Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tying Cycling Traffic Violations to a Cyclist’s Driving Record

  Asking drivers to share the road with bicyclists creates a growing sense of resentment, often associated with the act of giving something up for another’s gain. Feelings of not owing the other party anything accompany thoughts of extorting something … Continue reading

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Turn Signals: Does Anyone Know What They’re For?

  Once the novelty of learning to drive a car wears off, drivers get lazy. They forget the strict lessons taught to them early on and begin to take shortcuts. The longer they go without getting into an accident, the … Continue reading

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Texting While Bicycling Laws

  The dangers of texting while driving are well known. Any distraction from the road can cause an increase in accidents. And, unlike other forms of distracted driving, texting is a deliberate act. The driver chooses to communicate via text … Continue reading

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Using Medical Journals to Lend Credibility to Anti-Helmet Use Arguments

In countries with mandatory helmet laws, people opposed to helmet use regulation often go to great lengths to overturn the law. In New Zealand, for instance, a controversial report was recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal claiming that … Continue reading

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Could Anti-Bicycle Lane Sentiment Bring Peace to the Middle East?

For as long as I can remember, there has been conflict in the Middle East. In particular, I recall hearing about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, an ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the early 20th century. Among the … Continue reading

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Tailgating Bicycles

  Cyclists talk a lot about aggressive drivers. They talk about getting cut off when cars turn right directly in their path. And they talk about drivers buzzing them and nearly making them crash, but they rarely talk about tailgating. … Continue reading

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Sharrows: Confusion and Compromise

  On my post about bike lanes, a reader left a comment asking what I thought about sharrows. So, I gave it some thought. Looking back, I remember seeing sharrows springing up in my area a few years ago. Prior … Continue reading

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