Where does it say they want to "eliminate" the use of cars? All they want is to change the balance more towards public transport, walking and cycling.
They've already decided cars are a problem, not more efficient cars, not better roads, etc., cars, period. Read their literature and lobbying as a whole, and their ideal world is free of cars.
I would say they are just on the other side of the line from intelligent activism to nutcase idealism. I have a lot of British friends who tell me their follies quite often.
And an irresponsible cyclist has a lot to lose (his life) in a car-bike incident compared with a motorist
You keep bringing that up. Who cares? I can do something stupid/illegal that has few consequences, or I can do something stupid/illegal that kills me. There is no difference, except that I was even more the idiot in the latter case.
You're right that fault is usually mixed, but it is definitely 100% the car's fault with this idea. I drive every day, and I often see egregious behavior from cyclists, not so often from cars. They jump from "I'm on the road" to "I'm a pedestrian on a crosswalk" (illegal) to avoid a red light, they constantly run red lights, they'll jump off a curb into traffic, the won't signal when turning (especially left), etc.
This is not the majority of course. Just the idiots we don't need to be protecting.
These are all actions that are the cyclist's fault if he gets hit. If he gets killed, I have only compassion for the driver who will probably be traumatized, not for the idiot who engaged in suicide through recklessness.
The biggest dangers from cars here are illegally parked cars that force bikes into vulnerable positions, and cars not looking at the right-of-way bike path before turning right. There are bike paths all over the city, which is a good thing, but could be done better.
And generally, it is mortorists who have relatively little penalties for their life threatening behaviour.
Kill a pedestrian on a crosswalk in Germany and you won't be out for a long time.
A car is just as dangerous as a gun in the wrong hands, yet we seem to think it does not require the same amount of responsibility to operate
You're right, it's all about personal responsibility. With a car or gun it's responsibility to you and others. With a bicycle it's mostly responsibility to yourself, although a bike jumping out can easily cause a car to swerve and hit a pedestrian (but I guess that would be the car's fault).
In any case, it's about responsibility. Let's not use vulnerability levels to shift responsibility to where it doesn't belong.
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