Generally speaking, you have three lanes on a city street: The travel lane for cars, the bike lane for cyclists and the sidewalk for pedestrians. These keep different modes of transportation in their separate spaces to keep everyone safe.
It is crucial that motorists understand that bike lanes are real lanes on the road. They need to treat them the same way that they treat any other lane.
Drivers are supposed to share the road with cyclists, and one of the most crucial issues is when a car has to pass a bike. At a time like that, drivers must give cyclists enough of a buffer zone to prevent an accident.
Cyclists face a lot of risks on the road, especially when drivers do not respect them and take intentional actions to cause accidents or put them at risk. Drivers know that they're not very likely to get injured in a car vs. bike crash, and it makes them act aggressively and dangerously.
National Bike to Work Week ran from May 13 to May 17. While the goal of the week was to get people to consider spending more time on their bikes, promoting cycling and reducing the number of cars on the road in California, it also served another purpose: drawing attention to just how dangerous biking can be.
Why do cyclists face such grave dangers on the roads of Southern California? As many of them will probably attest, a big part of the issue is just the way that drivers feel about cyclists.
Tragedy has struck Team California, as a 19-year-old cyclist who raced with the team recently died in an accident during a training run.
Two cyclists in California's Santa Clarita Valley lost their lives in quick succession when they were both hit by cars in recent days.
You know that cyclists and drivers should share the road. Cyclists have every bit as much of a right to that space as any car. They need a safe space to ride.
Cyclists need to be aware of the risks that they face whenever they ride around traffic. They can never let their guard down. Even places that feel relatively safe can lead to serious injuries in accidents.