How not to get hit by cars

I ride my bike every day, and I don’t want me or my bike to get smashed by a car or truck driver.

Bike accident

I’ve had many close calls, like any of us who cycle the streets regularly. I’ve had my bike smashed up once; luckily I only got a few scrapes and bruises. And even if we haven’t personally lost anyone, we all know about the tragic accidents that have happened this year.

For a couple of months, I’ve been too scared and angry to write anything about the topic. The fear and anger get reinforced on a regular basis, every time a driver gets way too close. But it so happens that I haven’t had any close calls in a couple of weeks, so I’m calmer than usual.

Following the laws isn’t enough to keep you safe. Big swiftly moving hunks of metal are never going to be safe. But there are things you can do to stay safer.

This is the best article on avoiding car-bike collisions I’ve seen. Go read it. Please. Whether you’re a cyclist or a driver or both.

And if you have any smart advice about Santa Cruz routes and/or trouble spots, please share by commenting below.

Love you all, fellow cyclists – have fun and keep safe!

P.S. If you cycle without a helmet, please get one and wear it regularly. I know someone who is alive today because she had one on when a drunk driver ran a red light and hit her. In broad daylight.

2 Responses to “How not to get hit by cars”

  1. Jessi

    Good advice, though after midnight, I’ve enjoyed going right down the middle of a car lane, no cars in sight. Haven’t been out that late on Mission in years though, so I don’t know if the traffic still disappears.