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Graphic Cycling, Driving Apathy!

The Toronto Star has started what promises to be an enlightened view of driving called “Seven deadly sins of driving“, starting with Apathy: lack of interest, concern or feeling. It’s a bit humourous that columnist Ian Law has to explain what apathy is to drivers.

I could honestly quote the entire article here, but that’s a little impractical, so I just highly recommend you click through to it, and I’ll control myself and only quote this little bit:

Sadly, our society seems to accept traffic fatalities as part of the driving culture and the price we pay for speedy transportation. Thousands of deaths occur each year and we seem to accept it as inevitable.

Thanks to you guys who have complimented the “iBikeTO” graphic mentioned yesterday. If it encourages biking in Toronto, then great, since I think that’s the best way to clean our air… get more and more bikes out there and as a part of traffic, making automobile traffic even less practical.

Perhaps we can all link to these (and other graphics, if you have ideas…) to encourage biking, and if we all agree to a small premium on the prices, that premium can be donated to CBN for the BikeShare program, or some other worthy biking cause here in Toronto?

Ideas, ideas…

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see something a bit more interesting than just focusing on drivers. I’m going to search for a comparison: 42,000 deaths due to motorized vehicles; ? deaths due to taking public transit; ? deaths due to cycling or being a pedestrian. What is the most deadly mode of transportation?

    I guess it will still be skewed towards motorists since they’ll more likely contribute to the death of a cyclist or pedestrian than vice-versa.


  • Anonymous

    Here’s a quote from the document Accident Costs, published by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (basically a one man show but a great one nonetheless.)

    “Transit passengers have about one-tenth the risk as the same trip made by automobile, and transit tends to cause additional crash reductions by encouraging more accessible land use patterns. International comparisons show that transit oriented cities have lower crash rates than automobile dependent cities. Nonmotorized modes tend to bear a relatively high crash risks per mile, although this partly reflects relatively high crash rates by children, and is offset by reduced risk to other road users. Nonmotorized trips tend to be shorter than motorized trips; for example, people will often choose between walking to a local store or driving to a more distant shop. As a result, a responsible (trained, sober and helmeted) adult who shifts from automobile to walking or cycling probably does not necessary increase total crash costs, and such shifts probably increase public health overall.”

    So transit is safer than cars, and cycling less (at least in the gross figures).