edge riding

Let's Talk About Being "Reasonable"

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In the center of the lane, all passes are safe. At the edge, about half of the passes are unsafe, because the motorist comes too close to me, too close to oncoming traffic, or both.

How to Get Great Passing

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Great passing was not always the norm for me. In my early days of commuting, I remember some terrifying close passes. Nowadays, it's rare that a motorist doesn't move at least halfway over a double yellow line to pass me, assuming there is no oncoming traffic. Many change lanes completely to pass. What's different?

Bike Wonk: Ride Like You’re Invisi … Relevant

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It was a typical winter morning in Downtown Orlando. Clear,…

Smart Moves Video: Preventing Right Hooks

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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

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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

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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

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

Strategic Setup for a Left Turn

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

Vantage in the Queue

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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

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