Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Bikes: Rebel Cycles Trike, Trek 7500FX
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Originally Posted by 1ply
Cue Jeff-o - the resident recumbent evangelist!
Yes! I ride a recumbent trike in traffic every workday of the year. Cars give me more room when they pass (especially when I have my super-lights on), and I've never been in an accident (knock on wood!) The drivers in your area might be different, though.
Here are some tips:
- Assert your position on the road. Don't keep one wheel in the gutter trying to stay out of the car's way. Ride as safely to the right as you can, but if you ever feel as if it would be safer to have the whole lane to yourself, then take it!
- Act like a car. That means no filtering, no cutting through parking lots, no switching between road and sidewalk. Stunts like this will get you hurt - cars aren't expecting a low-slung vehicle zipping around like that.
- Make yourself visible. This goes for everyone on a bike. Bright lights at night are a must. Your flag will certainly help during the day.
- Ride the same route every day. Eventually drivers will recognize and remember you, and be more courteous.