Should I be worried about being hit by a car while riding my bike?
I just bought an ebike but I'm worried I'll get struck by a car. Is this a real possibility??
- D50Lv 61 month ago
You're most likely to get hit when you appear too suddenly for a driver to react; e.g. running a red light, popping out of a driveway or crosswalk, etc. If you're going along predictably with traffic, the chance of being hit is small. Beware of being hidden by large vehicles or obscured by the sun behind you.
- liberalLv 61 month ago
There's always a risk. Wear a helmet, visible / reflective clothing, have quality lights
on the front and back. Imagine you're driving a car, because even if not going as fast
as one, I'd imagine an ebike goes faster than a regular bicycle. Have fun and be safe.
- Anonymous1 month ago
All cyclists are a menace to other road users and pedestrians. Don't ride on the pavement, don't jump red lights, don't ride in the middle of the road, don't stop cars from passing you you, don't ride two abreast, and you will be safer. But, you are a cyclist, and an @rsehole, so you will.
- Land Rider JerryLv 61 month ago
Get helmet mirrors, obey all traffic laws, use hand signals be seen and be predictable. Additionally use a duel volume horn system. The low volume one is for alerting pedestrians and other cyclist. The loud volume horn is for alerting closed compartment vehicles.Source(s): Motorized Bicycle Owner and Builder.
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- OldHippieLv 71 month ago
IF (big IF) you follow the rules of the road and IF you know "vehicular cycling" - the chances of going down in a plane crash are greater than being in a wreck on a bike. TWELVE years no I've been living on 2 wheels without a car. I've had one minor incident. I wouldn't even call it a wreck. I was in (of all places) a BIKE LANE when the right side mirror of a small school bus lightly clipped my helmet! I couldn't move any more to the right because of parked cars. And this is why I HATE BIKE LANES.
Start by reading Bicycling Street Smarts on this link. http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/ Read ALL of it. There's also other versions, for example - the U.K. http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/index.htm
If in the USA, you can take classes either online or in person from Cycling Savvy - https://cyclingsavvy.org/
Get yourself some type or rear view mirror. This is what I use. https://www.efficientvelo.com/safe-zone-helmet-mir...
Last, there's a 3 part YouTube video series called Cyclist Eye View. I'll supply part 1. Parts 2 & 3 an easily be found. Please note how the cyclists NEVER hug the curb. Note how in a narrow lane situation the cyclists rides down the MIDDLE of the lane. https://youtu.be/ZFjCza5e1kw
- DavidLv 61 month ago
Whenever you’re in traffic, being struck by another vehicle is ALWAYS a possibility.
Is it worth worrying over?
No, not if you ride sensibly, according to the rules, and properly equipped. Hi-Vis clothing, lights, reflectors etc
- JohnLv 71 month ago
I used to commute by bicycle years ago, I would break countless laws to prevent from getting hit by cars.