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How to prevent car versus bicycle crashes that kill and maim?

By dcuff
Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 12:11 pm in Bicycling, driving, Safety.

As we in the Bay struggle with conflicts between cars and bicyclists sharing the same road, so does the public in Los Angeles County. Check out this story about a doctor on trial for four felony accounts related to a collision with some bicyclists who allege the physician tried to harm them.

“Though data suggest that cycling fatalities have actually fallen nationwide,” reads the LA Times story, “one new study suggests that the injuries cyclists suffer in traffic accidents are becoming more severe.”

In a related stories, advice is given about what motorists can do to minimize the risk of hitting bicyclists, and what bicyclists can do to protecting themselves from being struck.

Here’s one tip for drivers,  “Give them (bicyclists) space: Recognize that bicycles have a right to the road and may legally take the full lane. Allow at least 3 feet of space while passing.”

Here’s a highlight for cyclists,” Situation: A motorist traveling in the opposite direction turns left directly into your path.

Strategy: Slow down as you approach an intersection, and try to make eye contact with drivers who might turn into your path. Try to anticipate their actions and be ready to take evasive maneuvers. If the car turns into your path, turn with them, in the same direction.”

For any interested cyclists, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition lists classes on bicycle safety , including ones in Fremont Nov. 10 and Berkeley Nov. 14 and 15.

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