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    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.
  • My daughter fell on her face and her cheek was terribly scratched. I had just adjusted her helmet minutes before to prevent a serious injury. She was headed downhill!
  • 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)
  • my son and i enjoy riding in evenings and on weekends when he doesn't have homework. we enjoy it a lot.
    found myself a vest to fit in the hunters section but cannot find one tyo fit an 8 year old. any ideas?
  • my son and i enjoy riding in evenings and on weekends when he doesn't have homework. we enjoy it a lot.
    found myself a vest to fit in the hunters section but cannot find one tyo fit an 8 year old. any ideas?
  • With the current price of gas I try to commute by bike 2 x per week. Since it's 17 miles one way I drive in with my bike and then bike home. Next morning, I ride my bike in and that way I always have my car with me if I need it.
  • GLITTYSTAR- I ride from brooklyn to manhattan a couple days a week and its safe. I ride on the road as little as possible (green trails most of the way). All I can say is go as fast as you're comfortable with, wear your helmet, and obey the same traffic laws motorist are expected adhere to. Also you can check out the bike map online to find out where the green trails are as well as find routes that include a bike lane.

    I have had a pretty easy, thank god. I am enjoying my new found have no idea how many beautiful places in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens I have discovered.

    get out there...its going to be BEAUTIFUL this weekend!
  • PSALM22
    Good article. and video. Living in Anchorage, we have seasonal biking challenges. The two biggest hazards are (1) bicyclists who do not make themselves sufficiently visible, especially in the winter and in the dark, and (2) drivers who don't see bikes, even if you make eye contact.

    I cannot overemphasize making oneself visible. Wear lots of screaming yellow and reflectors. And never assume what a car will do, but always be alert.
    I didn't even own a car until I was 24. In college I walked or cycled everywhere. It really was a great way of life. I remember riding in rain when roads would flood and my feet went underwater every pedal turn. I remember falling down 3 times on the way to work because the roads iced over. I was hit by cars 3 times, broke my wrist one time but only got bruises the other two. I got pissed at the police because the last time I was hit by a car he fled and they didn't do anything to the hit-and-run driver.
  • Now if only we could convince ALL bicyclists to use those hand signals!

    Oh and let's convince them that they aren't cars! Some around here act as though they don't care if I hit them. Hey, I'm yielding to you, but like the article says, stop weaving all around so I can figure out what the heck you're doing!
    I have just recently started riding my bike to work 2 to 3 times a week. Where I live, there are few bike paths, so I end up riding on dirt alot. It's a real inconvinience, but I feel my health & the environment is worth the trouble. I have had a few close calls mostly at intersections, where motorists who are turning don't pay attention to me as I go to cross the road. I now make sure to have eye contact with anyone who might be turning in front of me before I start to cross.
  • I have a bike and a helmet, but I'm scared to death to ride it! I live in NYC and I'm afraid it'd be like taking my life into my hands. Still, this article makes me want to get out there and do it! Public transportation is amazing here, so it wouldn't really help that way, but it would save some money and burn calories!
  • Very informative article. I started riding again in March, 2007, when my car needed extensive repairs. So while I saved the money to get the car fixed, I got a bike from a friend. Guess what?! I never did get my car fixed! I'm still riding, and loving it. My cardio is better, my legs are stronger, and I feel great! I even get an extra workout when I load up my backpack with a few groceries, and lug them home. I may never get a car again!!

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