Angles Morts – Blind Spots

Angle Morts

My French is pretty terrible, but the visuals in the video blow are certainly clear enough.

While many could see this as why cycling is dangerous, I believe that this video illustrates the need to re-imagine city streets and change a collective attitude concerning public space. In Toronto, I have noticed that drivers will rarely double-park. They will drive up on sidewalks, block bike lanes and park on the grass, but never will I see someone block in another car. How messed up is that logic? How disrespectful is that behaviour? And how much does this illustrate that a hulking mass of steel and rubber can dominate our public space?

Cycling is not a dangerous activity. Unattentive, selfish and careless individuals make our public spaces dangerous for everyone.

Comments

  1. As someone who has lived and cycled in Paris, it’s really not that bad. I mean, think about the kind of video you could make if you spent a year recording douchey drivers in Toronto or Montreal?

    That said, any time a car (or usually a delivery truck) did something stupid, I’d have no recourse but to switch back into English and let the profanities fly. I got some pretty amused looks from passers by.

    The round-abouts at Place de République and Bastille were super fun. Cobblestones!

  2. You’re quite right, YATE. I’m certain you could make the exact same video here in Toronto.

    And everyone seems to think Toronto streets are too narrow for cycling infrastructure! Those Parisian roads are tiny.

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