Why not to ride your bike on the sidewalk.

24 05 2009

As the weather is getting nicer there are more and more cyclists out, which is a good thing, but many of these muppets are riding on the sidewalk. Even some those I saw on the way to the ride of silence in full team kits were engaged in this deplorable, un-natural, depraved behavior. DISGUSTING.

Here are a few reasons from bicycle safety not to ride on the sidewalk (other than the fact that it is morally reprehensible):

“Crossing between sidewalks can be a fairly dangerous maneuver. If you do it on the left-hand side of the street, you risk getting slammed as per the diagram. If you do it on the right-hand side of the street, you risk getting slammed by a car behind you that’s turning right. You also risk getting hit by cars pulling out of parking lots or driveways. These kinds of accidents are hard to avoid, which is a compelling reason to not ride on the sidewalk in the first place.

And another reason not to ride on the sidewalk is that you’re threatening to pedestrians. Your bike is as threatening to a pedestrian as a car is threatening to you. Finally, riding on the sidewalk is illegal in some places.  If you do plan on riding on sidewalks, do it slowly and EXTRA carefully, ESPECIALLY when crossing the street between two sidewalks.”

Aside from the fact that it is more dangerous to ride your bike on the sidewalk than in the street, properly, with traffic, the police may punch you in the head.

at least he maced himself.

Heres the  link to Bicycle Safety a good, simple safety related site, with DIAGRAMS! ooooooooooh shiney………………………..

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