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Cyclists on Sidewalks: Part II

Analysis of social phenomena can be a complicated business. Sometimes you look at behaviour patterns and you think: “That person is an idiot.” Then you look a little deeper and you see that they are behaving rationally, given the structural constraints on their choices. So, instead of criticizing the “idiot”, think about what needs to change if the choices available to them are going to change.

If you fail to see this, you can easily draw the kind of conclusions this well-meaning cyclist does when debating when, how, and why to ride on the sidewalk:

Urban Scrawl: Confessions of a Sidewalk Cyclist