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Re: “Share the Road

who said anyone had the right to kill. If a cyclist is not seen because they are hidden its there fault. And yes the driver is not cited. After all the biker was not following the law.

The point here is:
--get lights and be seen at night
--go with the flow of traffic
     (if you are coming from the wrong direction you don't see stop signs*)
     (You blend in behind parked cars when a car is turning.)
--wear a helmet just in case

*personal experience a biker that goes the wrong way and tbones you because there is no stop sign on one ways when you go the wrong way WILL get ticketed.

It is also worthless to assume all drivers are paying attention to the biker. The good biker drives defensively, makes sure they are seen, and follows safe biking practices. As was stated the biker is the one who will get hurt, and must make sure to compensate for the bad driver, and make sure the good driver sees them.

A turning car -- granted in New Orleans, most people don't use blinkers, but there is no guarantee even if they pass you that they will be looking for you. Let alone if you sneak up on a stopped car.

Blind spots -- be aware of a cars blind spots.

Be seen -- wear colorful clothing, use reflectors and reflective clothing, and use lights.

BE BIG -- don't hide against cars. Be to the side, but be aware of the possibility you will blend in, be aware of the potential of car doors opening, cars pulling out, etc. Use the center of the lane when there is no room for a car to pass. But if there is room to pass make room you don't want an upset driver near you when you are vulnerable.

Be aware of the car about to parallel park. When they back into the spot there left side swings out. On a one lane road, a biker will get ticketed if they collide with a car while trying to pass the parking car on the left.

You are not a pedestrian. If you want to be treated as one walk your bike, and follow the laws of a pedestrian. (that does not mean straddle your bike) A friend was ticketed for straddling there bike facing the wrong direction while talking to a friend when they were hit by a turning truck (entergy). Totally the trucks fault, but no the biker got the ticket.

See these tips:

(granted its a california site, but they are progressive, and have worked out the safest ways to bike even without bike lanes)

Posted by pmheart6 on 06/10/2009 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Share the Road

This is a two way street. I respect bikes, but they don't respect the rules of the road. I am all for a rolling stop. After all they are going slow and are the ones to get hurt, but otherwise they need to follow the rules of the road.

I have been run into by a biker going the wrong way on a one way street. I had no stop sign and they didn't see a stop sign because they were coming from the wrong direction.

Also when I am turning, onto a one way street, I look for nearby things i.e. people and objects that may get in my way. Bikers coming from the wrong direction blend in and may get hit. If I am already on the road I see them.

Bikers also disreguard several other basic safety measures. Helmet's and lights. If I can't see you, I can't avoid you! If you die, its probably because you were not wearing a helmet. Less than 1% of the bikers I've seen in NOLA use either.

Wearing a bicycle helmet while biking, for example, can reduce your risk of head injury by 85 percent, and reduce the risk of brain injury by 88 percent, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

According to CPSC's 2004 estimates, bicyclists received about 151,000 head injuries that were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Nearly 11,000 or 7 percent of those emergency room visits resulted in hospitalization.

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Posted by pmheart6 on 06/09/2009 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Squeal Bar-B-Q: Smoke on Oak

I enjoyed there food. Not someplace people talk about yet so I forget to go or suggest it, but I hope to pick up my pace a little.

Posted by pmheart6 on 03/22/2009 at 9:10 AM

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