Biking through city traffic safely

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  • #1417864

    slominer
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    Is it safe to bike through city traffic?

    Either for adults or for kids going to school.

    #1417984

    DovidBT
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    Just behave as if you’re invisible to most of the other traffic.

    #1418036

    akuperma
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    if the “other traffic” are solely bikes and people on foot, it can be done. If you share the road with automobiles, buses, etc., well – it is possible to survive (if you are a married male, perhaps you can arrange for a “get al tanai” in case you end up in a coma).

    #1418117

    iacisrmma
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    Follow the safety rules for cyclists. If there is a bike lane, use it. Wear a helmet and ride with traffic not against it. The nyc. gov website does have a pdf from the DOT listing the rules for bicyclists.

    #1418422

    Lightbrite
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    WEAR a HELMET

    #1418500

    slominer
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    akuperma sounds like he doesn’t think city biking is safe. Yet so many young yeshiva bochorim in mesivta bike to Yeshiva through city traffic.

    #1418601

    iacisrmma
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    Bochurim from my neighborhood (Flatbush) walk, bike, roller blade, skateboard to yeshiva without incident.

    #1418613

    akuperma
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    Biking on an urban street, even with a helmet, is extremely dangerous. WHAT IS A “fender bender” if you in a car, is probably hospitalization (or worse) if you are on a bicycle. If a city has true dedicated bike lanes (meaning bikes only, with a barrier between bikes and cars) it would be fine – but those typically are “bike trails”.

    #1419815

    yitzyk
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    It depends which City. I biked to school and work for 30 years in Brooklyn (mostly just Boro Park and Flatbush), but now I work in Manhattan. Every day I cringe at how dangerous the bike traffic seems to be, both to the riders and pedestrians. There seems to be no safe path that they can ride on, having to weave around taxis, trucks, and stopped cars all over. I take the subway.

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