In case you may not have heard of Vision Zero, well, you are among very good, societal company. The bad news is that you will hear about it, soon. And, Vision Zero will be very costly in freedom, lives, and money.
“Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic. It started in Sweden and was approved by their parliament in October 1997.”
Sounds noble, and virtuous, doesn’t it? I mean, who, in their right-mind, would be against that? Well, all that glitters, or tugs at your heart-strings, is not road-going gold. Vision Zero is a Trojan Horse of Social-Engineering, wrapped up in a pretty, benevolent, noble-sounding, enema. It is, in actuality, a creature built by Very Special Interests, and it is intended to pit citizen against citizen. And, it is going to be very, very expensive.
Down your throat, or up your ass, the force behind this rather innocuous sounding, truly non-benevolent movement, are in fact people who think they are smarter than the rest of us and seek to Centrally Plan, a.k.a., Control, all aspects of our lives. Vision Zero really should be called Vision Delusional, or V.D., for short. And, both Cycling “Advocates,” and Government Officials, alike, want everyone to get V.D., as it is in THEIR best interest, not ours. How does one spell G-R-A-F-T? Let us count the ways…
Point of Historical Fact #1: Everywhere these nebulous types of Social Engineering plots have been tried, they have failed – Miserably.
And, since these schemes are in fact nebulous by nature, they cam mean whatever the proponents want them to be. So, set the bar impossibly high, and demand action via other people’s money, to attain the unattainable, delusional goal. Additionally, since the goal is an impossible dream, the schemers keep demanding, pushing, and protesting, until the struggle itself becomes a way of life (and taxpayer funded employment). That is how Bureaucrats are born. And, the battle does not cost the anti-vehicle zealots anything, zero, zilch, nada, being the war on the free-movement of citizens is waged with the taxpayers own money. Meanwhile, the majority are left victimized in the wake of another storm of the well-intentioned, as the Law of Unintended Consequences will be proven – AGAIN!
Don’t believe me? Check out the following excerpt from a cycling “advocacy” website:
“Vision Zero is a long process requiring a dramatic shift in infrastructure, attitudes and enforcement, making quick results highly unlikely.”
Notice the phraseology of that sentence. It highlights the cycling-anarchist’s modus operandi of permanent warfare on those whom are not one of them – Again, all at the Public’s expense. There will be a forced change, people will accept the change, and by the way, you will pay for the change the anarchist’s want, as the movement is right out of the Fabian Socialist’s playbook. It is the same dream of the Alchemist’s of old. And, just as the goal of the Alchemist was as futile as it was a waste of time (and money), so too is the plan of Vision Zeroist’s. As for the why, well, that is simple. As the Alchemist’s could not change the Laws of Nature, the Vision Zero cabal cannot change Human Nature (though they think they can given enough public funds and the force of law). In a nutshell, though the V.D. Crowd has a noble sounding goal – Zero deaths and injuries – the vision itself is impossible due to Darryl’s Postulate of The Universe #5:
No human system can be fool-proofed, because the fools are so damn persistent.
There are those whom hate bikes, and there are those whom hate motorists. The majority of people, however, love both bicycles and motor vehicles. We can do that because we are mature, free-thinking individuals. In short, we get along, and have a live-and-let-live attitude. Anarchists are zero-sum minded. For them to win, someone else must lose, whilst they claim to be “Fighting” for the rights of all people. It is their way, or there will be hell to pay! Look at them as children in adult bodies, because that is exactly what they are.
Meanwhile, the very same Government agencies the V.D. Crowd are working with to realize their dream, are the very same entities that have completely screwed-up, and hopelessly mismanaged, the entire transportation system from top-to-bottom! Let that sink in. They are looking to the same government entities that have, and currently, mismanage the transportation system to, in-turn, alter the system to their own narrowly focused, unattainable, unworkable, and discriminatory viewpoint. Last I checked they had doctors for that brand of insanity.
So, to put this all into context, do I knock those who seek safer streets? No, not at all. We all want safer streets. However, the problems do not fall solely upon the Motorist. The issues are the transportation system itself, from bad planning, to sub-par construction, to gross mismanagement, to non-existent, unsafe licensing requirements, and an acute lack of training on everyone’s part which utilize the system. That is where the problems of a dream of safer streets exists. Bad design, bad users, and bad management, all adds up to one, giant, freaking mess. Fix all of the former, and streets will become safer – Over time. Simple.
In closing, we all want a safer society. However, forcefully altering people’s behavior, and ultimately, their God given freewill, is not the way to bring humanity together in perfect harmony. There are better (less expensive) ways to make the streets livable, and safe.
Vision Zero is nothing but a poison pill that will kill the patient to cure a hang-nail – At the patent’s own expense, of course.
In the future I will address some of the ways we can all get along.
And, no one needs contract V.D while doing it, either.