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What's more dangerous: cycling or driving?
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Posted 1/7/13
My initial argument was this:

When you see a car crash into a pole there is obviously more visible damage than when a bike crashes into a pole. If two bikes ran into each other, the people who are riding the bike don't typically die. I'm not saying drivers typically die when they hit each other either, but I would consider it a close call if you get away with just a few scratches and bruises. Of course, if a car hits a cyclist, obviously the person riding the bike would be in big trouble but that goes for any normal pedestrian walking across the street.
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If I recall, driving kills more people in America than anything else.
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stupidity is always fair game.
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Oh i know this one about this dangerous part since im a bicycle person always riding every single day for work i would say most dangerous is actually the bicycle not cars since i used to drive at a younger age but now im in bike so there are more deaths on bicycles than cars since law permits cyclists to be with alongside car lanes rather than pedestrian sidewalks which is a no no to go in so for me im in alongside car lanes i know this fact that of experience been almost crashing into cars when cars just likes to bully cyclists to get off the road.

Thats my own fact but there are more reasons about bicycles being dangerous than driving since cars have airbags, seatbelts, ASD i thinkg thats what is called, but for bicycles you get brakes that dont help much and nothing else except for helmets but i dont know about if all equipment like that are entirely reliable. Well thats all i got to say about this answer of mine.
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People behind the wheel have no clue that in some part bicycles on the road is OK, as long as they can do the speed.
If they can't then side lanes are OK.
I have been knocked off my bike twice by an idiot on a wheel, seen some people I have known on my routes get hit and dragged while they scream their lungs out.

Had seen some bicyclist pull out a gun on a driver because the driver did NOT SLOW DOWN and was on a direct path on the bicyclist. (the driver took a wrong turn down a one way street. The bicyclist did yell for the driver to stop, waved his arms, etc.) The driver stopped when seeing the gun.

Had drivers literally "bump" me off the road, had drivers yell at me to get off the road, even though I was going at speed, had 2 bikes destroyed by idiots behind the wheel, and nearly ran over 4 times.

Are bicycles more dangerous to ride on? I have say no, because my mode of transportation doesn't weigh thousands of pounds.
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Posted 1/8/13
Well if I was in an accident I would want as much production as possible so I rather be in the car (they have more safety features then bikes).
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Posted 1/8/13

eegah87 wrote:

Well if I was in an accident I would want as much production as possible so I rather be in the car (they have more safety features then bikes).


Bikes have a limiter to them. The worst you can do in a normal accident is break a bone, bleed a little.
Get inside one of those death traps, a normal accident can be very deadly.

I'd rather take a bruised groin from a head on collision with another bike, than be carried by 6 from a head on collision by a car.
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I think that If your on the road then cycling. Cars, trucks and buses always rush past me leaving only few cm between us .
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I prefer to travel by pogo-stick.
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Putting the statistics aside, I think most people feel safer in cars or trucks. My mother feels that way herself.
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In terms of danger to yourself, cycling on a road is more dangerous than driving on a road, which is in turn more dangerous than cycling on a cycle path.
Including the dangers you put other people into, driving on a road is by far the most dangerous.
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Posted 1/8/13
Technically, there are far more hazards to riding a bicycle... However, with that in mind when you factor in just how many people are A: stupid and B: drive cars... Cars win through because of the higher probability of being injured simply because more people drive, more chances for something to happen; and as Micdeath noted, something trivial on a bike could be fatal in a car. With that said, I'm afraid to ride a bike where I live, poor quality roads, high winds and typically wet weather equates to a nightmare on two wheels, so easy to skid off track and into a 20 tonne bus coming the other way.
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Posted 1/8/13 , edited 1/8/13

micdeath wrote:

People behind the wheel have no clue that in some part bicycles on the road is OK, as long as they can do the speed.
If they can't then side lanes are OK.
I have been knocked off my bike twice by an idiot on a wheel, seen some people I have known on my routes get hit and dragged while they scream their lungs out.

Had seen some bicyclist pull out a gun on a driver because the driver did NOT SLOW DOWN and was on a direct path on the bicyclist. (the driver took a wrong turn down a one way street. The bicyclist did yell for the driver to stop, waved his arms, etc.) The driver stopped when seeing the gun.

Had drivers literally "bump" me off the road, had drivers yell at me to get off the road, even though I was going at speed, had 2 bikes destroyed by idiots behind the wheel, and nearly ran over 4 times.

Are bicycles more dangerous to ride on? I have say no, because my mode of transportation doesn't weigh thousands of pounds.


It's not just that it's OK to ride on the road, I don't know of anywhere that it's illegal to ride on the road, and in fact, there are parts of my city that it's illegal to ride on sidewalks. I've found that safety in riding a bicycle has more to do with limiting the effect of drivers' stupidity. I feel like the sidewalks are more dangerous because drivers don't really look for fast-moving vehicles on the sidewalks. At least when the douchebags yell at me through their window, they're not typically trying to hit me.

I'd say if drivers actually knew driving laws, then bikes would probably be safer, but as it stands, I feel like bad drivers, ignorant drivers, and assholes make bikes a little more dangerous.

Edit: Just to be clear, I'm not really disagreeing with anything you said, I'm just adding to it.
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Posted 1/8/13 , edited 1/8/13
I think a lot of problems with both push bikes and motor bikes is that car drivers are too unaware that there could be cyclists on the road as well, I have heard of a few times that's has caused a few incidents around where I live, although there have also been times where there have been serious motorbike accidents with no cars involved.
I think it just comes down to driving properly, if everyone does this then there would be no problem.
I suppose driving is safer for yourself, but you have to think about if you can take responsibility for the safety of other road users, if not you shouldn't be allowed to drive.
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Posted 1/8/13
On an individual level it depends on how you conduct yourself in traffic.

Many bicycle riders do seem to think they're immortal, the same goes for pedestians, especially those walking in the dark without reflectors.
When it comes to driving my mom says: "Always assume everyone else is an idiot and you should be fine." it has worked so far.
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