Bicycle lanes are the rule rather than the exception on most California streets and roads. But does riding your bike in these lanes actually protect you from being hit by other traffic sharing the road with you?
Per People Power Movement, the answer is no based on the results of a recent study.
The study documented more than 18,500 “car-bike overtaking events” that occurred during a five-month period. Results revealed the following:
Unfortunately, painted bicycle lanes give both you, the cyclist, and motor vehicle drivers a false sense of security and safety. If anyone stops to think about it, no painted line will prevent a car or other vehicle from hitting you. In addition, painted lines offer no barrier to either a bike or a car weaving over it and winding up in the wrong lane at the wrong time.
For your own safety, always maintain exceptional vigilance whenever you ride your bicycle on a street or road, and always wear a helmet and protective clothing.
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