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Archives for the day Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Basics of Road Cycling Safety

Bike safety is an important topic that should be covered year-round, but it’s increasingly important now that more of us are dusting off bikes in the garage.

As someone that both drives and rides a bike around Alameda, I see frightening behavior from both sides — and it’s these chaotic, reckless moments that could be avoided. Here is a helpful video that covers the three most likely incidents facing cyclists:

I’ve learned to naturally assume drivers don’t know I’m there, as many drivers clearly aren’t paying attention when behind the wheel. Sadly, I’ve had drivers intentionally open a car door in front of me, or intentionally pinch me off when trying to turn right.

Be aware — and stay safe — out there this summer, because we don’t want you to end up a human hood ornament!