Frequently Asked Questions

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Bridge Etiquette: Lions Gate Bridge and Approaches

Bridge Etiquette: Iron Workers Memorial Bridge and Approaches

What Are the Bicycle Helmet Laws on the North Shore?

Is it OK to Ride Against Traffic?

No. According to http://bicyclesafe.com/:

Riding against traffic may seem like a good idea because you can see the cars that are passing you, but it's not. Here's why:

  1. Cars which pull out of driveways, parking lots, and cross streets (ahead of you and to the left), which are making a right onto your street, aren't expecting traffic to be coming at them from the wrong way. They won't see you, and they'll plow right into you.
  2. How the heck are you going to make a right turn?
  3. Cars will approach you at a much higher relative speed. If you're going 15mph, then a car passing you from behind doing 35 approaches you at a speed of only 20 (35-15). But if you're on the wrong side of the road, then the car approaches you at 50 (35+15), which is more than twice as fast! Since they're approaching you faster, both you and the driver have lots less time to react. And if a collision does occur, it's going to be ten times worse.
  4. Riding the wrong way is illegal and you can get ticketed for it.

One study showed that riding the wrong way was three times as dangerous as riding the right way, and for kids, the risk is seven times greater.

Nearly one-fourth of crashes involve cyclists riding the wrong way. Some readers have challenged this, saying if 25% of crashes are from going the wrong way, then riding the right way is more dangerous because it accounts for 75% of crashes. That thinking is wrong. First off, only 8% of cyclists ride the wrong way, yet nearly 25% of them get hit -- meaning wrong-way cyclists really are three times more likely to get hit than those who ride the proper way. Second, the problem with wrong-way biking is that it promotes crashes, while right-way biking does not. For example, cyclists running stop signs or red lights is 17% of their crashes. But do we therefore conclude that not running signals causes 83% of crashes?! (Hint: No.)

Is it OK to Ride on the Sidewalk?

What Do You Mean by City Biking?

City biking is a term to define bicycling in a city environment for purposeful trips, such as commuting to work, going shopping, visiting the doctor/dentist/hair dresser, etc. It does not include recreational riding (mountain biking and general "riding for fun"). Most city biking is done along major transportation corridors with the object of efficiency as opposed to enjoyment (although enjoyment does play a big part in why we do it!).

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