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RE: The Bicycle Thread
Also, I strongly recommend learning how to ride in traffic properly. Lots of people who have been doing it for years still do things that are wrong or dangerous (not talking about rolling through stop signs). The helmet is your last line of defense, not your first.

Riding isn't without risk, but you can significantly reduce your risk by not doing the dumb shit that causes most crashes where the cyclist is at fault. Looks like the resource I wanted to link is behind a paywall, but until I find a replacement, I'll write a few pointers:

*Make it obvious to everyone where you are and where you are going. This lets people easily avoid colliding with you, without having to slam on the brakes or the gas pedal.
* Hog the lane when there isn't enough room for a car to share your lane.
*Avoid riding on the sidewalks - drivers do not see you there, nor do they expect someone traveling much faster than a pedestrian. Plus there's lots of stuff in your way on the sidewalk.
* Don't ride on the left side of the road (aka don't be a salmon swimming upstream).
* Stay in the rightmost lane that gets you to your destination.
*Something I see cyclists do is at intersections where they have a red light, they dart over to the curb even though they intend to go straight. This is retarded - it often blocks the right turning lane, and takes you out of view of the motorists going straight, who you're going to be sharing the road with. It also makes it look like you're going to turn right, when you're not. Always stay in view of the people you're sharing the road with.
*Give yourself two feet of space between yourself and parked cars, so you don't get clotheslined by someone opening their door. Hog the car lane if needed.

Just because you can physically ride a bike, it doesn't mean you know how to ride smartly in traffic.

Salmoning and sidewalk riding are the leading causes of cyclist at fault crashes. Don't do them. Occasionally sidewalk riding is your best option (it is for me on a sliver of my route), but always look to avoid it.

Bicyclesafe.com has good pointers.
(This post was last modified: 03-16-2015 11:00 AM by Basil Ransom.)
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