Dale Hodgins wrote:I drive motor vehicles and I ride a bike. I accept that cars own the road. They also pay for the road, in various ways depending on where you live.
Dale Hodgins wrote:Every day, I see someone do something silly while driving. It may be as high as 1 car in 100. About a third of my fellow cyclists do crazy dangerous shit every day.
Dale Hodgins wrote:
Post Today 7:54:37 PM Subject: Don’t make bicyclists more visible. Make drivers stop hitting them. WP article
I drive motor vehicles and I ride a bike. I accept that cars own the road. They also pay for the road, in various ways depending on where you live.
Every day, I see someone do something silly while driving. It may be as high as 1 car in 100. About a third of my fellow cyclists do crazy dangerous shit every day.
Dillon Nichols wrote:
Bikes are a wonderful way to get around, and a transport network that better accommodates them is a good thing. I use roads on a bike, in a car, and on foot. I usually don't find myself in conflict with cars when I'm not in one, because common sense and courtesy mean I make room on the pavement for the vehicles that need it the most. Just like when I'm in my terribly slow truck, I stick to the slow lane, or in a pinch pull off the road to allow faster vehicles to get by. Simple stuff.
Dillon Nichols wrote:
I think laws 'turning cyclists into cars' are a bad thing, ditto for mandatory helmet laws. Yet, when driving, I could often occupy more space than needed, pass someone on the shoulder, run a red light, prevent faster vehicles from getting by, or blind everyone with my high-beams or aftermarket lights. These things would be foolish, inconsiderate, and mostly illegal... I don't do them, and I don't see drivers do any of them on any sort of regular basis. IMO, For cyclists, a lack of common sense is why we can't have nice things.
tel jetson wrote:where I live, property taxes pay for the roads.
Dale.Hodgins wrote:About a third of my fellow cyclists do crazy dangerous shit every day
tel jetson wrote: the next time you see a bicyclist do something dangerous, consider why it is actually dangerous. hint: how many bicycle or pedestrian deaths occur without an automobile involved? is the situation really dangerous if there is no automobile?
Dale Hodgins wrote:Mick --- "So, if you're out tonight, don't forget, if you're on your bike, wear white".☺
Cristo Balete wrote:Vera, I think there is something the auto industry is going to have to address. The first vertical support between the edge of the windshield and the door is called the A pillar. Cars in the last 5-8 years have increasingly wide A pillars that create a huge blindspot to the left and right of the windshield. In cars from the 1960s, A pillars were maybe 1 1/2 inches, to 2 inches wide with a "wing" window that kept the windshield farther forward. Now the wing windows are gone and the A pillars are 5 and 6 inches wide and the windshields wrap around, putting a huge vertical block where it never was before.
I had it happen to me in a crosswalk/ stop sign circumstance where I was in no hurry at all, glided slowly to the stop sign, stopped, there were no cars and no pedestrians (I thought). I was obviously looking for cars in all directions, and never saw the jogger coming from my left until she was right in front of the vehicle. Luckily I had lazily started to accelerate, and had to slam on the brakes to not hit her. She instantly got angry, I was shocked and surprised. I think her speed was exactly connected to my wide A pillar and slow speed of the vehicle blocking her from my view. I actually have to lean forward to look to my left as I drive, because now I know I cannot see what is coming from the left.
So all of us, even in cars, have to realize that the way cars are designed are now blocking our views to the left and right. All these reports of more and more pedestrians/bicyclists being hit by cars, I honestly think a high percentage aren't seen because of this design issue.
Cyclists are allowed to use the sidewalk. Wonderful! Gets em off the road, and this was where I chose to ride when I last biked in a city.