Why Are Cyclists Who Ride In The Middle Of The Street?

Reproduction also read what the traffic code says about bicycles and cyclists u.s. Plates guide cyclists to track why occupy the track, instead of riding in the corner cet of são paulo recommends that cyclists take the track bicycles do not hinder traffic bicyclists must comply with the minimum speed of the roads?

The go bike always advocates the sharing of via as one of the main solutions to integrate bicycles into traffic and recommends that cyclists take the rolling strip. But this is not always understood by drivers – and even by some cyclists.

See for example the comment posted by a reader who identifies himself only as paul:

“ok. Ride the bike, but also cicloativistas like any other activist demand respect but not respect. 1, 5 m i think too much distance, especially taking into account that cyclists surpass our cars 10 cm and are on the left of the track and hold the traffic to 20 or 30 per hour. If they were on the right of the track overtaking was possible. But stay on the left forcing cars overcome the wrong side of the road if you don’t want to walk the 20 km/h. Respect cyclists. I hate activists who think cycle own the street.” (sic)

Paul spells out, rudely, your view that people should ride along the gutter, so that cars could use the same track where the rider is, for this “don’t spoil the transit”.

This opinion is common, derived from the idea that the streets are made for cars, no to displacement of people. Through this optic, the bicycles would be intruders and can use the tracks only if not to interfere in the movement of automobiles. Ie: occupy the track with the bike would be a disrespect to the car. Some even claim that bikes should use the sidewalk, so as not to disturb the cars.

But why occupy the track?

Is much safer for the cyclist occupy the track because this forces motorists who do not accept fulfill 1.5 m to change lanes to make a pass. Riding on the curb, the rider ends up the victim of drivers who think 1.5 m too much distance and insist on spending almost scraping.

Best a rude driver who hoot and curse, thinking it is the cyclist who thinks he’s the owner of the street (even if you’re sharing via instead require exclusivity), than the same rude driver passing the 10 cm of the handlebar – thinking “have space, i think we can” – and tipping cyclist had to dodge an open grill in the gutter.

Driver over safely

When there’s a truck or bus traveling slowly, the drivers change lanes and beyond. Just understand that the bike is also a vehicle, has the same right to movement than the others and has your speed limitation, that needs to be understood and accepted.

Change of track when it’s safe and exceeds the proper distance, without jeopardizing the cyclist. You know how to do that. If you can’t get through, just wait. Its haste is not worth a life, a leg or an arm.

And a cyclist or pedestrian is wrong, never, ever threaten your life with the car to teach him a lesson. Something could go wrong and you will have to carry the weight of having killed or maimed anyone, destroying the life of that person and your family…

Gutter is no place to bike. Street yes.

Cyclist, occupy the track to stay more secure – and be kind to the.

Driver, share the road, accepting the presence of the bicycle. The streets are all.

Why 1, 5 m and how to respect it

Who uses the bike on the streets daily – not only in parks, bicycle paths and lanes leisure – realize clearly that 1.5 m is a significant distance to be no contact if you are unbalanced, need to dodge a hole, irregularity of asphalt or someone who begins to cross the street without looking…

Who ride in the street also knows that it is not always possible to maintain a continuously straight and predictable trajectory, especially in our bumpy roads with asphalt, bucket stationed, drivers opening the car door without looking and cars out of garages and street corners without worrying about people who are passing.

1.5 m law (art. 201 of the ctb) aims above all to road safety. That distance was not taken out of the hat: in the examples of the above paragraph, stop could mean a fall – that also needs the 1.5 m for security did not turn into tragedy,

To illustrate, some people claim that antonio bertolucci, killed in june 2011 in sao paulo fell your bike and yourself for that was hit by the bus that killed him. It would be him, so the blame for your own death. But even if that were true, if the driver had kept the distance of 1.5 m antonio would continue buying your buns with the bicycle every morning.

And how to get that far?

We know, who’s in the car, it is not always possible to evaluate the distance of the cyclist. But getting this and is, in fact, something very simple: change, as would be done with any other vehicle, like a truck loaded, e.g.

Bikes have an obvious limitation of speed, that needs to be understood and respected. The acceleration of the bike is not as the car in which just engages another gear and stepping on a pedal effortlessly.

But …

-when there is no room for overtaking, by just being a two-way street with a single track in each direction?

-if the street is one-way, with parked cars, so that wouldn’t fit the car and a bike side by side with 1, 5 m?

To answer these questions, imagine that on your face for a car moving slowly, a truck, a bus or other vehicle any occupying the space to your front. As you would the overdrive? Would be forced to wait? The answer is there.

Cyclists in the hallway

The reader paul still says that cyclists surpass your car “to 10-20 cm away”. Well, probably this happens when the car is stopped (after all, the same comment says that bicycles are circulating the 20 km/h). I don’t see that risk could offer bikes to someone in a car, to overtake him when stopped or in lower speed to 20 km/h.

Could use the same argument that comment and say that a parked car occupying the “belt obliges the bicycles to exceed the 10-20 cm if didn’t want to stay” stops. We could also say that we respect that drivers not “congest”, but “hate that”, generalizing them like “carroativistas that think they own the street”. But that wouldn’t be very fair, is it?

Is better understand why a car is stopped the whole range, often for long minutes, until you can move by 3 or 4 meters and stop again. Best overcome it with tranquillity and walk away than start screaming at the driver to get out of the street because it’s in the way, like many who drive usually do with cyclists that are in motion.

When the cars are stopped, the rider has every right to pass them in the hallway. Have this right even in cases where other vehicles cannot do it, as in a temporary ban via (art. 211 of the traffic code). And, provided that there is adequate space for it and the cars are not moving, you won’t be putting yourself at risk by doing so. Also do not put at risk any driver (after all, it’s a little hard to take down a car with the handlebars of a bike).

But the cyclist should stay tuned to the signal that will open and the movement of the cars ahead. When you realize that the cars will start to move, must leave the hall and back to track, for your own safety. Always asking for space and thanking the kindness with a smile. The good drivers will appreciate your attitude.

See also:

Video: cyclist is knocked down per port in front of the taxicab driver, watch out: a thin can result in death bikes can travel in the corridor between cars? U.s. Boards guide cyclists to occupy the entire rolling strip bike in motofaixa can –? Reader says that bicycles cannot use the streets, so as not to disturb the cars

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