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December 13, 2011


Steve Fitzpatrick

Bill, I'm sorry to hear about the virus thing. Get well quick! I don't think decals are the answer. Cyclists have to take responsibility for their own safety. On my daily ride, I see more cyclists without Helmets, Lights, & Sound devices than with. Many operate contrary to the rules of the road, be it on the trail or the streets.
Maybe some kind of safety certification should be mandatory to even get on a bicycle? Maybe even as part of the public school curriculum?


I disagree with you, Steve...
I'm currently in Japan and here it seems that no cyclists wear helmets and many don't have lights; they consistently go whichever way they want on the road or sidewalk (including against traffic) and yet it is a very safe mode of transportation. That is because drivers respect and watch out for cyclists (and all pedestrians) and responsibility is on the onus of the driver. In Europe, again, all responsibility is on the driver, and thus drivers take extra precautions to prevent hitting cyclists and thus it is a safe option. It should not be solely the job of the cyclist to remain safe, but the job of both parties. I absolutely think cyclists should wear helmets, as well as have lights and bells, but the idea that it's ALL our responsibility will get us nowhere and prevent more people from choosing cycling.

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Bill Bean

  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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