After suggesting to twitter that somebody who hangs out on a forum called “Bicycle Driving” might be beyond parody, I stumbled upon John Forester’s recent speech given to a Dutch conference — written up as a pseudo-academic “paper” and posted as a PDF (if ever you needed proof that this is a man who won’t be taking to twitter…).
As usual, the paper provides quite an insight. I particularly enjoyed this insight into the vehicular cycling belief system:
My discussion takes it as proved that if all roadway users obey the same rules, they can all use one set of facilities, while if there are two groups of users who obey conflicting rules, they must each have their own facilities.
Leaving aside the exuberance of ways in which this is obviously bollocks, the bit that tickled me most: if users obey rules. That’s quite some if.
Again, amazing how people have this bizarre idea that, unlike big and expensive and difficult engineering solutions, human behaviour is simple and easy to control and change.