By Ivan CAPECCHI
updated on 22 Oct at 11:38
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On September 24, user Denem posted a photo on Twitter of a car sporting a death count sticker.
ONE bad taste jokehe means, “to throw up”, even while the vehicle is parked “30 meters from a kindergarten”, next to the Léo-Delibes school, in Schiltigheim, where he lives, in the metropolis from Strasbourg.
“It’s a humor that I can’t stand anymore”
“I understand that this is humorous, but it’s a humor that I can’t stand anymore. And to me it’s not just humor, it’s that provocationand maybe even incitement to hatred“, responds the internet user contacted by us.
“When we count the lines, the cyclist is the one with the most”, he states, before continuing: “We stigmatize a user. Where we are ‘lucky’ is that there are zero bars for children. This means that children, it is still something we have no right to touch… and fortunately”.
When Twitter no longer hesitates to name and shame certain drivers
On social networks, and Twitter in particular, communities of cyclists, sometimes grouped under the term ” cyclists“, has left and no longer hesitates to” name and shame »(name and shaming) users – especially drivers – that puts them in danger through their behavior.
A way of doing things that doesn’t shock our Internet user: “I’m all for it, as far as relaying [ce type de contenu]. I would like to show the problems with road sharing. I want to show this dangerous behavior which means that I am unfortunately exposed to danger on the road every day”.
Sharing of public space, a problem for cities like Strasbourg
In Strasbourg, the sharing of public space is clearly a problem in certain arteries. Recently, for example, the Strasbourg à vélo association, which works to ensure that cyclists can circulate freely and safely within Eurometropolis Strasbourg, marked bicycles on the ground to demand more cycle lanes.
More generally, the metropolis is experiencing a real revolution in terms of mobility and wants to openly promote soft mobility. The ecological town hall in Strasbourg, for its part, has clearly laid claim to its hierarchy of forms of travel: first the pedestrian, then the bicycle, then public transport, then the private car.
Increasingly frequent conflicts between users?
For Céline Genzwurker-Kastner, director of public policy and communication in the association of the car club, an associative and apolitical structure that defends and works for access to plural, responsible and safe mobility for all, these conflicts between users “are also consequence of the development of mobility and its use“.
“All this is multiplied tenfold on social networks”, she notes, while believing that these should ” serve to spread a dispassionate, instructive and informative word by reaching a wide and varied audience rather than stigmatizing or violent messages”.
For a “peaceful coexistence”
Our approach is a multiple and secure mobility. Coexistence, respect and consideration for the other’s vulnerability is what motivates our approach to awareness and training. We are all pedestrians, cyclists or motorists at some point in the week. We, our struggle is a peaceful coexistence [entre les différents usagers]respect for others and the traffic law.
« »Our feeling is that mature opposition [de déplacement] does not serve road safety. On the contrary, it is talk to each other, identify problems in order to work together [pour les lever]“, concludes Mrs. Genzwurker-Kastner.
For Denem, it is absolutely necessary paradigm shift because we are on a paradigm centered around the car”.
He also notes that there are “more and more conflicts between cyclists and motorists”, but this is due, among other things, to the fact that motorists “not necessarily all want to share the road with other users. who drive much slower than them, and who per a result, could slow them down”, he points out.
It is this “danger that makes us come together in communities on social networks,” he points out.
NB: we contacted a manufacturer of stickers that sells almost the same as the one Denem has pointed out, to offer him to testify in connection with this article. We haven’t heard from him.
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