Old 01-03-08, 11:35 PM
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Thanks, everyone. I took a Street Skills for Cyclists class offered by our local bicycle organization a few months ago. It said that most accidents are not the ones described in the Bicycling article (the car running over the cyclist from behind). That about half are the fault of the cyclist for not obeying rules and half the fault of the motorist. Most accidents were from car doors being open as cyclist rode past or the car making a right turn cutting off the cyclist. The class was interesting in that the instructor was against bike lanes because in his opinion most bike lanes are hazardous to cyclists (too close to parked cars; cars more likely to turn right and cut off the cyclist; drivers thinking that bikes don't belong in the lane; etc.) This article just revived my previous fears of being hit from behind. I really appreciate your sharing your thoughts with me about this.
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