I would never consider biking anywhere because as a driver I consider them a hazard on the road as they don't always observe the rules. I know everybody's not that way, but I find I have to go out of my lane to go around them safely usually and heard a story about a woman I know whose daughter plowed into a group of bicyclists at 7:30 in the morning, injuring one severely. She had been partying the night before. Probably still hung over. Scary stuff.
10/30/2013 11:50:38 AM
Did the article mention that bikes, like all vehicles, must stop for stop signs and red lights? Absolutely essential. And it's a really bad idea to have in ear buds while pedalling, or texting.
My husband wants to ride in our neighborhood but I am leery about doing so. For one thing, there is no shoulder, it's curvy and hilly, and people drive like maniacs. And secondly, he flat out refuses to wear a helmet. Scares me too much.
THEGORGESBLONDE's tips are very important. As someone who drove more than 40 hours a week for 25 years, let me add that movement is what catches a driver's eye. Reflectors on the tire spokes that are in different position so they don't move in tandem are very good; so is something that can be seen from the back and moves, such as reflective tape on your calves and heels. Reflective tape is much better than reflectors, and flashing rear lights are better than steady. Dusk and dawn are the hardest times for drivers to see, so be sure to use lights. Always wear dayglo colors, even in daytime; pink has been tested as the most visible. And if you think helmets are a pain, search for a video of a motorcycle hitting some cyclists. SP won't let me paste the link.
I have just started riding a bike again and I found this article very helpful. Thanks
12/13/2009 10:20:39 AM
10/26/2009 4:51:11 PM
I rarely ride a bike on surface streets, since it's very dangerous, and I know too many people who have been seriously hurt. As a driver, please let me add that riding in the fog is particularly dangerous, since visibility becomes so restricted and there may not be time to react. Additionally, when cresting a hill, please be sure to get to the right as soon as possible -- the car coming up the hill directly behind you will not see you.
When I shared news with 'my team' about getting a bicycle, one of team members stressed about getting the helmet for my safety. Which I finally did and I'm glad. Drivers on the road aren't that courteous as it is and I'm constantly watching as I pedal along. I hope I never have to test the helmet. :o)
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