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41 I'm a slow, occasional cyclist and I feel a lot safer riding the way I walk, against the traffic. Is that OK?




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This article is from the California Driving (and Surviving) FAQ, by "George J Wu" georgewu@netcom.com with numerous contributions by others.

41 I'm a slow, occasional cyclist and I feel a lot safer riding the way I walk, against the traffic. Is that OK?

from cortesi@netcom.com (David Cortesi) on 22 Jun 93:

Absolutely not, because as a vehicle operator you should ride with the other
vehicles, on the right. Besides being legal, you are safer on the right.
Two of many reasons: A driver entering from a side street or driveway
always looks to the left before pulling out. If you are riding on the wrong
side, you approach toward the back of the driver's head and he or she is
likely to pull out into you. Plus, when you meet a cyclist riding 20 mph
toward you in the bike lane, which way do you dodge? Should you pass on the
right or the left? It's a sticky situation all too likely to end with a
head-on crash.

From Jym Dyer (jym@remarque.berkeley.edu) on 1 Nov 1993:

Statistically speaking, it is much safer to ride with auto traffic than
against it. I myself feel a lot safer (and have managed to avoid being
hit) by using a rear-view mirror. My favorite type is a small wide-angle
mirror, the type that attaches to eyeglasses or a helmet.

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