Sharing the Road

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Sharing the Road

  1. 1. Sharing the Road<br />
  2. 2. The first car crash…<br />1896 – A motor vehicle <br />collided with a pedalcycle <br />rider (NHTSA.gov)<br />
  3. 3. From the cyclist’s point of view…<br />From BicycleUniverse:<br />Riding on the street is several times more dangerous than riding in the street.<br />Streets with bike lanes<br />38% lower crash rates than major streets without<br />56% lower crash rates than minor streets without<br />43,000 cyclists injured in traffic crashes in 2007, 52,000 in 2008<br />
  4. 4. From the driver’s point of view…<br />Crossing yellow line puts driver at risk<br />Windy, country roads = blind spots<br />Cyclists fail to follow rules of traffic or sport proper equipment<br />Packs of cyclists create more danger<br />
  5. 5. No room for cyclists<br />Maryland’s 3-foot rule won’t work<br />Police can ticket cars that come within 3 feet of bicyclists on public roadways<br />Many cyclists ride on road without shoulders, making 3 foot rule impossible<br />Cyclists should stick to roads with bike lanes, or ride on bike paths<br />Cyclists should avoid busy streets<br />

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