Kudos to the Sparks Tribune for this article, Sharing means safety for drivers, cyclists. The headline does underscore the advantage of building infrastructure that helps all users of the urban space stay safe. If only we could get that small group of angry motorists to understand that "complete streets" really are safer and better for everybody's safety and quality of life.
The Nevada Highway Patrol saw more than 200 violations regarding motorists and bicycles on the roadways during a recent enforcement initiative, which has prompted an awareness effort to help both sides understand the responsibilities and laws.
Safety officials and bicycle advocates said Friday that motorists and bicyclists must work together to remain safe on local roadways, not only by knowing the laws when it comes to sharing the road but also by accepting one another as a viable option for transportation. Julie Hunter, chairperson of the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance (TMBA), said the key to safer roads for both parties means getting more bikes on the roads rather than restricting them.
"The more people we have riding bikes on the road, the more people will be aware of their presence and become comfortable driving around them," Hunter said. "Some bicyclists are afraid to ride on the road because they don't want to get hit, and some drivers are afraid to drive next to riders because they are afraid they won't obey the traffic laws. We need to help reduce those feelings and the only way to do it is by educating the biking community and motorists on their responsibilities."
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