Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
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His opinion about 45 mph may be quite valid. Although it really depends on the particular street (it's just too fast for a residential street, IMO), it would certainly apply if the "ambient traffic" normally drives at around 45 mph. It's safer to drive at roughly the same speed as the traffic around you. It's like running with a herd of cattle.
I'll take the lane when needed, if the sidewalk just sucks, and
if traffic is slow enough that I can keep up. All three conditions exist in my neighborhood, so it's an easy choice.
I still drive, so I'm still constantly reminded by how much it can suck, how annoying it can be, and how idiotic other drivers usually are (it's easier to see their mistakes from the driver's seat than from a bike, I'd say). Back on the bike, I try to think of how I could stay predictable & visible, using situations to my advantage whenever possible while trying to not impede traffic flow (which not only irritates motorists but also encourages them to drive dangerously & unpredictably, even if they treat me with courtesy
So, I end up with a mix of methods, using whatever works best. I really appreciate the flexibility that cyclists still enjoy.
Last edited by BarracksSi; 01-12-08 at 01:34 PM.