Let me start with these three statements:
- Safety doesn’t exist. It’s an abstract concept that’s incorrectly utilized by cyclists to justify fear based reactions to the world around them.
- Fear is a reactionary emotional state that results in impulsive decisions that are not arrived at using rationale thought processes.
- The number one threat to cycling in North America is fear – nothing else comes close to doing the same damage.
Safety, as the term is used colloquially, is trying to express the lack of a significant negative outcome. So you rode your bicycle home from a friend’s place and you might text them when you get home..”Made it back safely.” As social shorthand for “I didn’t have an incident on the way home” I have no problem with word “safety”.
Where “safety” has started to hurt cyclists is when people disconnect the term from its meaning “lack of significant negative…
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