Bike Culture Archive Toronto & Beyond 2003-2012.
Photography by Martin Reis and Hamish Wilson.
Looks like good advice in the article.The cyclist in the photo is setting himself up for a collision by doing that. Ouch.
"Never share a lane with a truck."This is a good rule, but the corallary for truck drivers should be "Never share a lane with a bicycle."
"never start from a stop beside a truck, as bikes tend to wobble at low speeds and can easily fall under. Let the truck go first."Unless the truck is turning right, in which case, ride like hell or pull yourself and your bike well onto the sidewalk.Also, don't assume that just because a truck rolls up alongside on your left that the driver will actually remember you are there when the light changes.
Maybe we need handouts. I'm walking up Spadina the other day and there's a car with its right-turn signal on at a side street waiting for pedestrians to clear to make his turn. A female cyclists comes up alongside the car (which had been stopped and signalled for enough time to obviously notice), passes at speed on the inside by squeezing in the tiny space between the car and the curb all the while ringing her bell and looking quite irritated like how dare the car turn right? I wanted to have a conversation with her because I'm sure she had no idea that one of these times someone is likely not to see her come up along there, but kinda awkward to do when you're walking on the sidewalk and a bike is zooming by.
Well intentioned. But the subtext reads: 'Bike, justdon't get in the way. Cars/trucks come first.'
I don't mind getting in their way, since they get in my way all the time too.I especially love taking the lane on Bloor. :-)Nobody seems to be handing me the street, so I'm taking it for myself whenever I need to.
I'm more with Tanya - stopping ain't such a bad idea sometimes. Thanks for the catalyzing...
I think Tanya's case the woman on the bike was violating trafic rule, at least here in US. She should have waited behind the car or have gone left side of the car to proseed. What do you think?
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