« on: May 04, 2008, 12:34:52 pm »
As Michael Deme foretold in this month's Adventure Cyclist magazine, John Schubert's column is likely to generate debate.
I agree with Paul Adkins that Portland is a shining, though of course not perfect, example of successfully expanding options for traveling around the city. I started a tour in Portland last summer, and was really impressed with unboxing my bike at Union Station, safely riding to my downtown hotel, and actually having the concierge, without smirking or raising an eyebrow, store my bike for me while I endured three days of a conference prior to starting my cross-country ride. From my first impressions, people act as if bikes belong in Portland.
I have been riding for over 40 years, so far without any accidents (involving cars). I have a very simple set of safe-cycling rules that have served me well:
#1. Ride as if no driver of a car sees you. Ever.
#2. Your personal safety is your personal responsibility. If that involves riding outside of the lines (literally and figuratively), then by all means ride outside of the lines.
Simple rules, I know, but sometimes common sense is simple.