bike 101: bicycle safety and sharing the road

In light of this sad post on Let’s Go Ride a Bike, I thought it would be good to share this infographic recently published in the Boston Globe on sharing the road safely.

If you’re a cyclist, please be careful when riding in the door lane of cars! I see so many cyclists on their phone or seeming distracted while riding, which is probably harmless most of the time but potentially dangerous when cycling next to cars. Even parked cars.

And when you’re driving, please take a moment to check behind you when parked and about to open your door!

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5 Responses to bike 101: bicycle safety and sharing the road

  1. Jessie says:

    Yay! My main problem (as both a motorist and a bicyclist) is that bikes, especially on campus in Madison, do not stop at stop signs. Somehow they don’t think the rules apply to them. And that in turn irritates motorists and causes them to assume all bicyclists are crazy. Sigh. I almost feel that bike safety should be a required course in college!

    • simplybike says:

      I hate that, the not stopping at stop signs! It sends everyone all the wrong messages (cyclists as not having to adhere to regular traffic laws, cyclists as reckless and unpredictable, etc) and it’s extremely dangerous too. I wish there was some sort of cycling road safety course required of people.


  2. Dottie says:

    This is nice to see in a major publication. I would like to see more (and more prominent) tips for drivers, though.

  3. Jenny says:

    Thank you for posting this, I live in Boston, but hadn’t seen it. I actually drive much more than I bike because I work 40 minutes away from home, but I’ve noticed Boston’s efforts to become more bike friendly in the last couple years with new bike lanes all over the place. I think that’s great, but as a driver more often than a biker I can tell you I am always a little afraid of bikers when I see them around me. Just as Jessie mentioned, the problem is I just don’t know what any given biker is going to do. I have frequently seen bikers run both stop signs and red lights, not signal, move unexpextedly around the road, go the wrong way down the middle of our one-way streets, etc. I also see many bikers do everything right, but bikers who don’t follow the rules give everyone a bad name and make it hard for drivers to learn how to properly share the road. I’m hoping now that the city is making the effort over time everyone will become more accustomed to this, but in the meantime I just try and give all bikers lots of room!

    Also, I just want to say that I so enjoy this blog. I don’t bike much, I’m not yet a parent, but after following you on academichic for a long time it was so great to know that one of you was still writing! Whatever the topic I enjoy your voice and feel like it’s great to read about, not only things I do frequently, but also things I know very little about.

    So thanks!

  4. Natalie says:

    Thanks for this! A few years ago my advisor broke his collarbone when a car door opened into the bike lane, hitting him (he’s fine now, and still riding his bike to school). Since then, I’ve been extra paranoid, both as a cyclist and when I’m in a car about the possibility of car doors hitting cyclists.

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