this post was written by Clyde Sexton Jr. 6 June, 2007 

2.7 cyclists out of 1 million in the United States were killed between 1996 and 2005.
 This unfortunately is pretty much the average in each major city.  Though at first glance these numbers may appear small and somewhat insignificant, but to those of us who enjoy traveling under our own power on two wheels, the number represents a face, with many other faces attached.

Many forward thinking cities have included bike lanes along major throughways and have helped cyclists to better navigate safely along with other wheeled vehicles, whatever their destinations.  I know that most of the newer ones in Tampa, Florida have space enough for a certain degree of safety.  As long as the cyclist obeys the same laws and rights of the roadway, one should be able to assume completing their ride in one piece.
Think again!  Many drivers mistaken the lanes parking access, or extra room whenever making a turn or going too fast around a curve.  Others think that once the bike lane ends, as in across an intersection, thus ends realm of cyclists.

Here in Tampa, I’ve had more than my share of drivers taking over just about the whole lane while trying to avoid obstacles which appear suddenly in the roadway.  Others will take a turn too fast, as I’m turning (of course with proper hand signal!) in the same direction.  This allows me to actually test how fast I can peddle and judge at what speed I may safely bail at!

As we all share the road, whether for work or pleasure, or even just doing it for our own little piece of helping the environment, let’s stay more alert to all others.  Give them the dame respect that you would give a family member sharing the roads.

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