“I took the reflex to raise my hand to signal that I am going to cross.” Like Maryse, many Parisians believe that cohabitation is sometimes difficult between cyclists and pedestrians. And things are not improving, since the “little queen” now appears as the great alternative to the car. New habits and new dangers to be grasped which change the very relationship of pedestrians to the road.
“The risk is everyday”
This is particularly the case on this new “Parisian motorway” for cyclists along the Seine, where they are thousands to tumble every day at more than 20 km / h. Employees in a hurry after their lunch break, young people pedaling music through headphones, delivery men in the middle of a time trial … they have all become kings of this asphalt game. “It’s a shame”, deplores Maryse at the microphone of Europe 1. “We are all pedestrians in life and there is no reflex to say to ourselves that we must stop at a red light. forced to have my eyes everywhere because the risk is daily. ”
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The lack of civic cycling, a brake on development
“The feeling of freedom that the bike gives, perhaps new for some, makes believe that everything is allowed and that they do not have to respect any rules”, admits for his part Jean-Marie Darmian, president of the Club des cycling towns and areas. For the latter, cyclists and pedestrians must find a way to live together because “the absence of citizen cycling can prove to be a very strong obstacle to its development in the coming months”.
And the situation is pressing since cyclists are now so numerous that they are already saturating the 500 new kilometers of tracks built in France since May.