Pascal Reflecion/Questions

The first thing that struck me in these videos was the relationship between pedestrian and cyclist. Pedestrians walk openly through cycling lanes, and cyclists often swerve to speed past them. To me, the hazard that they pose to each other seems terrifying; yet, communication seems to be ingrained in their behavior. Pedestrians were always aware of when bicycles were coming up behind them, and when Pascal rang his bell, they always politely moved closer to the sidewalk. There was also a moment where Pascal slowed to give a woman right of way, even though he could have easily sped past before she even crossed in front of him. While I would be in constant stress traversing such populated paths, there is no fear evident in the Dutchmen and women who were shown in the videos. How often do accidents occur in these lanes? And how do people learn the manners that prevent them?

I was also very interested in the last video about bike share systems. With cycling so essential to Dutch transportation, it follows that such a system would become a natural extension of public transportation. To what degree are bike share systems private enterprise, and to what degree are they public services? Is it common for people to avoid purchasing a bike and rely on bike share systems for transportation? And how often do these systems run out of bicycles?


One thought on “Pascal Reflecion/Questions

  1. In most of those spaces, the pedestrians should not be in the cycle paths–they almost never have what we call “multi-use paths.” But in the densely touristed areas, pedestrians on every square inch of space–road, cycle path, sidewalk–has become a norm.


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