Sidewalks

Discussion in 'Activism / Safety' started by bikerider, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. bikerider

    bikerider Guest

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    Does everyone here typically ride on sidewalks when bicycling or do you just bike on the road with the cars and obey the traffic laws?
     
  2. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    A little of both. Mostly I stick to the roads, but in certain instances, the sidewalk is a better choice.
     

  3. bantam700

    bantam700 New Member

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    on the road and obeying the laws. 15+ mph on a sidewalk is asking for flat tires, messed up wheels, and a really good chance at going over the handlebars. While riding on sidewalks you are a danger to pedestrians, plus drivers are less likely to notice cyclists on sidewalks which makes intersections and driveways extremely dangerous.
     
  4. tajcrews

    tajcrews New Member

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    Kinda depends on where and what i am riding.
     
  5. TxCyclist

    TxCyclist Administrator Staff Member Admin Staff

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    Mostly road but I will hit the sidewalk when it's the safer option.
     
  6. Gomez

    Gomez Member

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    I agree.
     
  7. michaelangelo

    michaelangelo Guest

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    I'm in agreement here.
     
  8. CTD50

    CTD50 DX's Biggest Member

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    There are some streets in this town that are 'ride at your own risk' deadly, so I'll take the sidewalk for them. It has the added bonus that only about 50 people walk anywhere here, and 5 of them live with ME.
     
  9. Chris516

    Chris516 New Member

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    Road only. Too many chances for an accident on the sidewalk.
     
  10. rawhite1969

    rawhite1969 Back in the Saddle

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    Only on the sidewalk when it is part of a trail or absolutely necessary. Is perfectly legal in Indy provided you yield to pedestrians. In Indiana, is a city-by-city ordinance.
     
  11. London

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    No sidewalks ever. Too much chance of getting clipped by a car popping out of a driveway. Being in the road (when there is a sidewalk) gives you a split second longer to react to cars coming out of their driveways. Besides, I would not want to (in any way) mess up a pedestrian in a sidewalk with my bike. That wouldn't be good for the ped or for me in court.
     
  12. Skidmark

    Skidmark Cycling for life

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    We ride a lot of sidewalks. I have seen more bears, snakes, deer, ect. than people on them. We do use the roads where there are bike lanes, and on secondary roads in rural spots were traffic is very light. Its also legal here.
     
  13. London

    London Guest

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    Bears? I see one bear and I never go outside again.
     
  14. cgburns

    cgburns Christopher G. Burns, Esq

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    Sidewalks, Safety and the Law

    Be careful about using the sidewalk. Most cycling safety studies have found that cyclists fare much worse on the sidewalk than in the road. Furthermore, many local communities have passed laws either banning or restricting cycling on the sidewalks. In Florida, where I live, it is illegal to ride on the sidewalk in various towns.
     
  15. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    It's illegal to ride on the side walk here but tolerated due to unsafe cycling conditions in some places by some officers. How is it worse for us to be on the side walk?
     
  16. cgburns

    cgburns Christopher G. Burns, Esq

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    People wonder how riding bikes on sidewalks can be dangerous. First, there is a greater chance of minor collisions with cyclists and pedestrians due to poorer visibility and restricted room and also a greater chance of falling down. However, the likelihood of a collision with a motor vehicle also increases. These accidents occur at intersections and driveways, the former more deadly. Unwilling to dismount and often unwilling to wait for the light, the bike rider starts across the intersection parallel to the main road, completely hidden from a turning motorist until the last second, when it's often too late for the motorist to stop. A study of these risks was made in 1994 and showed that sidewalk cycling is almost twice as dangerous as cycling in the street, and cycling against the traffic on the sidewalk is over four times as dangerous as cycling in the street.
     
  17. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    wow I didn't know that. Never again.
     
  18. Chris516

    Chris516 New Member

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    I can personally attest to the stupidity of riding on the sidewalk. I was riding on the sidewalk of a busy four-lane road. At one point, I lost my balance, due to conditions on the sidewalk. I ended up falling into the street.:eek: The driver had to hit their brakes hard. I would have been severely injured or killed:(, if the motorist hadn't hit their brakes:).
     
  19. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    That sounds horrible.
     
  20. Skidmark

    Skidmark Cycling for life

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    london, Yes we have plenty of bears. Mainly they are active at night and rarely seen. The other morning I turned a corner near right after leaving my house and suddenly realized I was only fifty feet from a HUGE bear just leaving a yard with three trash cans just inside the fence. I swear he looked at me like I owed him money.