Comment 32788

By Brandon (registered) | Posted August 13, 2009 at 13:41:58

Cyclists who ride on the sidewalk are in danger from two main sources:

1) Pedestrians who randomly change direction, stop or exit buildings.

2) Cars at intersections. I know as a driver, when I stop at an intersection and look, I'm not looking far enough down the street to compensate for someone riding their bike at high speed, I'm allowing for pedestrians. I can recall several times over the last few months where I've moved ahead and a cyclist has appeared from behind a hedge moving at high speed has almost slammed into my car.

My first reaction to this is always mortification. How did I screw up so badly that I missed that person? Then it sinks in, they're on the sidewalk, moving at high speed in the opposite direction to traffic. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Ride on the road, take the lane. Safest way to go.

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