Background Information for the Media
Issues relating to bicycle safety & operation
by Fred Oswald, PE, LCI #947
We are dismayed to frequently see stories in the media with serious factual
errors that propagate popular misconceptions. This article is intended to
help reporters understand the issues so they avoid mistakes and so they can help
improve public knowledge.
Almost everyone has misconceptions on bicycle safety issues
Driving Seminar. This program shows why the best way to operate a
bicycle is to drive it as the vehicle that it is.
Thoughts — Bikes and Cars Sharing the Road. Illustrated article gives
tips for motorists to pass bikes safely, tells cyclists where to ride and
explains the issue of delay (both perception and reality).
Illustrated article that discusses common blunders and how to avoid them — in
bicycle use, education, advocacy, engineering, and traffic law. The
blunders make cycling more difficult and dangerous and threaten our right to
the roads. http://www.labreform.org/blunders/
Guidelines for a ‘Cyclist Friendly City’. Here is what a community
should do to encourage cycling and improve safety: teaching citizens
the best practices, improving laws, training police, fixing hazards and
really welcoming cyclists as fully equal users of the roads.