The GUARDIAN has posted numerous stories promoting bike safety and invariably the comments turn to “Bikes vs Cars.”
We don’t know any car drivers who want to hit bikers, but we sure see a lot of bikers who simply disregard their own safety. In nearly 50 years of working and living in Boise we have seen the car-bike issue evolve. Used to be coppers visiting schools telling kids how to stay alive.
Today, the typical biker is not a young kid going to school. Today’s bikers are 20-30 somethings using bikes for transportation and motorists never know where they are going to pop up. Everyone has stories of near misses with bikes jumping off sidewalks into intersections, going against traffic, and the real scary one–bikes at night without lights.
We have suggested some increased awareness through police contact. Rather than heavy handed ticket writing, we think coppers should make traffic stops with bikes, especially at night when those riders with dark clothing and no lights haunt the streets. Our idea is to acquire some cheap flashing red LED lights and just give them away to riders with the admonishment to get proper lights to ride at night and pass along the safety lights to another rider in need of some illumination.
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