Monday, November 02, 2009

Bikes vs Cars on the Roads

A key problem facing cyclists as we try to expand our numbers is how to share the road with automobile-drivers.  Communities around the country are struggling to determine the best way to encourage life on 2 wheels, without making it less safe for those involved.  Some advocate dedicated bike paths and "bikeways" to keep confrontation between bikes and cars to a minimum, while others  believe that "claiming the road" as equals is the best way to promote equal treatment.  Studies show the more people biking, the safer the ride is, as motorists become used to dealing with cyclists and thus are more tolerant.  Yet, cities seeing fewer accidents with a rising number of cyclists are also seeing a rising severity of injuries.

What do our readers think?  What is the best way to encourage cycling, while keeping it safe?

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1 comment:

shadowmom1 said...

I don't know about keeping things safe, but I do know that with more bicyclists on the road, I am more alert to them. Kind of like seeing deer beside the road and keeping your eyes open and reflexes ready for more.