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  •  We get bikers killed on our narrow (8+ / 0-)

    roads and busy intersections all the time.  And a recent study showed that drivers consider the bike lanes to be merely extensions of the driving lane.

    And this despite a new state law requiring vehicles to give a 6-foot berth to anyone on a bike.

    There's definitely some consciousness-changing that needs to be done.

    "No man is my enemy, my own hands imprison me, love rescue me." -- Love Rescue Me/U2

    by winterbanyan on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 06:01:06 AM PDT

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    •  Road rage and cyclists (4+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey, winterbanyan, BYw, NCrissieB

      It's pretty darn easy for drivers to become enraged at bicyclists. Sometimes they have "good reason" as cyclists blithely ride two abreast, or unnecessarily far out into the road, causing multiple cars to stack up behind them for extended periods of time. Often, there is no reason, but the rage happens anyway, just from general irritation at a slightly inconvenient "other". And it goes the other way too-- it's easy enough for cyclists to feel contemptuous, superior, and entitled with respect to those fat, inconsiderate slugs hurrying by in their cars.

      In my area, we've had a few deaths in recent years (of cyclists, of course) as a result of these rageful interactions. In a couple of cases, there was alcohol involved. IMHO, it was not so much that drinking made the drivers lose control of ther cars, more that they lost control of their emotions.

      My sense is that the rage factor is a bit less these days, thankfully. In part this may be due to an extended "share the road" campaign by county gummint, and maybe also just because cyclists have become more numerous, so sharing the road with cyclists has become a more routine, expected part of driving.

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