• Why We Drive The Way We Do

    by  • May 26, 2010 • Education • 0 Comments

    There aren’t many opportunities to bicycle to places we would like to go to without, at some point, venturing out on roads with high speed motorized traffic. When we negotiate our way on these roads – unprotected by thousands of pounds of metal, seat belts or high tech air bags – it is important that we understand the behavior of motorists. (This is especially important on roads where bicyclists are rarely present and drivers are not expecting us.)

    There is no better way to do that than by reading the book “Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do”, by Tom Vanderbilt. But, if you don’t have time to read 400 pages of non-fiction, even 400 pages of “shockingly entertaining” non-fiction, here is a 9 minute interview with the author, which hits a bunch of the highlights. If you bike with cars, you should check out this interview:


    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever. Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

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