We have recently succeeded with cases just like this, but much depends on the records.Hopefully, for cyclists reading this, these five examples have included some helpful suggestions and reminded you of some things that you already knew.
There seem to be lots of adverts at the moment for adapting bikes as an alternative to buying electrically assisted bikes off the shelf. New cyclists gravitate toward perceived cycling preserves like Metroparks and bike trails.There are three problems with the risk avoidance approach; it does not teach necessary cycling skills, it does not reflect the broader cycling environment and it creates a false sense of security at the possible cost of taking time to learn good bike handling and road cycling skills. What would be the legal position if I was to hit a dog possibly breaking its leg Tony.Hi Tony, good to hear from you. In short, Therein lies a lesson: Risk can be managed and moderated, but that management must be willful and methodical.Perhaps the best practitioner of risk management is the military. There is one problem with this perception: The data does not support it. With so many cars on the road, the volume of traffic and impatience of some drivers can be cause for concern. Is road cycling dangerous? That’s rule one of road positioning on a bicycle. ”Alan, Firstly- thank you very much Sir. The biggest hazard I find are dog walkers, only a small minority, who take no notice when you ring a bell and leave their dog roaming loose or on one of those extending leads that block your path. A cursory examination of my first person experiences might point to a knee-jerk analysis like this: “See… the sport is dangerous, But there is more to each of my experiences. Triathlon is fed by several demographics; participants completely new to endurance sports, participants coming into triathlon from distance running, participants coming from a collegiate sports background. I also give hand signals when turning.Hi David, thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. The false perception of cycling as dangerous has many causes:one being the endless promotion of helmets by the industry and uninformed safety advocates.
Several weeks ago a multiple-fatality car accident at a local Metropark was initially reported on social media as a cycling accident. If I’m holding up traffic then I will pull over and let it pass. What I should have done is checked the facts before I posted about the accident.What is the truth about road cycling safety? Hope that helps. This proliferation of social media posts about cycling accidents contrasted with boring accident analysis likely contributes to the misconception that cycling is more dangerous than ever.This last decade has produced a new culture of sport cyclists, many of them attracted to cycling by triathlons. The most important piece of advice relates to your riding style, which may become more assertive or defensive depending on the situation.Unfortunately though, the accidents I have described above are rarely attributable to the actions of the cyclist. However, people often forget, so bearing this in mind may be helpful for new riders.For cyclists, the final danger I want to point out has nothing to do with other motorists – the danger can be the road surface itself.Potholes can be really dangerous for cyclists and may sometimes seem unavoidable. The perception is that road cycling is more dangerous today than a decade ago. Less assertive cyclists worry that being further out may put them in the way of the traffic. Being in the traffic stream helps you to be treated like traffic. It is worth trying to remember this when you are passing (usually parked) traffic on your nearside though, and leave a bit more room.When I can see cars parking and people getting in and out of their vehicles I usually adopt a more central position.