According to a recent People For Bikes study, 53% of Americans would ride more if they felt safer doing it. Cars and bikes don’t mix.
Bike lanes help, but as this New York City transit ad makes clear, it takes more than a couple inches of white paint to making biking safe in high traffic areas. You need a shared understanding of the rules of the road, and to know what to look out for.
From Anchorage to Ft. Lauderdale, there is a multiyear effort to reduce fatalities in cities across the country, implementing proven strategies for cyclist and pedestrian safety.
Vision Zero cities take existing safety research and apply it at the city level through budgeting, infrastructure and training. But you don’t have to wait until Vision Zero strategies are implemented in your city to start increasing your own safety. Start riding more safely now!
RIDE IN LOW-SPEED AREAS
It seems so simple, but it is highly effective. Ride where the cars are less dangerous.
In a car-pedestrian accident at 20 MPH, you’re unlikely to get seriously injured. The opposite is true at 40 MPH or faster, so seek out neighborhoods and city streets with reduced speed limits.
Some cities have recognized this relationship with a formal network of bike-friendly streets called Bikeways with lower speed limits and physical barriers to slow down cars, such as curb bump-outs and speed humps.
RIDE ON DESIGNATED PATHS
Most cities and suburban areas have a number of paved and gravel trails that are completely separated from cars. These may be next to busy streets, offering lots of easy access points, or they may be converted rail lines that offer scenic views of local parks and recreation areas.
Even if these aren’t yet combined into a single network—no easy task!—the trails individually offer excellent recreation potential. Ask your city or county if they have a biking map of your area.
TAKE YOUR BIKE TO SAFE, ENJOYABLE PLACES TO RIDE
One you know where to ride safely, the question is how to get there and back, especially if you don’t have something to attach a dangling bike to the back of your car?
An increasingly available option is the bike rack on public buses. It can hold up to four bikes, each held in place by a quick release arm. There is no extra cost for using this feature.
Some people also buy a car to fit their bike. Seriously! But here’s another option. Buy a bike that fits in anyone’s car. So you can go on your own adventure. Or go biking with friends in their car, whatever kind of car they have. It’s freedom, bike-style.
You can even enjoy riding so much your car isn’t relevant anymore…
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” John F. Kennedy
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