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reply to post by Cabin
The modern roads were primarily designed with cars in mind. There has been some retro fitting to add bike lanes. This is the basic facts. Therefore if your a cyclist recognise there is greater risk for injury even death being on the roads
Motorists are the johnny-come-latelies of highway history. The coming of the railways in the 1830s killed off the stage-coach trade; almost all rural roads reverted to low-level local use. Cyclists were the first group in a generation to use roads and were the first to push for high-quality sealed surfaces and were the first to lobby for national funding and leadership for roads. Without cyclists, motorists wouldn't have hit the ground running when it came to places to drive this new form of transport. 'Roads Were Not Built for Cars' is a history book, focussing on a time when cyclists had political clout, in Britain and especially in America. The book researches the Road Improvements Association - a lobbying group created by the Cyclists' Touring Club in 1885 - and the Good Roads movement organised by the League of American Wheelmen in the same period.
Cabin, from the responses in this thread I would have to say yes, Americans do think it's OK to kill cyclists.
reply to post by luciddream
The largest problem we have with the kids in the colleges on their bicycles is the apparent belief that traffic laws are only there for cars. Things like stop signs, turn laws and ..even RED lights..are just suggestions and ideas they 'may' consider following. Surely not something to be taken as seriously as they demand others observe them.
Some days I've really wished I went a different path to the traffic division of my local Police Department. I'd balance the whole city budget inside a year by my ticket book alone.