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Subject: Re: Biking safety Date: 11/3/2013 7:56 PM
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Yes, but a bike isn't a car. It travels more slowly, it weighs a ton (or more) less, and the mechanics of acceleration and deceleration are totally different.

There are some cities (and states?) where these differences are acknowledged in new ordinances and laws. Such laws do not require foot-down full stops for bikes at stop signs (where a slowly moving bike is more like a pedestrian than it is like a car), and even permit riding the "wrong way" on (some) one way streets (where, again, a bike's width is closer to that of a pedestrian than it is to that of a car).

This does not mean that it is fine to blow through red lights or ride wildly against traffic. It means that laws that are a bit more bike friendly can make riding a more attractive alternative without materially affecting safety.
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