Many people are afraid to ride their bicycles near cars for good reason, in a crash, bicycles always lose! Therefore most people assume that it is safer to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk aways from motor vehicles. Unfortunately, most people are wrong. This is because most bike v car crashes happen at intersections or when a car is pulling out of driveway; the conditions are for these scenarios when riding on the sidewalk. This is especially true if you are riding against traffic on a sidewalk. In that case, cars pulling out of a driveway or parking lot looking to turn right, will only look to their left and never see you. One of the golden rules of safety when on your bicycle is to predict and anticipate what a motor vehicle will do. Accordingly, more experienced bike riders have far fewer accidents.
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Only 2% of car-bike accidents involve getting hit from the rear by a car. About 70% occur at intersections, including intersections with sidewalks and driveways. Riding on the sidewalk eliminates the 2% while increasing exposure to the 70%. It is faulty risk assessment caused by childhood training. Their parents told them to stay on the sidewalk. Click here for information regarding bicycle laws in your state. The truth of the matter is that 90% of bicycle injuries is the fault of the bicyclist. Always be aware and be careful to never “came out of nowhere” , ride in a visible, predictable fashion.
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
Andrew Kass – Bicycle Accident Lawyer/ Enthusiast