The image of Europeans waiting patiently at an intersection tells you all you need to know about the overwrought frenetic pace at which Americans live. We make excuses for our behavior in situations like this by declaring that the ‘physics of bicycle riding‘ dictates that the efficiency of travel means never having to lose momentum. Bullshit!
Our interest in treating stop signs as yield signs is more of the same crap. And what will probably create the greatest angst in our cycling population will be the advent of E-Bikes in greater numbers on our streets.
In one fell swoop a battery-assisted bike removes all the concerns about getting back up to speed after having made a legal stop for traffic controls. And that in itself will cause cyclist on full-manual bikes to reconsider their choices. That in turn may lead to a preponderance of cyclists who suddenly have no reason to disobey traffic controls and everywhere scenes like the one pictured above will be commonplace.
It will mean that your average hipster cyclist will suddenly stand out like a sore thumb and that might be just the emotional leverage needed to get everyone to calm down and seem less like a generation needing Ritalin.
Hey, if the Cubs can win, almost anything is possible!