- - The recent thread "What can we learn from this video" raises a serious issue which may potentially obstruct pro-bicycling legislation. It is the fact that sometimes bicyclists do take spills in traffic which can lead to their own injury and disrupt traffic flow.
Two examples of my own:
1. When I first started riding again, my left shoelace got caught in the crank and so I could not prevent myself from toppling left into the traffic lane. There were no cars coming so I lucked out. (Now I tuck laces in)
2. I hit a patch of sand in the road which sent me down. Again, it was just luck that no cars ran over me.
My concern is that political interests who are against bicycle commuting can use this fact to their advantage: that it is a natural characteristic of bicycles that they can and (sometimes) do "fall over" and create a traffic hazard.
What can we, as bicycling advocates, do to anticipate and foil this argument?
Have any of you taken any dangerous spills in traffic?