I read the following in the Anti-VC thread and it bothers me:
- not for granny going to do her weekly shopping.
- not for 8 year olds going to school.
- not for the businessman in the suit.
- not for a couple, one sitting on the rear rack, going to a movie.
- not for the mob of students returning cases of beer bottles for refunds.
- not for mum with a 6-month old toddler.
Don't kid yourself, it's not an all-inclusive ideology.It seems to me that VC is being shoved down our throats here as some kind of God-given solution to all bicycling problems, and yet it's admittedly not a methodology intended for so-called "folk" cyclists. I agree that everyone can benefit from learning vehicular cycling, but what good is it to advocate for some kind of methodology at the expense of all other tools that is admittedly not for the benefit of all?What makes you think I believe VC is an all-inclusive ideology?
Your list describes what Jeffrey Hiles ("Listening to bike lanes" - have you read it?) refers to as folk cyclists.
But even folk cyclists who may never have the inclination to master VC, could only be made safer by learning at least some of it.
Learning VC helps the sidewalk cyclist be more aware of, and better prepared for, the dangers of sidewalk cycling.
Learning VC helps the bike lane cyclist be more aware of, and better prepared for, the dangers of bike lane cycling.
Learning VC helps cyclists learn the dangers of, and to be better prepared for, bike path/roadway transitions and crossings.
Learning VC helps folk cyclists understand the dangers of wrong-way cycling.
That list above is of real people who use their bicycles for real transporation What kind of advocate writes off these people as "folk" cyclists, as if that's some kind of subset of lesser cyclists who can maybe learn a few tricks, but won't ever be full-fledged members of the "club"? How can anyone consider it bicycle advocacy if it isn't for everybody?
In my mind, bicycle advocacy should serve the needs of everyone who uses bicycles for transportation. Otherwise it's just elitism.
What do you think? What should advocates advocate for so that granny and the 8 year old and the suited businessman and all the rest can get where they need to go by bike?