If you’re a bike rider, you’re all too familiar with the bikes vs. cars debate.
Who gets annoyed more often — the biker or the driver? Who breaks the law more often?
Do you know the laws regarding bicyclists and motor vehicles?
Are you so over hearing drivers say that bikers are the ones breaking the law?
Keep reading to learn the 5 things that drivers need to stop claiming about the bikes vs. cars debate.
Bikes vs. Cars
Have you seen the bikes vs. cars documentary?
While it advocates for bike-friendly cities, it also highlights the struggle between those in favor of bicycles over cars and drivers of automobiles.
One thing is for sure, though — cars vs. bikes is a debate that continues.
Let’s look at what drivers are saying about cyclists that they shouldn’t.
1. Roads Are for Cars
Roads have been around a lot longer than cars.
Roads carried walkers, horses, carts, wagons, buses, bikes, and cars.
Why are the roads of today catering to automobiles? It all started when people began moving out of cities and into the suburbs.
Moving cars safely, efficiently, and through intersections quickly is the top priority. Other modes of transportation are at a disadvantage and lose more and more space because of roads widening to fit more cars.
2. Cyclists Don’t Obey the Laws
If you’re trying to decide who’s more guilty when it comes to breaking the traffic laws, it would have to be pretty clear that drivers win.
While some cyclists roll through stop signs or run a red light, there are more statistics showing that drivers break the law much more often. Think about speeding alone!
3. Cyclists Want to Put an End to Driving
The bikes vs cars app was designed to show the CO2 emissions saved by riding a bike, but not all bikers want everyone to stop driving.
Cars are convenient and we’re so used to driving everywhere that we don’t think about the times we can walk or ride a bike to get from point A to point B — but we should.
4. There’s Not Enough Room for Bike Lanes
Bike lanes keep everyone safer.
Roads designed with a designated bike lane improve the speed of traffic because cars do not have to slow down behind a cyclist.
5. Drivers Are the Ones Paying for the Roads
Gas taxes do not cover the total costs for roads.
Roads end up being paid for with sales taxes, property taxes, and local taxes. So, even if you don’t drive a car, you are still paying for the roads.
What Is the Answer?
Now that you’ve learned some things about the bikes vs. cars debate, what can be done to improve the situation?
Are you afraid to ride a bike for fear of injury? Have you been injured?
Contact us for information on your rights to the road and help with a claim.