As forms of transportation, bicycles and cars are expected to obey the same rules of the road. The fact is, however, that cyclists and drivers often seem to have an antagonistic relationship. Drivers want bicycles out of the way, and cyclists want cars to give them more room. Riders of bicycles need to be especially aware of the differences between cars and bikes, and exercise specific safety precautions when sharing a street with larger vehicles.
Most motorists are unfamiliar and inexperienced when it comes to interacting with bikes on the road. Bicycles are slower and don’t maneuver like cars, so drivers cannot treat a bike like another car on the road. Some roads have bike lanes specifically outlined, but many do not. For this reason, it is very important for a bicycle to stay as far out of the way on the right hand side of the road as possible.
51,000 cyclists were injured in accidents with motor vehicles in this nation in 2009. When a person considers this number in conjunction with the fact that a helmet is the most effective way to prevent head or brain injuries in a cycling accident, it emphasizes the importance of wearing bicycle safety gear, such as:
Because of the physics of a car colliding with a bicycle, unfortunately, safety gear is not always enough. Even the safest cyclist can be injured by a reckless driver.