Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Bicyclists, take the lead on safety

In recent times I find Davis people more and more often moved to anger over incidents where traffic brings car and bicycle together. What can those of us who use bicycles do to dissipate this emotional progress?

First: Model good behavior. We should make a point to fastidiously fulfill our obligations to traffic laws and customs. Recognize stop signs. Always signal a turn with an arm gesture. Politely acknowledge and wave to drivers who wait for you to pass before them. Use illumination when lighting is dim or dark.

Second: Don’t make things unnecessarily difficult. Avoid riding on busy roads when possible, such as Fifth, Covell or Eighth. Use a reasonable speed. Avoid left-hand turn lanes when possible. Keep a safe distance from moving cars. Wait for a comfortable gap in traffic when entering the roadway.

If we bicyclists of this city wish to avoid conflict and encourage safety, then we should begin by modeling good behavior and making it as easy as possible for drivers to respect us. We can and should lead in such a way as to earn respect from love rather than fear.

Timothy Nutter
Davis

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  • Rich RifkinApril 15, 2013 - 10:47 am

    "Avoid riding on busy roads when possible, such as Fifth, Covell or Eighth." ... One of these is not like the other two. Covell Blvd and Eighth Street have bike lanes and were designed for car and bicycle traffic. Fifth Street, from B Street to L Street has no bicycle lanes and was not designed for bicycle traffic. Until it is reconfigured, I highly recommend cyclists to ride on 3rd, 4th or 8th Street between B and L. It's dangerous for cars and bikes to have bicycle traffic on 5th in that stretch.

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