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Year: 2011

Common Hazards: The “Screened Left Cross”

Posted on June 14, 2011 in Safety

The “left cross” is another common crash type. It happens to both bicyclists and motorcyclists. This can also be divided into 2 basic circumstances. The first happens when a driver simply does not see a cyclist or motorcyclist who is plainly visible. The best way to prevent this is to ride prominently, seek some indication…

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Common Hazards: The “Right Hook”

Posted on June 12, 2011 in Safety

The crash type known as a “right hook” is another common urban crash. There are 2 basic types of right hook crashes. One happens when an oblivious driver overtakes a cyclist and immediately turns right. This is best prevented by riding far enough into the lane to make drivers change lanes to pass, the ones…

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Common Hazards: Dooring

Posted on June 10, 2011 in Safety

Cyclists in large cities become aware of this one sooner or later. “Dooring” is what happens when a motorist or passenger opens a car door into the path of a bicyclist. A dooring can be relatively minor—resulting in nothing more than scrapes, bruises and rattled nerves—or it can result in death. While a cyclist can…

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Speed Bumps in the Path of New San Francisco Bike Plan

Posted on June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Speed Bumps in the Path of the Bicycle Juggernaut By SCOTT JAMES Dr. Frank Gilson is recuperating from a bad case of road rash — not from ill-fitting cycling shorts, but from a grueling encounter with San Francisco’s bike plan. Enlarge This Image Scott James/The Bay Citizen A new bike lane on 17th Street in…

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How to Make a Left Turn

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

There are two proper methods for making a left turn on a bicycle: 1. Using Traffic Lanes As you approach the intersection, look over your left shoulder for traffic. If clear, signal your turn and move over to the left side of the lane, or into the left or center turn lane. Position yourself so…

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When to Take the Traffic Lane

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

This is another question I am often asked. If there is no shoulder or bicycle lane and the traffic lane is narrow, ride closer to the center of the lane. This will prevent motorists from passing you when there is not enough room. You should also use the traffic lane when you are traveling at…

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“How Far to the Right?”

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

This is by far the question I am most frequently asked when giving presentations to cyclists. Ride on the right, but not so far that you might hit the curb. You could lose your balance and fall into traffic. Do not ride too far to the right: – When avoiding parked vehicles or road hazards….

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