I know the concept of driver responsibility has been promoted before but it is good to see "mainstream" columnists expressing similar views.
Change the legal relationship between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. In boating, the slowest, smallest vessel has priority, generally speaking. Thus the motorboater looks out first for the sailboater, not the other way around.
If drivers knew their insurance rates would go up if they hit a cyclist, they would be more cautious. Something similar should happen here. Although the passage of â€œElleâ€™s lawâ€ helped, right now, when a driver hits a cyclist or a pedestrian, there is still no presumption of fault, even if just for liability purposes.
That should change. If drivers knew their insurance companies would raise their rates or cancel their policies if they hit a cyclist or pedestrian, they would be more cautious when turning onto a crosswalk or opening a car door. Right now, more people donâ€™t bicycle because itâ€™s simply still too dangerous, even with bike lanes. From my studies of the Netherlands and other bike-saturated places, it is the proper arrangement of these legal lines that is even more important than the painted lines on the streets marking a bike lane.
I feel that Alan Marshall has some more good points to make in his posting in the New York Times.