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There are 2 comments on Bike Safety Day Today

  1. It’s bad enough that biking students continually violate traffic laws. But the BU police do as well. The BU police officers who ride on bikes continually violate laws by failing to stop at stop signs (or traffic lights), by riding down the middle of streets (Bay State Road as well as Comm Ave), failing to signal, failing to yield right-of-way, and so on. PLEASE follow the rules. And then give tickets to students who don’t follow the rules.

  2. “Bike lanes have made it safer for cyclists” has never been conclusively proven, as there are a lot of variables at play, not least of which is the door zone issue the article mentions. Bike lanes encourage the “stay to the right” mentality, but staying too far to the right can make it easier for motorists to overlook cyclists, and put cyclists closer to conflicts not only with opening doors, but crossing pedestrians and other side hazards such as debris and curbs.

    Unless you are turning right, staying too far right while entering an intersection (even sometimes in a bike lane), can set you up for being hit by right-turning traffic on your left (the “right hook”) as well as left-turning traffic from the opposite direction from whom you may be hidden on your approach (the “left cross”).

    The best combination of safety and efficiency for bicyclists using roads is provided by observing the rules of the road for vehicles, such as riding with traffic (not against it), stopping for red lights (even taking your place in line, if the lane is narrow the line is not too long, and you are comfortable with that), using appropriate directional lanes, and using lights at night. These all help motorists see you (because you are in places they are already looking) and understand your movements. For some bicycle-specific safety techniques, see http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/index.htm. Also see http://bicyclesafe.com/ for some typical car/bike collision scenarios and how to avoid them.

    The only universally agreed-upon benefit of bike lanes is for the comfort of bicyclists who are uncomfortable in traffic. That’s why they are built, not for safety.

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