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What Is The Coexist Campaign?
The Coexist Campaign is a citywide effort to encourage greater respect between bicyclists and motorists, hopefully resulting in safer roads for all users.
Why Is This An Issue?
We expect to start a dialogue between motorists and bicyclists about their interactions on the streets. Too often, we stereotype a group of road users based just on one or two isolated experiences. This campaign will remind us that the vast majority of people -- whether driving or riding bikes -- want to do the right thing, to share the road, and to just get along. By starting a public dialogue about co-existing on the streets, we hope more people will show a little more patience and a little more civility on the road.
Who Is Behind This Campaign?
What Does The Campaign Consist Of?
What Is The Message?
With an increasing number of people using bicycles for transportation in San Francisco (1 in 25 adults, according to David Binder Research Poll, 1998), there is an increased need to accommodate bicyclists and motorists on shared streets.
Current Campaigns, Fall 2007
Please Don't Squeeze (cyclists when passing) & Ride Outside (the door zone): By making more safe space for bicyclists -- specifically by leaving at least three feet of space when passing bikes in a car, and by checking side mirrors for bikes before opening our car doors -- we're helping everyone, because more people on bikes means more available parking spaces for those who need them, more room on the buses, less traffic congestion, and improved air quality. We all win when more people choose to bike, so we all need to do our part to make the streets safer for people biking.
Bicyclists are often perceived as perpetual law breakers, but most bicyclists obey the law, just like most car drivers obey the law. But there are problem people within both groups, of course, who don't obey the law. But for the most part, people out there biking and driving are doing it safely and respectfully and they deserve safe conditions and respect in return. It's time to drop stereotypes and focus on being civil and respectful for everyone's sake.
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