The Politics of Two Wheels

excerpted from The Bicycling Life (PDF)

This article shows how many people in our society believe a dangerous superstition about bicycle operation. People following the superstition ride bicycles in ways that put them at much greater risk (riding on the wrong side of the road, for example). The superstition dominates public policy relating to cycling, which increases risk for all. This article discusses the problems caused by misguided policy and what can be done to remedy them. A companion article, Bicycle Commuter’s Guide, tells how experienced cyclists follow the rules of the road via a principle called Vehicular Cycling, which is summarized as “Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as operators of vehicles.”

Read the whole article here (PDF).

Read more about safe commuting, Vehicular Cycling, and Effective Cycling.