Ed note: I’d conceived of a series sometime last year (or was it the year before) where I’d use this blog to elaborate on things I mentioned on Twitter. To keep it thematic and differentiate it from a typical article, I’ll aim to keep the final copy under 140 words (not counting this part). Hope you enjoy the quick read.
High-five Portland; zero cyclist fatalities. http://t.co/K6kFiqzFBg I feel like I'm in dange at least twice a week bike commuting in CenPho
— Ryan Glass (@RyanGPhx) January 6, 2014
High-five drivers for managing not to murder anyone? Seems a bit “millennial” for me to congratulate folks on what they are supposed to be doing anyways, no? Thing is, given the number of times I have to swerve to avoid negligent or distracted drivers during my short bike commute in Phoenix, I can only imagine what it would be like if we had the critical mass of cyclists that Portland does.
Q: What’s the biggest danger?
A: Right-hand turns
I get it, we all tend to be in a hurry, and that brake pedal is located in a really inconvenient place. So sometimes, rolling out halfway around the corner before you stop and look at on-coming traffic is just a thing that happens. Especially when intersections are designed to be time for texting.
It’s rough for a motorist these days.
- Washington, D.C., turns to Twitter to enforce its bike lanes (myparkingsign.com)