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to what extent are drivers and pedestrians safe from cyclists?
Do we get double points for tandem bikes?
I drive back and forth across town, daily, seven days a week.It is not the cyclists. That would be like blaming anyone on foot. slow down and READ THE LAWS. There are such things, rules of the road. crazy, right?
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I wanted to go to a bar that's a few blocks away a while ago, so I called the police station and asked a police officer if it's legal to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk in Lawrence while intoxicated.
His answer was that it is perfectly legal to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk while intoxicated, but it won't be legal to cross any street. He added that he would not recommend doing that. That ruined my plan to ride my bicycle to the local bar.
He discussed that just a bit further, and explained that it's illegal to be on any public street at all, ever, while intoxicated. The thought crossed my mind that would totally ruin the designated driver concept, because there is no way to get into a car without stepping onto the street, and thereby breaking the law. But, I didn't mention that, thanked the officer, and headed off to the bar on my bicycle, riding on the sidewalk.
On my way home, I checked very carefully for any traffic, especially police cars, every time I crossed a street.
My daughter & I were talking about the accident yesterday (she's a young driver) while we were driving north on Naismith and we had a pedestrian walking in the roadway (east side didn't have a sidewalk nor does it have a bicycle lane -if there is one area that ought to be a priority for pedestrian and cyclist safety, you'd think it would be adjacent to any of our schools) and our conclusion was that there are distracted drivers and riders, but Lawrence was a DISTINCTLY UNFRIENDLY pedestrian/bicyclist town. There are sections that are good for pedestrians/cyclists, but we also have roundabouts in which everyone seems to take someone else's life in their hands, narrow one way roads that don't have adequate width for cars and parked cars let alone, parked cars, cyclists and walkers/joggers, etc. - Kentucky, 11th, Tennessee, etc., etc.
The weather is great and there are a lot of people out and about, trying to get that one last day of sunshine in before winter weather makes any sort of transportation riskier - and our city/county's lack of dedicated lanes/sidewalks make it more dangerous and frustrating for everyone.
My question is, does anyone know if it's illegal for bicyclists to ride 2 or 3 or 4 abreast on a public road where the speed limit is posted as 55 - thereby impeding faster moving traffic? If it is - I've never, ever seen a cyclist stopped for illegal riding.... wider, smooth (safe) riding lanes would definitely be something greatly appreciated in my life. :)
I don't think it's particularly safe OR unsafe. Of course it depends on location, but the biggest factor is the cyclist. You need to know where it's safe to ride on the street, where there's stretches of wide, quality sidewalk, and when you need to find an alternate route. Visibility is important too, I wear blinking lights on my front and back when I'm riding in low light conditions, but even still I ride like I'm invisible to cars. Finally, you need to know your bike, most importantly the brakes, and most most importantly the front brake. Practice emergency stops until you've programmed into muscle memory exactly how hard you can pull the brakes before the tires start to skid. The front brake can be scary for hard stops but the rear brake alone really isn't sufficient for emergencies, if you're lucky you'll lock it up and low-side before you run into something.
I put no. Just because there seems to be a lot of accidents. I agree with Lawrenceguy's post...
I've ridden thousands of miles in and around Lawrence. It's a fine place to ride. In fact cycling is why I moved here. Accidents happen sometimes. Choosing where and how to ride is what makes cycling more safe or unsafe. There are plenty of low traffic routes through town.
I'd say the advent of cell phones has made cycling more dangerous for everyone everwhere.
5 minutes after I drove past the scene yesterday a cyclist (looked like a student going to class) with no lights, black shirt, black pants pulled right out in front of me going head on. He was trying to get on the sidewalk. Bad move on his part I almost ran him over he pulled out from behind a moving car. In this case he would have been at fault. You can't regulate stupidity.
I don't think that any towns are safe for bicyclists or motorcyclists. There are just too many cars on the road and most of the drivers aren't paying attention to the road, so unless you're a car most drivers aren't going to see cyclists until it's too late. I feel bad for bicyclists because I hate it when they're on the road and I hate it even more when they ride on the sidewalk so they can't win with me. I don't feel bad for motorcyclists because I think that they should just give up on that mode of transportation because it's so unsafe.
Bike riders should have to pass a written & riding test before they get a license to use the roads.. The license should cost $125.00 and be good for 2 years, then another test before renewal.. That would help a lot with there "it's my road" get out of my way attitude.. Have a good day & stay warm..
I think the absence of bike lanes across town makes the situation more dangerous for both cyclists and drivers.
Not unless they're packin'! Which brings up the question. Does a biker with a CCW permit really think he's concealing anything in those tights? Inquiring minds . . . .
Drivers don't pay attention. Plain and simple. Not for bicycles, not for pedestrians, not for other cars. There are too many distractions inside an automobile.
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