I first saw this reported from the wisconsin bike federation
Bicyclist Riding on the highway in the lane of travel according to the WBF.
Here is a comment from the WBF blog post that I have to call them out on:
It is prudent and safer to drive ten miles per hours below the speed limit when your visibility is reduced, particularly on narrow rural roads without shoulders where you might encounter someone walking, bicycling or a farmer
Sure I agree about driving slower when visibility is reduced.
Wouldn’t it be prudent & safer not to roll the dice & risk your life riding a bicycle on a narrow rural road without much of, or any shoulder? The WBF should be looking at it that way if they are really trying to keep bicyclists safe.
The Share & Be Aware Program directed by the Wisconsin DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety encourages drivers to slow down and be prepared to encounter people walking and on bikes at any time in their travels.
Shouldn’t pedestrians & bicyclists also be prepared to encounter motor vehicles at any time in their travels? Motorists aren’t psychic, nor can they save you from yourself if you are recklessly endangering yourself negligently.
The Wisconsin Bike Fed continues to advocate for safer roads and a more cautious approach while biking, driving and walking.
Complete streets won’t touch rural roads. So the best bet is to not ride your bicycle on them in the lane of travel. Ask for a ride next time, instead of rolling the dice with your life.
Really, a more cautious approach…no really!? I have been preaching for bicyclists & pedestrians, or any other non-drivers to be cautious to no avail. Putting all the burden & responsibility on to the driver is how these kind of deaths happen, you can’t just only educate the damn motor vehicle drivers!
While we should do everything we can to reduce the chances of fatal crashes like this happening, it is important to remember that riding a bicycle remains an incredibly safe and healthy thing to do. If you factor in the health benefits of cycling, riding a bicycle is more likely to help you live longer than result in a fatal crash:
Sure bicycling can be healthy, until you decide to not use commonsense, logic, and caution.
So while we all keep the family and friends of this man killed near Algoma in your thoughts and prayers, let us all pledge to reduce our speed when conditions warrant greater caution when we are behind the wheel. Let us also feel good about ourselves when riding bicycles, as bicycling not only remains a safe, fun, healthy way for us to get exercise and get around, our society and communities benefit every time someone rides a bike.
“Facepalm” Ok motorists, you can go up to 5mph, maybe we should only make it 1mph, since bicyclists are blameless & cannot be held for their negligent actions while riding their bicycles. Bicycling is as healthy as you make it, as long as you are cautious & use commonsense.
It really is too bad none of their members really calls out the WBF on this one-sided partisan crap. It really does say bicyclists are privileged, special, and blameless for their own actions.