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Biking Awareness

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Doing some riding recently I do agree on one thing. A great deal of public awareness IS needed to encourage those who "don't to "do" : )
Also you may want to check the laws in your state on where the fault lies in these type of accidents.
In the state of NY if you exit a vehicle from the drivers side and say another vehicle hits your door or whatever. YOU are at fault not the vehicle that just ripped off your door.
While this is worthwhile information, what is significant here, again, is asking the public to sharpen their vehicle operation skills.
It seems the general public doesn't give much thought to it.
Together we should be able to campaign someway to create a better awareness that is really so badly needed for both children and adults.
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    You sure do Joe!!
    2229 days ago
  • JOE14250
    If your un lucky you get the door prize!
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    we all need to do our part...drivers, bikers, runners and pedestrians. common curtesy seems to be lacking too, these days. thanks for sharing.
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  • LINDA!
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
    2261 days ago
    Great input and ideas here that will help us all be better "Road Warriors". Where I live biking is a way of life and they have the right of way on most streets.
    What I like the most is is the respect which is given to everyone. Locals,visitors a like.
    As one of you mentioned " It's the use of common sense that gets the job done best!!
    and Yes I do wish there was a place to give a "Shout Out" to reminds the sometimes forgetfull driver.
    2261 days ago
    You are absolutely right. The general public doesn't really know many of the basic laws. I am for taking a quiz every time your driver's license has to be renewed.
    2261 days ago
  • LINDAM.1
    Portland has lanes marked in the road where cars are not allowed to stop. Lots of commuting happens by cycle here. emoticon emoticon
    2262 days ago
    Excellent information!
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    Great blog and great comments from fellow sparkers. Thanks for letting me know that you posted this. Will share with other.....and, maybe we can start something!!
    2262 days ago
    Couldn't agree more!

    Plus, by being out on the road ourselves and following the rules of the road we can serve as an example and inspiration to others.

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    emoticon great plan!
    2262 days ago
    Thanks for pointing me at this one! I completely agree that we need to "spread the word" about safety in sharing the roads. Bikers and runners... you job is to make sure you are VISIBLE to drivers. Drivers, your main job is to NOT BE DISTRACTED, pay attention to others who may be using the roads / trails, crosswalks, and crossing driveways!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Let's all share safely and responsibly. By the way, in Nebraska, it is illegal to text while driving!
    2262 days ago
  • GHK1962
    Don't you wish you could blast this post to all the drivers, bikers, and pedestrians in your area?

    Anyway, I'm with you regarding more education and public awareness. Will it help significantly? I dunno. But it might help a little. And if it's that one person that does check and keeps from clocking a rider, then that's good.

    One thing you may want to do is check your local government agency ... county likely, but if its a large enough city they may have jurisdiction - regarding their bicycle program. If there gets to be enough interest then more bike lanes get built, more awareness programs are done, etc. I'm in the Portland/Vancouver area ... and we have a pretty strong bike advocacy program here ... in large part because the bike community makes their voice heard.

    By the way, there are now some cities trying out bike lane geometry that is designed to further reduce vehicular/cyclist conflicts.

    And yes, laws vary in whatever state you're in. It is good information ... but in the end Linda is also correct, that the law (and common sense) will not force people to pay attention. I myself tend to err on the side of caution and keep a careful watch when riding past parked cars. I would definitely rather back off and live to ride another day, rather than be in right but injured.

    Good blog post.
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    Comment edited on: 9/14/2014 3:14:48 PM
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  • _LINDA
    This is just common sense, never mind laws. You should always check to be assured its safe before exiting a vehicle. Unfortunately, laws don't always make people pay attention. Speeding is a huge problem here. This makes it difficult for these idiots to stop in an emergency, slow down for lights (increases the tendency to run through red lights and stop signs) and generally making the roadways unsafe for their fellow drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. In fact, a large number of cyclists use the sidewalk here (its illegal) because in spite of very wide streets with lots of room, they don't feel its safe to ride on the streets! Unfortunately, my city has the worst reputation of drivers in Canada! As a pedestrian who always obeys crosswalk lights and signs never jaywalks, and yet has nearly been clipped by speeding drivers running lights, I can attest to that. Also, I do notice the infractions being only a passenger in a car because I can safely look around and observe.
    The police do all they can to make sure people know speeding will not be tolerated, but it still goes on. All the campaigning in the world won't save people from themselves :-((
    2262 days ago
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