Smart Moves Video: Preventing Right Hooks

In this video, we examine the two common types of right hook: 1) when a motorist passes a bicyclist and turns right; 2) when a bicyclist rides into the blind spot of a motorist who is turning right. As with most crashes, a right hook can be prevented by one party regardless of error or legal fault on the part of the other. We show how either the bicyclist or the motorist can prevent this conflict.

A few tricks over the Memorial Bridge

Crossing the Memorial Bridge from West Springfield to Springfield can be intimidating for a cyclist who is not accustomed to riding assertively and can be confusing for a cyclist who is not familiar with the neighborhood. However, with the proper skills, it is easy and nothing to be afraid of. However, there are two tricky elements that you should know about.

Left turn onto New South Street from Route 9 in Northampton

Many cyclists, even highly experienced and conscientious ones, wait till the last minute before moving left in preparation for making a left turn. However, by making the move early, and by choosing the best point at which to make it, a cyclist can avoid unnecessary negotiations with other drivers, thus making their travels faster and easier.
Shared lane markings on Victory Ave. (Dallas, TX)

Following Traffic Patterns, Not Paint

Why I am ignoring the new sharrows downtown (and why drivers…

Strategic Setup for a Left Turn

Here's the challenge. We've ridden north on Thomasville Rd.…

Vantage in the Queue

We talk about visibility a lot. Being visible to others—being in their primary focus area—is important, but it still relies on the other drivers to be paying attention. This time I want to talk about vantage — that's us in control of recognizing and monitoring threats.

Reality Check

A couple years ago I asked some friends for advice on a good…

CRASH! Avoiding the Dreaded Left-Cross

Last Christmas, Santa brought me a video camera.  For 6 months…

Getting the Road to Yourself

The key to confident cycling lies in your powers of observation. The safest and most competent traffic cyclists are not necessarily bold or fast. They are observant. They identify patterns in the chaos and they take advantage of them.

Navigating a Freeway Interchange

This is a very easy maneuver. It does not require speed. It requires the ability to ride in a straight line, take a hand off the handlebars to signal and maintain control of the bike while looking over your shoulder.