Road Rage

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Road Rage

Can cyclists the obstacles of pedaling to work?

rage can strike anywhere—even Oregon, continuously rated the bike-friendly city in America. summer, Portland bicycle Jason Rehnberg chided a driver passing him. he found himself splayed the hood of a moving Ford holding on for dear life.

yelled at driver James for going too fast on a residential but the cyclist’s shout for safety turned dangerous. Millican his breaks, and after a little of cat and mouse, he floored it toward who ended up on the hood of the car, the rim below the windshield for three A witness filmed video of the which received national

Millican was recently sentenced to 45 in …. Rehnberg was uninjured, and his brush with serious he feels he did the right thing Millican in the name of cycling

“This guy was going way, way too fast, and I’m not going to back from that,” he said the incident in The Oregonian.

It’s like this that be keeping people in their Bike commuting is a simple, way for people to reduce their footprint and save money in the of volatile fuel costs. to the EPA, the transportation sector is the largest source of carbon in the U.S. and two thirds of those come from automobiles and trucks.

Even though eco-awareness is growing, the growth of commuting remains relatively About 650,000 (0.48 American workers get to the office by and that percentage has barely in the past 20 years, according to the Census Bureau.

According to the advocacy group Belong, a slight increase in number could make a big for the environment. If the country’s total of bike trips increased to 1.5 percent, the United States save 462 million gallons of every year. Also, a bike commute eliminates 10 of carbon emissions, while the burns 360 calories—helping to combat the obesity epidemic and our oil addiction at the time.

But it can be unnerving to pedal to in the Southeast, which lacks the infrastructure and popular support. to the latest annual bike rankings by the League of American states in the Southeast rank at the West Virginia was rated last on the list, just Georgia and Alabama.

Cyclist fatalities are about two of total traffic-related deaths in the In 2006, there were 773 …, another statistic has been relatively consistent the past decade.

Despite all of the hazards that have bike commute growth, have been recent at the local and national level to pedaling easier. Congressman Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has been the community’s biggest advocate in since he entered the halls in He’s a big part of the reason his of Portland has become a model for infrastructure. Last March, introduced the National Bike which aims to create a network of interconnected urban and bikeways “providing valuable benefits, including low- or recreation and alternative transportation for people of all ages and abilities.”

And last May, the first bike share program in the was launched in Washington, D.C. D.C. offers 100 share-use at 10 locations throughout city’s district for an annual fee of $39. The started jointly by Clear Outdoor and the District Department of was modeled after successful in Europe where bike has a much safer record.

The also offers a map with bike routes and paths.

In Va. a similar program was launched by James Rosar. Sharebike cheap rental bikes out of a downtown location and lets be returned at kiosks located town. Rosar is also an with the League of American so he helps riders find the routes and offers tips on cycling.

“There’s a feedback that happens between a and a driver,” he says. “The riders tend to cower in and encourage drivers to come them, the more the rider out of room. The more a cyclist as a vehicle, the more they’re to get the respect of a driver. Sometimes you to take the lane.”

Rosar previously worked as a messenger in New York City, so had some of the best experience in dealing with vehicle He tells bikers to worry about the traffic behind and worry more about own actions as an equal vehicle. The Area Bicycle Association this advice, noting bikers fare best they act like vehicles.

It is important to know and follow the of the road—ride on the right with the of traffic—and obey all traffic Also make sure to and clearly signal when you to turn or change lanes.

“The best thing I was to be predictable and work within the of the road,” Rodar says. “If following the rules, it’s less likely that you are to have trouble.” •


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