There’s a well know rift between motorists and bikers that often leads to a completely unproductive “us against them” mentality on both sides of the fence. This, despite the fact that some of the most avid cyclists are walking the line between both sides. Multiple surveys show that over eighty percent of cyclists also own (and frequently drive) a car. Still, that doesn’t stop a vocal minority on both sides of the debate from frequently crying foul and denouncing the other side for not holding up their end of the bargain by either being reckless or refusing to share the road.
In an effort to alleviate some of this ongoing tension and add a more human feel to the basic idea of sharing with your neighbors, Dear Motorist’s Pledge to Share the Road created a video comprised of letters from cyclists to motorists. Refreshingly, the letters are honest, heart felt, and highlight the need for responsible behavior from both drivers and cyclists alike.
The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of bike fatalities by “creating an alliance between Cyclists and Motorists to be more aware of each other and to share the road.” Rather than pointing fingers and debating who’s right and who’s wrong, the video includes messages like, “Accidents can be avoided by both parties. Cyclists need to be conscientious of drivers and obeying the laws, and not just assume that drivers are going to look out for them.”
Similarly, another rider acknowledges the frustrations frequently faced by motorists, saying, “I know that cyclists can be annoying. They may ride in your lane, or force you to slow down and wait before turning. Until I bought a bike, I too was easily irritated by cyclists impeding my commute.” However, despite the frustrations everyone faces from time to time, the video and Share the Road pledge both do a nice job of adding a more human element to the usually heated debate.
The pledge is setup for anyone to participate, and motorists or cyclists are welcome to take the pledge on the Dear Motorist website.
“I pledge to be more aware of my surroundings on the road. Beginning right now, I will do my part to help put an end to cyclist fatalities by committing to drive and cycle as responsibly as I can.”
You can view the video below: