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Midchuck BS: Bicycles on the sidewalk (401* d) RE: BS: Bicycles on the sidewalk 24 Jun 13

I would be the first to agree that riding a bicycle on the road, in automobile traffic, is terribly dangerous, and that there ought to be bike lanes and the exclusivity of such lanes should be enforced, with rawhide whips if necessary.

That said, why do cyclists seem to feel that they have no responsibility for their own safety?

I probably see 3 or 4 cyclists running red lights for every car or truck that I see doing the same - and there are vastly fewer cyclists on the road than cars.

Most cyclists think nothing of coming up to an intersection on the right shoulder (you islanders who drive on the wrong side reverse this), and proceeding straight ahead, oblivious to the fact that the driver of the car that is next to them, in the right traffic lane, and is turning right and has his turn signal on appropriately, will be looking to the LEFT to watch for traffic, since there isn't supposed to be anything on his right. Then they're upset when the car turns right and they collide.

Motorcyclists tend to be aware that a lot of car drivers won't see them, even in broad daylight - the drivers just aren't programmed to see anything smaller than another car. They should be, but they aren't. Bicyclists should be even more aware of this, since they're even smaller, and travel more slowly than the general flow of traffic. But a lot of them don't seem to be.

Making bicycle riding as safe as it can be made involves educating both automobile drivers and cyclists. But one gets the impression that each group thinks it's all the other group's problem. Even though it's the bicyclists who end up dead.

All IMNSHO, of course.


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