For all motorists, but also importantly for all us cyclists: *Share The Road*
The motorist doesn’t own it, and the cyclist belongs on it. Road tax is a myth, a lie. Share the road with the cyclists. Give them space (at least 1 metre gap when passing), safety (look specifically for them when turning or changing lanes) and respect (don’t honk or rev just because they’re on the road so you have to go slow).
The cyclist needn’t be too uptight about his right to be on the road. The right is to use the road, not to abuse it. Road rules, and norms, apply to us as much as to others. Red light means all stop – not just motorists. Let’s respect it and live longer. Share the roads and respect the motorists without being meek, or stubborn.
“Taking space away from cars – by reducing car parking and shrinking roads – is more important than providing bikeways, sidewalks or transit facilities, if we expect more people to walk, bike and use transit. Taking away car space slows traffic, reduces pedestrian crossing distances, and creates a more pleasant, human-scaled environment that is conducive and welcoming to pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.”
Via Stephen. His blog is a must read if you’re interested in a post-car urban living model.
I’d recommend these two fellas as must-follow if you’re interested in propogation and evolution of cycling as a mainstream transport medium. Michael is already a leading advocate, and advisor, on designing cities for cycling. Mark is doing great work covering, and advocating for, rights of cyclists on the road and, preferably, off them, in the UK.