn’t be granted as favours by the other road users in the vicinity.
I think this is a worthwhile debate to have. On one hand we NZ drivers are notoriously aggressive and need to chill out massively on the road. On the other hand it’s a fair call to say that at present cyclists aren’t respected on the road, and that bike riders do need to stand up for our rights as road users in order to get some traction.
So what do you think?