Bicyclists going against traffic

As someone who rides a bicycle on a weekly basis, I think it’s wonderful that Memphis is finally becoming a more bicycle friendly city.
The new trails are great, and I hope to see bike lanes on city streets soon. But I don’t think we in Memphis know enough about bike safety. I’m talking about adults here.
Case in point: When about to make a right-hand turn this morning, I encountered a bicyclist going the wrong way against traffic.
This occurred at a corner where a wall blocked visibility. Luckily, the bicyclist turned the corner seconds before I did, and I was driving slowly enough to avoid a collision. The bicyclist was not even wearing a helmet, but I doubt a helmet would have given much protection had a head-on collision occurred.
I Googled for bicycle safety rules this morning and came across a website with some great safety tips. Check out bicyclesafe.com for tips on “How to Not Get Hit by Cars.”

Comments

  1. bchristian says:

    The great BikeSnobNYC calls this horrendous act "salmoning," as in swimming upstream. But truly bike education is needed on both sides of the bike lanes. Our best hope is for the educated riders to be out there setting good examples!

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