Metroplan Orlando bikeway study offers answers about the “Safety in Numbers” effect and the measures necessary to reduce bicycle crashes.
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Research shows how bicyclist speed affects motorist-caused crashes on sidewalks, sidepaths and streets with and without bike lanes.
Is it safest riding in a bike lane, on the sidewalk, or on the edge of a travel lane? Results of a new safety study may surprise you. First of three parts.
Ultimately, whatever type of accommodation is provided along our roads, cyclists will need to understand the true causes of crashes and the best strategies for avoiding them. Neither the causes nor the strategies are common knowledge, and they sometimes run contrary to popular belief. That’s why cyclist education is essential.
Rather than tell millions of others to change their habits in an environment that discourages them from doing so, what if we changed our cycling strategies to take advantage of the habits drivers already have?
In the 1970s – when I grew up – no one was telling me how horribly dangerous cycling was. That’s because it wasn’t. It still isn’t.
When students in cycling courses ask me “who is at fault” for a given type of crash, I always respond, “The law doesn’t protect you on the road, only in court.” But too often the law won’t protect you in court, either. Cycling on the road gives you the best advantages for both preventing a crash and protecting yourself should one occur.
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When it comes to bicycling, so often we hear complaints about what transportation departments get wrong. I thought it was about time for a good news story. In a fantastic turn of events, DeWayne Carver was appointed in 2013 as Florida’s Statewide Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator. Why was this such a big deal? Prior to […]
It was a typical winter morning in Downtown Orlando. Clear, cool and sunny with normal rush hour traffic. Because it was cool, I was wearing my usual neon yellow jacket. I’m not obsessive about “hi-viz” clothes, but if I’m going to wear a jacket, I figure it may as well be a bright one. I’d […]