Sunday, July 21 2013 @ 08:51 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
Bicycling has many advantages to the individual from health to pleasure. To the city, bicycling can help spur development and promote economic vitality by getting people to interact with community around them. Many of those benefits are enumerated elsewhere. Instead, this article looks at the areas of tension that occur between cars and bicyclists
People typically become aware of the rules only after they’ve personally broken them or seen the terrible results of breaking then on the news. A knee-jerk reaction to policy does little to make people safer. Local jurisdictions and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) need to get out in the streets and inform the public about bicycle safety and rules.
Public awareness will also help drivers and cyclist navigate intersections. Many drivers aren’t cyclists and don’t appreciate the feeling of danger a cyclist can feel from an aggressive driver and the difficulty in accelerating from a stop to the speed of traffic.