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Car-driving engineers steer our transport policies towards disciplining the vulnerable, making them responsible for their own safety.

In NL the go-to frame of those is 'distracted young cyclists', in the US 'distracted pedestrians'. File under #HiViz #Helmets #Jaywalking
Supported by statistics that only talk about the details of those who die, and not those who kill.

"Elderly died more, they were riding e-bikes. Children die more, they were playing outside more" is the way we describe traffic deaths during lockdown.… Image
(3) This is not an incident, but a general pattern. Media talk about traffic crashes as if they are glitches in the machine, as if vehicles just collide with human bodies.

This helps us to ignore the systemic violence that lies underneath. Read:… Image
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Today's 4km commute:

Aggressive middle aged man driving aggressively at back wheel, revving engine, beeping, slapping outside of his car door bcoz I was cycling defensively to avoid being doored on my left, & to prevent him from close passing on the right on a narrow street 1/9
When confronted I asked him if he knew it was a 30km zone.. "was barely doing 25km.." Exactly I said, 30km is a limit not a target. I'm doing 25km, hang back, wait, have patience before you kill someone.. "But ur in the middle of the road.." I am & with good reason I said.. 2/9
The driver's needless aggressiveness continued. Another male passing by started heckling me. "Just ignore him..He's doing nothing wrong.." Are u blind to aggressive behaviour or are u just indifferent to it as it doesn't effect you? Should I just accept abuse from angry men? 3/9
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