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on Aug 23, 2013
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And many drivers don't understand the rules of the road regarding two-wheeled travelers.
Please explain this comment.
Two wheeled travelers are vehicles, the same as the four wheeled kind.
They have the same rules of the road. They have to stop at stop signs and red lights, signal when making turns, overtaking, or changing lanes, give way to pedestrians, etc. etc. They need lights at night and need to travel on the right.
Yes, bicyclists have the same rights as car drivers. The most important safety lesson that we taught our kids is don't let drivers force you into the gutter. If there is no marked bike lane, ride approximately 4 feet to the left of any parked cars, or from the curb if parallel parking is banned. If you ride too far to the right, car drivers have a hard time seeing you when they pull out of driveways and they will constantly try to cut you off at intersections. Also, the gutter is full of debris like broken auto glass and potholes in the gutter are rarely fixed promptly.
Many drivers also don't know how to turn right legally and safely in the presence of bicyclists or a bike lane. They are required to merge to the right curb, yielding to any bicyclists who may be there or approaching, then turn right from the curb. Many race to cut off bicyclists or stop to their left and then turn right from the middle of the road.
I also see a lot of cars parked on the wrong side of the street in Palo Alto. This is illegal and presents a hazard to bicyclists.
"Many people don't have basic knowledge about what to do in an emergency — and what not to do, Van Fleet said."
Palo Alto does zero analysis when it comes to development and emergency safety, especially egress networks and evacuation. Look at what they did at Maybell. I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around what happened there - all councilmembers being from the school of if-there's-an-emergency-CYAG —and then seeing this fair.
Note to cyclists:
The laws of physics trump the laws of man. Complain all you want, but when you go up against a 3000 pound vehicle, you will lose.
If you really want safe cycling, lobby and pay for dedicated bicycle infrastructure.
To Cyclists of all ages - please stop riding on the sidewalks (unsafe to pedestrians), and stop speeding down the street when you ride. Cars cannot see you well at that speed, in time enough to stop. Safety needs to be follwed by all those who use the roads.
A bicycle is a vehicle in relation to a pedestrian. it is a pedestrian in relation to a vehicle. Explained to me by a PAPD officer!