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    That was tough to read. Huge respect for anyone who gets on their bike and goes back out after being hit by a car. The mental hurdle is pretty incredible.

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    Yes.

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    What's interesting about this story is that the writer wasn't even doing what most of us consider to be "road riding." He was in a wide shoulder or bike lane, seemingly on a road with a relatively low speed limit, and on it for only a half mile between stretches of dirt. On the rare occasions that I head out in the countryside on my bike in the U.S., it's on roads with limits of 55+ and narrow or no shoulder. I've pretty much decided to avoid that style of riding. The countryside is beautiful but I just can't relax enough to enjoy those rides. Ironically the road riding was substantially better in India, where there are country roads where traffic goes slow. Almost everything in the U.S. is fast, fast, fast.

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    Seems as if were unsafe anywhere. Just read an article about the potential danger on riding trails with people stringing a line or barbed wire across the trail to harm unsuspecting riders.

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    Articles like this create this awful dilemma in my mind. If everyone chose to avoid riding on roads, then we can be absolutely certain that nothing will ever change. But OTOH, it's senseless to suggest to anyone that they should put themselves at risk. I don't know the answer.

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    My opinion is that the article highlights why the fixation with building bicycle-specific physical infrastructure is so misplaced. The focus needs to be changing the institutional infrastructure, like police who fail to enforce the law against drivers and assume the cyclist is almost always at fault. That is a lot harder to do than coming up with elaborate plans and lobbying for money to pay for them, but IMHO will have the greatest benefit in the long run. Instead of only making roads with PBLs safe for everyone, let's make all roads safe for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjclaeys View Post
    My opinion is that the article highlights why the fixation with building bicycle-specific physical infrastructure is so misplaced. The focus needs to be changing the institutional infrastructure, like police who fail to enforce the law against drivers and assume the cyclist is almost always at fault. That is a lot harder to do than coming up with elaborate plans and lobbying for money to pay for them, but IMHO will have the greatest benefit in the long run. Instead of only making roads with PBLs safe for everyone, let's make all roads safe for everyone.
    none of the bike advocacy orgs in the region that I know of is focusing only on PBLs and ignoring the range of enforcement, legal, and other policy issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    none of the bike advocacy orgs in the region that I know of is focusing only on PBLs and ignoring the range of enforcement, legal, and other policy issues.
    WABA has made a deliberate decision to not focus on enforcement versus advocating for infrastructure changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    WABA has made a deliberate decision to not focus on enforcement versus advocating for infrastructure changes.

    I was thinking of DC BAC, Alex BPAC, etc. It is my understanding that WABA supports local VZ plans that include enforcement and many other policy changes. There are of course lots of policy and legal questions aside from just lobbying about the police.

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