Comment 59233

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted February 03, 2011 at 17:58:46

If memory serves, something like a third of cycling fatalities relate to riding on the sidewalk. It's NOT safe. An average person on a well-tuned bike can go easily upwards of 30kph. An athlete can do 50kph for short bursts. That's way too fast for sidewalks.

Legislative approaches which blame victims and exclude other road users "because cars are dangerous" is like blaming victims of handguns for not wearing bulletproof vests. Cars are a main element in nearly every other form of transportation fatality, be it bikes, pedestrians, strollers or scooters. Giving drivers more exclusive rights to wide swaths of the city is a totally ass-backwards way of combating auto-related fatalities.

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