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.

  1. Almost everyone has misconceptions on bicycle safety issues
  2. Bicycle is a vehicle / Cyclists are drivers
  3. Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles (Vehicular Cycling).
  4. Standard traffic laws create an orderly travel environment
  5. Separate bicycle facilities do not improve safety
  6. Education about best practices is greatest bike-safety need
  7. Cyclist Friendly Communities is award program to improve cycling conditions

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© Copyright 2005-2015 Fred Oswald.  Non Commercial distribution authorized.
The author is a “League Cycling Instructor”, a professional engineer in Ohio
and an all-season bicycle commuter, with over commute 200 trips and over 5000 miles per year.
Contact author at fredoswald_AT_yahoo_DOT_com.
Last Revised 10/30/15