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Be careful on your bikes, trikes, and unicycles!

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December 03, 2009 – Comments (4)

NPR has a story about a doctor who was convicted for using his car as a deadly weapon against two cyclists. It included this line: "According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes killed 716 cyclists last year and injured 52,000 people riding bikes, trikes and unicycles."

Do people really ride trikes and unicycles on the road? And aren't they just asking for trouble? 

Regarding road rage toward bicyclists, as a guy who has occasionally ridden his bike to work (and should do so more often), I have some sympathy for the peddlers. On the other hand, there's a great bike trail along the road I take to work, yet plenty of cyclists still decide to ride in the road and slow down traffic. They, too, are asking for trouble. 

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#1) On December 03, 2009 at 12:23 PM, Turfscape (40.96) wrote:

TMFBro wrote:
"Do people really ride trikes and unicycles on the road? And aren't they just asking for trouble?"

Yes on the trikes. (http://www.terratrike.com/) Recumbent trikes are increasingly popular.

And they're not asking for any more trouble that bicyclists or pedestrians.

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#2) On December 03, 2009 at 12:28 PM, Momentum21 (96.33) wrote:

TMFBro-

Maybe I am reading into it but your closing statement concerns me.

I am a cyclist and motorist and always try to see both sides of this "dilemma" if you will. Cyclists do slow down traffic at times and certain cyclists (just like certain drivers) can be extremely disrespectful to the rules of the road.

That said, cyclists and pedestrians have the most to lose in an altercation with a vehicle. As long as it is legal for a person to walk across the street or ride your bike in the road I think the we need to place the burden on the driver of the vehicle to yield to those in a much more vulnerable position.

There are many complicated issues about how to best accomodate cyclists and what their responsibilities need to be but I think great steps can be made by simply defining some basic protocols of safety. None of us own the roads and each of us have a responsibility to not endanger those around us.

Yes, I am as mad as the next guy when I see a group of cyclists riding four abreast and taking up most of the road but it is merely a temporary inconvenience. Those cyclists are subject to fines for that type of behavior and can be ticketed. In my neck of the woods they are ticketed quite often for taking up the road or running a stop sign. 

When a motorist decides to prove a point and take the law in their own hands by brushing by the group or actually hitting someone he/she is the one asking for trouble.

As a society we definitely have a bias against cyclists. Some of that is undoubtedly based on a bad experience we have had personally but I still think it is our duty as motorists to yield to cyclists the way we yield to that pedestrian who crosses against the light. It doesn't make the disrespectful offender right, it is just the right thing to do to keep some little girl's father or mother from an unnecessary death.      

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#3) On December 03, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Blakjak87 (41.30) wrote:

Pedalers*

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#4) On December 03, 2009 at 1:43 PM, russiangambit (29.49) wrote:

Well, in Houston the cyclists are rare, there are practically no trails. The roads often have no shoulders. So the cyclists are forced to use the road. But how irresponsible one should be to ride to work on a busy road, where people go 50-60 miles, half-awake and not expecting anything other than cars? I see that from time to time. It makes me mad. Not only that, then I am forced to risk my own veichle trying to change a lane  while people in the next line are not letting me in, or be stuck behind a bike going 10 miles per hour.  I think there should be dedicated lines for bikes and that is that. They should be only allowed to share the road if the speed limit is 30 mph. No matter how careful a cyclist is, he is a danger to himself and everybody else sharing a road.

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