While it is mostly well-meaning, it is also basically (or perhaps wholly) copy-and-paste from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an autoist organization. The phrase "added risk for" can mean added risk to, with cyclists and walkers the objects of elevated risks from people driving, but the rhetoric really focuses on seemingly risky behavior, with cyclists and walkers the subjects who might make apparently bad decisions. It's victim-blamey.
|Rather than less driving and slower driving, we propose|
requirements for Pedestrian Safety Equipment via Twitter
The PSA is not about change; it's about maintaining the autoist status quo.
|We need to apply the emission and climate lens|
to all other areas of city activity and decision
In this light, the PSA is oblivious and autoist.
It's about driving, not about safety on urban streets. It's about displacing the burden for safety onto those who would walk or bike. It's about making the act of walking or biking complicated with special procedures and special equipment for the nighttime.
|Our earlier campaign to criminalize walking:|
"The forgotten history of how automakers
invented the crime of 'jaywalking'"
Without that basic frame of "don't hit people," everything, no matter how reasonable it otherwise might be, is victim-blaming.
Even then, the advice is bad: People who bike should do so "preferably away from roads altogether"? Don't go to a restaurant, or any destination on a road, for heaven's sake! In fact, don't bike at all at night.
But if we were serious about greenhouse gas and climate and safety, our advice instead would be: Don't drive.
Don't drive at night if you don't have to. Take the bus, walk, or bike. The more people who walk, bike, or bus, and the less people who drive, the safer we all will be. The better our air and climate will be.
Driving itself is the public health and safety problem!
|Get out of the way and don't use your bike for transportation|
|The typo suggests this is not really very thoughtful|
Previously on jaywalking and our wayward framing on safety:
- "Before Jaywalking: In 1914 Street Crossings Belonged to Pedestrians"
- "Cars Rule, Walkers Drool! Othering the Person on Foot"
- "Why so much Acceptance for Traffic Cone Theory of Walking?"
- "Jay Driving deserves Revival as Term of Opprobrium!"
- "Conflicting Narratives about Walking Jostle in Story on Memorial to Crosslands"
- "Why Pedestrian Rights themselves may not be Sufficient"
- "Before Jaywalking: Pedestrian Rights and a Dangerous Instrumentality in 1921"
- "A Century Ago: Speed Maniacs, Autoists, and the Fight over Road Space"
- "With Call to Revive Jaywalking Laws, City Study Whiffs on Speed"
- "Induced Demand and Pedestrian Control in 1920s Chicago"
- "Robot Cars Should not Tempt us to Try to Criminalize Improper Walking"
- "Death on Foot: Too Much on Distracted Walking Canard"
- "Portland's first Jaywalking Ordinance Took Effect 100 Years Ago"