[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - bike safety

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sat Oct 1 23:18:01 BST 2011


On Wed, 2011-09-28 at 11:22 -0500, John F. Eldredge wrote:
> Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > On 9/28/2011 12:08 PM, Josh Doe wrote:
> > > Width of outside lane (no tags for this AFAIK)
> > > Shoulder details (width, surface:
> > http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Shoulder)
> > 
> > This only applies if you ride as far right as possible. It's safer to 
> > ride in the middle of the right lane, and causes little inconvenience
> > if 
> > there's low traffic or more than one lane in each direction.
> > 
> 
> Riding a bicycle in the middle of the outside lane will cause little inconvenience to motorized traffic if there are multiple lanes each way AND traffic is light.  If you try this at rush hour, I guarantee you will tick off a lot of motorists, and possibly even receive a ticket from the police for impeding traffic, depending upon the local traffic laws.

Show me a state that expects bicyclists to ride so far to the right that
they endanger themselves, and I'll show you a state that shouldn't have
roads to start with...





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