Thursday, January 17, 2008

[Cyclelicious] New comment on Merging into a bike lane is not the same as turnin....

Fritz has left a new comment on your post "Merging into a bike lane is not the same as turnin...":

Bob's argument -- and I agree with him -- is that the engineering and current law in Oregon invites right hook accidents.

People speeding 50 mph on residential streets has the same root cause -- we drive that fast because the wide, smooth straight 40 foot right of way is designed for that speed. Awareness is probably complete, and enforcement will slow people down for a short time, but those are just using toothpicks and Scotch tape on a fundamentally unsafe practice.

Passing a large truck on the right is often a bad idea. Truck drivers are probably among the most aware drivers on the road because of their significant limitations, but if you're in their blind spot, you're toast.

Posted by Fritz to Cyclelicious at 1/17/2008 08:58:00 AM