Comments on: Join Us and Bike to Work http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/join-us-and-bike-to-work/ The EPA Blog Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:22:16 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Scott http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/join-us-and-bike-to-work/#comment-24785 Thu, 23 May 2013 16:26:04 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19598#comment-24785 Biking to work is an amazing way to get your day started and blow off steam on your way home. I’m glad DC is taking steps to be more bike friendly by addding bike lanes and bike sharing locations. One thing we have a lot of in this city are tourists… and they like to look at the monuments while driving, which can distract their attention from cyclists. I encountered such a driver pulling an illegal u-turn through the bike lane. He never saw me even though I had on an orange reflector vest. I bounced off his SUV but was OK. That’s just one example of how drivers need to be more cautious now that commuting by bike is more prevelant.

Joe, what is your take on the increase of Capital Bike Share riders who typically don’t wear a helmet? Should they be on the street or the sidewalk? Most of the sidewalks in central DC by the Mall are actually closed to bike traffic.

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By: Joe http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/join-us-and-bike-to-work/#comment-24784 Wed, 22 May 2013 15:08:12 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19598#comment-24784 Some of the statistics about relative safety of riding could be because of the low numbers of people currently commuting by bike. If the millions of folks driving got on their bikes, there might be more injuries involved thanks to congestion and such (but perhaps not more deaths, as bike-on-bike accidents wouldn’t usually be that intense).

All that said, I am championing these statistics to my community. Get out there and pedal!

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