Serious about Safety

Every bike commuter knows is that safety is a complicated issue. They face it every day. However, some safety campaigns focus entirely on helmets. But that means there’s been a crash. What if it could have been prevented? Wouldn’t that be safer?


There’s many points along the way where an individual, a community, and a city, can prevent more tragedies from happening. Helmet or not, when you put a car against a vulnerable road user, you know who the victim will be. Cities need to get real about safety. No excuses.

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The grumbly bit, about the non-law safety rules, and the infrastructure, is that they are picky. It was very very disheartening when talking to a bunch of boy scouts about safety, to realize all the extra rules that I’ve accumulated. They’re much more detailed and complex than “the law”. There’s a whole category of “slippery stuff”, many of it tied to minor slides and scrapes. So, wet metal — manhole covers, and especially bridge grates. Wet (rain) paint. Soap accumulation near car washes (yes, my very first non-crash power slide ever was on car-wash soap). Dry sand, small pebbles. After… Read more »
Megan Ramey

Great post and thanks for suggesting the City’s responsibility for providing safe infrastructure! Cycle-tracks, cycle-tracks!

Bob Kastigar

The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.


“Ian Brett Cooper” and “dr2chase” should have their own blogs.

Ian Brett Cooper

I do.

Richard Masoner

Regarding education, I think on the road is as important (more important?) than reading. Look for bike safety education classes at your local bike club or advocacy group, or refer to this list:

+1, “Like”, etc on Ian Cooper’s comments.