Comment 83148

By MikeyJ (registered) | Posted November 23, 2012 at 12:12:20 in reply to Comment 83126

So far, the only agreed upon answer for safer cycling is better infrastructure = more cyclists = less accidents.

It is also established that cities like Montreal & Amsterdam with higher cycling rates generally have the most cyclists regularly breaking automobile rules: drifting through stop signs, yielding at reds, and focusing on keeping control of their bike instead of signalling when unnecessary.

When you boil it down, the real issue for cyclist safety is this: Automobile drivers expect cyclists to follow automobile rules, even when it is unrealistic to expect cyclists to do so.

If cities started their efforts at increasing cycling rates by setting cycling specific rules like the Idaho Stop, we could possibly avoid much of this useless finger pointing and instead get on with drivers learning the difference between how these two different transportation types use the road.

This could also improve cyclist safety in the interim, instead of solely relying on having high cycling rates when we don’t have the infrastructure to support them yet.

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