Saturday, 26 May 2012

Sharing and caring in the UK

Can I advocate this system? A system of mutual care and respect, with rules of courtesy and a friendly and positive attitude.

Care should be apportioned by power. The more powerful looking after the less strong or fortunate. That makes a caring society. As one may say: a society is judged by how it treats its weakest members. Charity, help between neighbours and friends, healthy community spirit are all signs of this society being a good one.

We are a caring nation, a good society with well-developed social skills.

Aren't we? Yes!

But take to the road and it can be an altogether different experience, different rules, different customs. Dog eat dog. All good intentions are thrown into the wind. So, here's one for the road... the power pyramid of care and courtesy.

pyramid1. Pedestrians
2. Cyclists (look out for pedestrians)
3. Drivers (look out for pedestrians and cyclists)

Smile, wave "Hello"... acknowledge the other's existence. What's so difficult to understand? What's drivers' beef? I will never know. What I do know: my mother country seems to adhere much better to this convention based on mutual respect and fairness.

Maybe it's the abounding cycleways? After all by their sheer existence they are laying down clearer rules of engagement, provide better delineation and space clarity. Leaving less to quibble and argue about.

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