Part of the reason why the road is seen as unsafe is that cars in the states don't see people riding on the road all the time.
So what other countries have you biked in?
If everyone on a bike was on the street...cars would always look out for us. People riding on the sidewalk put all of us at risk. The higher the bike traffic on the road...the safer we all are.
People riding on the sidewalk put all of us at risk.
Not if you have good brakes and slow down to near walking speed when you are around pedestrians and avoid narrow sidewalks. I can see how impatience can happen. It's a matter of respect for pedestrians.
There's times when double and triple file obese people choke the whole sidewalk, and that kind of pisses me off, but even these people deserve respect for their efforts of walking instead of just sitting.
So slow down for them too.
It is far more easier to slow a bike than a car enough to avoid injury.
If you are training for racing or endurance results, I really wish you go out of your way to find a bike friendly place with real nice bike paths to train with little risk, plenty time and space to avoid crashes
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The 19 year old whom I'm almost certain would have lived if she practiced some of my outlaw sidwalk riding techniques.
I try to drive my car as little as possible, but when I do, I drive on the sidewalk because there is less chance of an accident.