Hey Barbara 2:
“Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane…. Drivers wishing to pass a bicyclist may do so only when there is abundant clearance and no oncoming traffic is in the opposing lane. When passing a bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to use of the full lane.” – North Carolina Driver’s Handbook, p.95.
Please be safe out there...
#1 - stay out of the middle of the road with oncoming cars. If you want us to "share the road", perhaps cyclists should get licenses like auto drivers have to. Let them pay their "fair share".
Umstead all the way, bud! 👨🏿
"Helmet usage should not be elevated among implementation of infrastructural efforts to improve bicycling safety." Pretty sure I was doing the exact opposite.
In any event, I hope your tin-foil hats work well to prevent brain injuries, fellas. Glad to know our GoTriangle employees are so on top of it...
Please see http://www.cycle-helmets.com/Elvik2011_helmet_reanalysis.pdf
Key conclusion: "When the analysis is updated by adding four new studies, the protective effects attributed to bicycle helmets are further reduced. According to the new studies, no overall effect of bicy- cle helmets could be found when injuries to head, face or neck are considered as a whole."
Also: "The findings of this study are inconsistent with other meta- analyses, in particular a Cochrane review published in 2009. However, the study inclusion criteria applied in the Cochrane review are debatable."
A final note from the article: "On balance, the evidence suggests that: (1) soft shell helmets offer less protec- tion than hard shell helmets, and (2) soft shell helmets appear to have become more common over time." From my unscientific observations, most bicyclists wearing helmets wear soft-shell helmets.
Aa 2000 meta-analysis that has been seriously questioned in the intervening 16 years is not "an excellent article on the issue." More importantly, helmet usage should not be elevated among implementation of infrastructural efforts to improve bicycling safety.
(Full disclosure: I work with Erik but not for him.)
The degree to which helmets provide protection is indeed a point of debate, Erik. And there is consensus that helmets do create some safety problems for cyclists and, of course, that helmets are not a panacea for bike safety issues. (No one has really ever argued they are.) We need a better bike infrastructure, and we need better education among both cyclists and drivers to make the roads safer for everyone.
In the meantime, helmets do provide a necessary and helpful barrier between your skull and the street. And here's "an excellent article on the issue": http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…, which concludes: "This review included five well conducted case‐control studies and found that helmets provide a 63–88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists. Helmets were found to provide equal levels of protection for crashes involving motor vehicles (69%) and crashes from all other causes (68%). Furthermore, injuries to the upper and mid facial areas were found to be reduced by 65%, although helmets did not prevent lower facial injuries. The review authors concluded that bicycle helmets are an effective means of preventing head injury."
Suggesting that "provide virtually no actual safety benefits for cyclists" is completely irresponsible.
Signed, someone who has banged his head more than once while cycling, thankfully while wearing a helmet.
How so? There is no consensus in the scientific community about the safety benefits of wearing a helmet while cycling. I understand that runs counter to what you've been told your whole life, but it's true.
Here's an excellent article on the issue: http://www.cnet.com/news/brain-surgeon-the…
Better yet is the video embedded in that article - start around 4:00 mark for the parts about how safe bike helmets really are: https://youtu.be/07o-TASvIxY
Wow, that's some real C-grade sophistry from a transportation official, Erik.
Helmets provide the illusion of safety, but provide virtually no actual safety benefits for cyclists. In fact, safety outcomes would improve more for pedestrians and motorists if they wore helmets than cyclists. So if you think cyclists should wear helmets, do you also think motorists and pedestrians should too?
For an article that talks about how to bicycle safely in the city, it is incongruous that the biker is not wearing a helmet!
Thanks for mentioning the Carolina Kayak Club. We do have beginning, intermediate, and advanced trips all the time, and instructional classes, too. But we're geared for flatwater rivers, lakes, and tidal estuaries. Whitewater kayakers around the Triangle join the Carolina Canoe Club. Despite their name, they love kayaking down rivers with lots of whitewater. And it's all good!
Thanks, Paul! Our apologies. This link has been fixed.
The link to the whitewater kayak article takes you to the waterfall article.
Map was screwy, should be fixed now. Our apologies, and thanks for pointing this out!
Help save the forested lands near Old Reedy Creek within RDU's project area. Please read and sign the petition here:
Here's a two-year-old blog post by a friend of mine about his completion of the Leadville Trail 100. It's a nice companion piece to this great article.
I came here to say the same thing... #1 is waaaaaay off.
Good idea, Indy.
Does no one use a proof-reader anymore?
The Lake Trail at Lake Crabtree is one of my favorites - a nice stretch where you usually won't see more than a couple of people. You will have to use some of the mountain bike trails if you want to complete the whole loop, but just keep your eyes peeled - you can see the bikes coming in advance. If it has rained in the last couple of days you should call the park to confirm if the trail is open, as the trail is low-lying and they close it if it gets too muddy. It was much wilder prior to MetLife moving in nearby, and there have been calls to pave it, but for now it's a gem.
Also be aware that there is probably a day use fee for trails at Jordan Lake.
That #1 on the map in Chapel Hill is definitely *not* where Umstead State Park is located in Raleigh, near Cary...! Completely wrong location.
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