And just like all the other nonsensical, sometimes grossly untrue road spin, 'Speed kills' 'Living Streets' 'Traffic calming' it sounds so sweet, kind and benign doesn't it?
Don't be fooled. Most of these are ideologically anti driver based in origin and certainly used to curtail useful progressive driving. The fact is that because our whole society depends on all driving, any adverse comment against driving, or to its disadvantage, amounts to an attack on the community too.
It's very worrying when a Police Traffic Chief Inspector reveals an anti driver bent in this tweet.
You will see how I take him to task too:
@CIPhilVickers @KeepMeOnTheRoad Haven't you worked out that this benign #sharetheroad ideology is to the disadvantage of #drivers ? Jeez!— Drivers E. Midlands (@EastMidsDrivers) June 7, 2016
@CIPhilVickers @KeepMeOnTheRoad #sharetheroad ? What like sweeties, comics, a football? This isn't the playground but major infrastructure!— Drivers E. Midlands (@EastMidsDrivers) June 7, 2016
@CIPhilVickers @KeepMeOnTheRoad But we need drivers. That's the point. You're equating the 2 as equal. Cyclists are an unneeded hazard.— Drivers E. Midlands (@EastMidsDrivers) June 7, 2016
'Sharing' ? This isn't playground kiddies sharing sweeties, choccies, biscuits and footballs, it's about running major infrastructure. Do we 'share' railway tracks for goodness sake? To reduce UK's 35 million drivers on whom the whole community, including Mr Vickers and his unit depend, to no more than a minority lobby that society doesn't need, is, by definition, anti driver.
That's the clever thing about this anti driver spin and soundbite; even when, like 'speed kills' it's opposite to the truth, it's not until we question it closely, like The Emperors New Clothes, it turns out to be utter nonsense. So these benign and kindly sounding terms, hard to oppose, are in reality well constructed, crafty and very aggressive. It's exactly the kind of language that any police officer on the promotion ladder will adopt after his course with the Court of Common Purpose. See more of them here.
Highway Code for cyclists: Edmund King @TheAA_UK tells @bbcburnsy "the roads are here to be shared..it shouldn't be about two tribes"— BBC Radio Humberside (@RadioHumberside) June 6, 2016