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The Importance of Driver Education For Road Sharing

January 5, 2009

Unfortunately, many drivers do not respect pedestrians and cyclists on the road. The prevailing, albeit incorrect, belief among automobile drivers is that they have the right-of-way. Those drivers tend to be rude and aggressive to pedestrians and bicyclists, since they believe they are  interfering with the dominance of the automobile. However, within reason, pedestrians and bicyclists have as much right to use the transportation infrastructure as the automobiles do. In fact, they should be given preference in city planning.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are not without blame, however, when it comes to the current state of the interaction between them and drivers on the streets. Many drivers rightly claim that pedestrians and bicyclists do not properly obey the rules of the road. In order to be respected as a user on the road, the bicyclists and pedestrians should obey all traffic laws, just as they would if they were driving an automobile. For example, bicyclists  should stop at all red lights and stop signs, signal all their turning and stopping intentions using hand signals, and yield the majority of the travel lane to automobiles if they can safely do so. Likewise, pedestrians should not try to cross a busy street except at designated crosswalks.

If cities and communities expect to maintain civility between all users of the road, they should undergo a comprehensive campaign directed to all road users — drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians — to educate them on how to share the road properly.

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One Comment
  1. April 5, 2012 6:07 am

    Most of the people discussed about the accidents and cause of accidents around their community but fail to recognize their part of mistake due to lack of proper road safety education. i feel every citizen should have to done road safety course.

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