Comments on: Urban Cycling Basics Branding for Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Non-Profits, Landscape Architecture, & Urban Planning Companies Fri, 26 Jun 2015 02:21:58 +0000 hourly 1 By: The Do’s and Don’ts of Urban Cycling « Cleats & Cranks Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:53:04 +0000 [...]… [...]

By: Aascot Holt Thu, 14 Mar 2013 03:33:11 +0000 Sounds great, TRTP! I highly encourage you to write your own piece on the subject. You’ll reach more readers through your own page than through a comments section.

Best wishes,
Aascot Holt

By: TRTP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:21:07 +0000 Thanks for the updates. Your article is good for some quick black-and-white advice, my complaint would be that many situations are more nuanced.

Regarding “Hug the white line” (which you deleted), I would advise beginning cyclists as follows if they encounter a busy street without a bike lane: A) check if there’s an alternate route (like a neighborhood street), B) if they don’t feel comfortable taking the lane, go on the sidewalk if one is available. If any pedestrians are present, slow down to 3mph (walking speed) or dismount in their presence. C) If neither option A) nor B) is available take the lane.

Regarding helmets, I would advise people to wear them if that is the common practice for cyclists where they live and/or it makes them feel safer. No one in the Netherlands (or any country with high bike usage, or Davis, CA) wears a helmet, but those places have substantially safer streets than most North American cities.

Regarding hand signals, many drivers do not know what they mean. The only hand signal I’ve found effective is to point exactly where I plan on going, when the driver can actually see my hand. I would advise beginning cyclists to A) make eye contact with drivers, B) point where they are going and C) proceed after seeing an affirmative response, such as a nod or wave from the driver. If the circumstances of the encounter are such that the driver cannot see you, make eye contact, or have time to respond, I can only advise option D) assume the driver does NOT know what direction you plan on turning and act accordingly.

By: Aascot Holt Tue, 12 Mar 2013 02:31:39 +0000 I’ve removed the statement about hugging the white line, and added taking the lane. I’ve also edited the bit about helmets. Are you happy, people of the internet?

By: Chris Miller Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:04:37 +0000 If there is one thing you *DON’T* need to do, and which can be dropped from the list, it’s wear a helmet. They are little more than talismans for the ignorant.

If they were necessary (or even useful), then the Netherlands would be at the bottom of the biking safety charts. (With the huge share of cyclists of all ages and both sexes in the transportation mix there, nobody but for a small handful of nuts, most from the benighted Anglosphere countries, wears helmets.) Instead, they are the safest in the world bar none. That would be an impossibility if helmets were even a factor in cycling safety.

By: Brian Neary Sat, 09 Mar 2013 23:20:06 +0000 Aascot,

This article has been examined by the people on Reddit’s /r/bicycling and is very poorly regarded:

Please improve your research before writing about this subject.

By: abra1 Sat, 09 Mar 2013 22:37:53 +0000 DO NOT hug the white line on the edge of the road as a matter of course. It will encourage cars to squeeze into the same you, usually going too fast, and often not leaving nearly enough space. There is also often a lot of debris and uneven pavement (chunks missing, etc.) at the white line.

The closest call I’ve had to a serious accident is when I was hugging the line on a long incline in a 45mph zone and a dump truck shared the lane with me and didn’t even brake while passing me. Definitely wouldn’t have walked away from that if I’d had to swerve to miss a grate or hit a pothole or something. That was only the last and the scariest of incidents when I was uncomfortably squeezed before I changed my approach.

Take the lane: ride in the the middle of the lane or at the least in the right tire groove — that makes cars go into the next lane to get around you and they tend to give you enough room if they have to cross the lane line anyway. Move over periodically to allow cars to make their way around you if you get cars backed up behind you.

By: nowhere Sat, 09 Mar 2013 19:13:39 +0000 Don’t do this:

4. When in doubt, hug the white line

Even the article you reference says not to do this.

The relevant part is:

“Not Actually a Bike Lane – Sometimes areas on the roadway are mistaken for bike lanes when it’s actually just a “clear zone” mandated by many design standards. Sometimes, these clear zones turn out to be great places to ride a bike, so they are easily mistaken for bike lanes. However, these clear zones tend to disappear and reappear without warning, or have other design aspects (like rumble strips) that make them an unsafe place for cyclists.”