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Old 04-16-2014, 09:19 AM   #21
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Here's a recent news article about cycling safety in SC. Yeah, we are not so awesome.

Study: South Carolina near top among states in bike, pedestrian fatalities, but near bottom in spending – The Post and Courier

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Old 04-16-2014, 09:42 AM   #22
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Back in NYC some 9 years ago, I normally rode at a fast clip so I rarely used the bike lanes as they were often cluttered with double parked cars and peds waiting for the light to turn. I normally rode in traffic. I am not as concerned with bicycle friendly cities with bike lanes as I am concerned with the attitude of motorists. I have found if I ride in the city at a fast pace, the cars usually gave me a wide enough berth since they are not used to a fast moving cyclist. I never assume anything when it comes to cycling on city roads even eyeballing parked cars and open doors. I am looking for some conformation that 99% of the motorists in southern states are decent folks and are not looking to intentional hurt a cyclist. Of course, I know I can't control the unexpected actions of drivers (in any city) who maybe is tired, preoccupied, angry, drunk, or just plain stupid.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:58 AM   #23
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Yeah, unfortunately neighborhoods and most bike paths don't support 25mph intervals. The long bike path that runs by my house is usually also populated by runners, dog-walkers, siteseers, bird watchers, little kids on training wheels, in-line skaters, and ridiculously slow beach cruiser riders. I usually elect to ride on the (very wide) shoulder where I live, particularly on weekends, because the chance of an incident on the 8-foot shoulder is less than on the 3-foot bike path populated with all those obstacles.

It's not always a simple choice.
Very similar here. We usually cycle weekends and stick to the roads, which mostly have shoulders, but where you have wide shoulders you have motorists that want to drive on them, so many junctions have curbs built out to stop motorists using the shoulder to undertake traffic when turning right. This means that we can be riding at 15mph with traffic going by at 50mph on a nice wide shoulder but have to move into the road to avoid the curbs at junctions. Also the shoulders are not extensions of the concrete pavement but additions, meaning you have a join between shoulder and concrete that often develops into a gap and I know 2 people at our gym who have come off their bikes when their wheels have caught in the gap and broken their collar bones. No cars involved in either case, just moving out at a road junction to avoid the curb. A concrete post in the middle of the shoulder at the junction would thwart motorists and be more bike friendly, but overall the town is pretty well served for bikers, and with lots of bikes on the roads then motorists become accustomed to seeing them.

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