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  • bike lanes

    1 0.52%
  • cross-traffic (intersections)

    14 7.33%
  • drunk drivers

    3 1.57%
  • inattentive drivers

    97 50.79%
  • narrow lanes

    11 5.76%
  • rubble/debris/potholes/poor road surface

    15 7.85%
  • same-direction traffic

    11 5.76%
  • you

    22 11.52%
  • other

    17 8.90%
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    What is the biggest threat to you while cycling in traffic?

    What is the biggest threat to you while cycling in traffic?

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    In town I would say cross traffic/inattentive drivers.

    Not listed, where I ride its mostly dog and rednecks i.e. people buzzing me at 50+ or throwing crap out the windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryA
    In town I would say cross traffic/inattentive drivers.

    Not listed, where I ride its mostly dog and rednecks i.e. people buzzing me at 50+ or throwing crap out the windows.
    People buzzing you at 50+ is listed as "same-direction traffic".

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    This should be a good one. 4 answers so far... all different!

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    I can see where you are coming from with your vote for yourself. I guess any sticky situation you get yourself in involving any of the above is a result of you putting yourself there so it makes sense. I voted based on what has caused me the only injuries and truly hazardous situations in my time cycling (all due to mistakes on my part of course). For those who haven't voted, my vote was for rubble/debris/potholes/poor road surface (which I'll include black ice in).

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    I don't think anyone would dispute that HH is the biggest danger to himself!
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom
    I don't think anyone would dispute that HH is the biggest danger to himself!
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    I have to say, it kind of depends. I just stay vigilent and defensive.

    Keep the rubber side down...
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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951
    I can see where you are coming from with your vote for yourself. I guess any sticky situation you get yourself in involving any of the above is a result of you putting yourself there so it makes sense. I voted based on what has caused me the only injuries and truly hazardous situations in my time cycling (all due to mistakes on my part of course). For those who haven't voted, my vote was for rubble/debris/potholes/poor road surface (which I'll include black ice in).
    Right. I was just wondering if anyone else looked it at that way.

    As I relayed in another thread right before starting this poll, this stems from someone asking me the other day what I felt was my biggest threat when riding in traffic. His eye brows shot up when I answered without hesitation, me.

    That, by the way, is also the reason I won't drink and bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmet Head
    People buzzing you at 50+ is listed as "same-direction traffic".
    I guess I was thinking different levels of same directions traffic. 90% of same direction traffic is not a danger to me, but the people who try to see how close they can get and how fast they can go doing it, they are definitely a danger.
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    I haven't even ridden a bike in 3-5 years, and when I did I never left my suburb, but I know the biggest threat to me is going to be drivers. Although both times I scratched myself up as a kid were on sidewalks, people in this town have no freaking idea how to drive. I'm beginning to wonder if they even sell cars with turn signals in this town. If I go on any street that isn't cut off from the rest of traffic, I know i'm going to be dealing with idiots.

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    I almost said drunk drivers (I was hit by one a few years ago), but settled on inattentive drivers.

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    I voted "you". But does that mean you or does that mean me? Either way. That's my vote.
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    UM, can i choose several? how 'bout,
    Narrow Lanes,.
    Inattentive Drivers,
    AND intersections?
    Ride. Ride. Crash. ER. Ride. Ride. Break bike. Fix it. Ride.

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    #1: Other: Aggressive drivers enforcing an imaginary law.
    #2: Inattentive drivers.

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    The only time I have been close to getting into trouble was by my own inattentiveness.
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    #3: Arrogant cyclists running lights while I have the right of way.

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    No bike lanes, that's our biggest problem here.
    We have only one MUP that is of any use for utility cycling and the roads... well, no one in their right mind would attempt to cycle them, I don't care what size of shotput you are swinging down low.

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    Same direction traffic who will not yield as you try to switch lanes from far right to a left turn lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmet Head
    This should be a good one. 4 answers so far... all different!
    Quote Originally Posted by Helmet Head
    People buzzing you at 50+ is listed as "same-direction traffic".
    Yeah; and the OP's interpretation of the "results" should be a doozy!

    Especially since the distinct categories are set up to arrive at the predetermined conclusion - My prediction it is - same direction traffic is cited as problem by only a few cyclists.

    In fact, all the choices, except perhaps cross traffic, are subsets of same direction traffic in most credible scenarios. Even potholes may cause a threat to cyclists by putting them into a an unexpected situation facing a greater risk from the surprised following traffic.

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    I hate to sound sexist, but mainly women. And if they're on a cell phone, you may as well pull over and wait until they're gone.

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    Chip, I could have sworn that the last time I saw your avatar your dog's head was on your body and your head was on the dog. Now it's back to normal. You're freakin' me out, dude.
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    My own absent-mindedness.

    This winter, ice is running a close second.

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    The biggest threat to me is the mistaken notion that, for some reason, I don't belong on the road. That and meteorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
    The biggest threat to me is the mistaken notion that, for some reason, I don't belong on the road. That and meteorites.
    Yes, meteorites!! I've been preaching about the evils of those things for years and no one has listened!!

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