Wednesday, 06 September, 2006

Bicycle commuting: lessons learned

Over the past two months of almost daily bicycle commuting I've made a few observations about the reactions of drivers to bicyclists, and also learned a few things to watch out for.  Fortunately, none of those lessons have involved me hitting the pavement.

We can complain all we want about drivers being clueless or even discourteous, but that's not going to change.  As much as I wish that drivers would pay closer attention and look out for bicycles, it just doesn't happen.  If you're on your bicycle sharing the road with cars, it's in your best interest to assume that the drivers don't see you, to always make eye contact before putting yourself in harm's way, and always leave yourself an out.