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What's more dangerous: cycling or driving?
Posted 1/8/13
Cycling i think it's a pretty dangerous thing to do especially if you live in London, so many cyclists die even with the mayor thing
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Posted 1/8/13
As a police officer, I would say that--although I've certainly seen more automobile accidents--I've seen a higher percentage of cyclists injured in their accidents, as opposed to motorists. Has to do with less protection of the body from initial impact and lack of restraining devices to prevent the cyclist from being thrown. Just a personal observation, though.
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Posted 1/8/13
On a per distance basis, accidents occur more frequently on bicycles than in cars. As others have pointed out, many of the accidents are from drivers not looking for cyclists or not knowing traffic laws. Something to consider that I do not think has been mentioned yet is the third most common accident for cyclists is being hit when someone opens a car door. This happened to someone a few years ago near where I worked at the time. He was pushed into oncoming traffic and didn't live.

Regardless of whether you are driving a car or a bicycle you need to be alert and attentive.

A couple good websites:
Share the Road
Biking Safely
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Posted 1/8/13

Lycanthrope wrote:

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.



Assume? Pssht, in my experience, I would say that 90% of drivers are idiots/not paying attention/assholes/or elderly and shouldn't even be allowed in a vehicle...:p

On topic, i actually feel much safer on a bike than in a car myself. In a car, since you are so big, it's hard to get out of the way of stupid people quickly. So you're always wary, always cautious. Where as on a bicycle, in a split second I can make a quick change and avert myself away from stupid. Still have to be wary, but much easier to get out of the way imo.

Also, PA now has a "4-foot passing" law. Means if you're driving your vehicle, you MUST leave 4 feet between your side and the bicycle, or you can't pass. which is nice on them tight roads.
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Posted 1/8/13 , edited 1/8/13
Seeing as I drive both motorcylcle and automobile. I can offer an interesting perspective for you. I notice thtat bicyclists complain a whole lot about auto drivers, I also can tell you honestly that most bicyclists DO NOT follow the rules of the road, i.e. stop signs, hand signals for turns, stay in lane etc.... also right in bicycle and driving handbooks it states that you must follow ALL laws involved in driving a bicycle that apply to an auto or motorcycle. I feel bicycles desrve every right to be on the road, I also feel that they also need to protect themselves by wearing bright clothing, etc. As a driver it is difficult to see a bicyclist due to the size of the machine and lack of profile. It is the bikers duty to make sure they are visable. Also I feel they should stay close to the shoulder so that they do not impede faster traffic. Motorcycles on the other hand, let me tell you.... I have a rather large profile bike, with the brightest headlights I can get and the automobile drivers still don't see me coming and turn right in fron of me.
My personal opion is that America on the whole is really lacking in intelligence (and getting dumber every day) and it is being reflected in the driving skills of those around us.
All I can say is that it is EVERYONES responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and do what they can to increase their visabilty.
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Posted 1/8/13
Talking of hand signals, in my area, it seems like every driver has no fucking clue what what they mean.
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Posted 1/8/13
Cycling is more dangerous, since there aren't any 'crumple zones' other than your flesh and bones.

Though in my case it would be walking. Never got into a car accident. Never got injured on a bicycle. But, TWICE I've been hit by cars WHILE IN THE CROSSWALK IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!
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Posted 1/8/13
I ran into a parked car on my bike not once but 3 times or so, ah my neck "Wait what kid you ran into me" lol joking I had friends who did the same.
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Posted 1/8/13
Driving is more dangerous to me, since with a vehicle, truck, bus etc. they tend to bring more damage to yourself or others if you're involved in a massive car pileup. They can also explode when the gas tank is hit and can possibly kill you instantly if you're hit by one.
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Posted 1/8/13
I would be apt to say both. Cyclists for being stupid cutting lanes and drivers for being stupid and hitting cyclists while attempting to "teach them a lesson".

As was stated, stupidity is equal opportunity and in America.... stupidity is king.
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Posted 1/10/13 , edited 1/10/13
Driving is only dangerous if you are not cautious. Even if another driver makes a mistake, if you are a good driver you know how to avoid them.

For example, when at a traffic stop, I always wait 2 seconds after the light turns green to start going forward, I make sure the cars stop completely before moving. At a roundabout, I look at both direction, not just the right side.

There are so many times when a bad driver could have crashed into me at a roundabout, but I go slowly, so accidents will never occur to me.

I pride myself as being a good/cautious and talented driver.

So my opinion is... cycling is more dangerous, because there is no way you can avoid accidents from a bad car driver.
Posted 1/10/13
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Posted 1/10/13
Cycling is definitely more dangerous if you're sharing the road with other vehicles. You're completely exposed to your surroundings.
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Posted 1/10/13

FlyinDumpling 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.


Yes, the only danger to cyclists is actually using the road. Most drivers are pretty unsettled by cyclists in the road, because they are difficult to see. You should always wear some kind of reflective jacket if you're going to be cycling in the road. To be honest, it's too dangerous to be cycling on most roads.

The safest thing is to drive a high-end sports car. If someone fails to yield, or doesn't check their blind spot, you can brake sharply or zip out of the way. Just don't make use of the sports car to drive like a nut yourself.
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Posted 1/10/13
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