It’s the time of the year to practice bicycle safety
QUESTION: I read an article last year which stated that most bicycle accidents happen while riding with the traffic. I only feel safest while facing the traffic. I think that it is a shame that the law has us riding while I cannot see behind me. How did “they” ever come up with this law? Please talk about bicycle safety as well, thanks!
ANSWER: Great timing for a question about bicycles! “Most” cars are in crashes while driving on the correct (right) side of the road too, but what conclusion should we draw from that fact? The reason that most bicyclists are getting in crashes while riding with traffic, is because most bicyclists are riding with traffic. Do you see what I mean? As a simple comparison, it is the same reason that most motorists die in crashes within 25 miles of their home, because that is where they are driving most of the time. There are many other examples, but I think the point has been made.
Also, the fact the article said most, should indicate that at least some bicyclists are getting killed because they are doing other things, like riding against traffic (unlawfully) or crossing streets or highways. Statistics need to be examined and used accurately to avoid confusion and to relay the truth. How did “they” come up with this law of having bicyclists ride with traffic? I really don’t know for sure, but we want all traffic to be going the same direction (except pedestrians of course).
Since 2002, Minnesota has seen over 73 fatalities involving bicyclists. To be safe, keep bicycles off roads whenever possible, use bike paths or trails, and obey all traffic rules and laws when riding a bicycle. Wear a helmet, in case you fall. Use a headlight at night, and wear light colored or reflective clothing. Using rear-view mirrors on your bicycle is a great idea too, for seeing traffic coming up behind you. Pay attention at all times and never let your guard down. Getting educated on current safe bicycling trends can help too. Thanks for the comments. — SGT. CURT MOWERS