I have borrowed Mark‘s short video of Vondelpark in Amsterdam as it shows perfectly the true meaning of ‘sharing’.
Although I fully understand and appreciate the arguments/discussions of why shared pedestrian/cycle paths here in the UK don’t work, I am also very aware that the underlining reason for this is that we are just not used to share at all – transport/highways wise. We have been so used to cars on the road – so much so that too often I hear daft things like cyclists should pay road tax or get out of the way or generally being an annoyance – pedestrians on pavements and bikes… well… wherever left that even the notion of sharing makes people queasy.
Sharing is seen as ‘giving up’… being less better off… i.e. I can’t go as fast – car view – or eeekkk I am gonna be run over – pedestrian view. We too often forget the simple act of tolerance, cooperation and respect of one another, as well as the understated ability to self-regulate 😉
A landscape that is monothematic is much more boring than a mixed one! I mean, how fun is Mark’s video? A chilled mix of people walking, chatting, walking themselves, walking their dogs, walking their bikes, walking their scooters (!!) then fancy stuff on rolleskaters and of course cycling… cycling alone, cycling with your kid, tandem cycling, cycling in group, cycling and eating, cycling and chatting… and just simply sitting, enjoying a drink and chilling…Now, that’s what I call sharing!