The Tour De Chance
July 11, 2005 8:08 AM Subscribe
BikeFilter: I live in a small but bustling city outside of a much larger one. For minor errands, I prefer biking over driving (when possible). So why do I have to bike on the road instead of on the sidewalk (it's a ticketable offense here)?
posted by Sinner to travel & transportation (92 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I try to bike in the road, I always find myself squeezed by reckless drivers of buses and cars who can easily kill me. So I chance it a lot and risk a ticket for biking on the sidewalk. It seems like it would make more sense if bike-riders were allowed to bike on the sidewalk - sure, if I were going at a good clip, I could certainly do some harm to a pedestrian, but the likelihood of severe injury to either of us is much less than SUV-on-me. Oh, and yes, there are bike lanes here ... they're overrun with cars making turns and/or pulling in and out of parking spots.
Note: this would be different if I were talking about real cycling at high speeds. I'm not: I'm just a guy on a bike trying to do the occasional errand.