Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bike Commuting 101 - Part 6 (Be an ambassador)

Don’t be surprised when somebody honks at you or suggests in a not so kind voice that you “get on the sidewalk”. Most of them do not realize the dangers involved in riding on sidewalks. You also want to be careful with how you react to such drivers. The driver that you give a “one fingered solute” to today may be passing you on your commute tomorrow. Don’t give them a reason to harbor a grudge against you and other cyclists. You should also obey ALL traffic laws. We are vehicles and should be treated like vehicles. That means we must act like vehicles at all times. Check your local laws and statutes for any bicycle specific laws. Some states give special privileges or enforce restrictions on cyclists that do not apply to motor vehicles.

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