The League of American Bicyclists recently released a series of videos about bicycling, including everything from “HOW TO CHOOSE A BIKE” to “TRAFFIC LAWS”. The one that caught our eye, though, was “Riding on the Sidewalk”:
Riding on sidewalks is, as Commute By Bikes notes, a “hotly debated topic.”
Here’s the video from the League of American Bicyclists:
We asked the question of our readers:
How often do you ride on sidewalks? A) Never ever. B) Sometimes. C) A lot.
Here were their answers:
“Never ever.” – A.R.
“Rarely if ever.” – L.W.
“Never.” – R.P.
“Rarely and only if conditions are such that I have to.” – K.P.
“Unless there is a dedicated wide bike lane I will use the sidewalk. I know it’s wrong but I just don’t feel safe on the road.” – D.D.
“Only when safety concerns dictate it.” – C.N.
“Only if I have to and there no other safer alternative.” – C. J.-P.
“Me and my road bike are on the roads.” – C.D.G
“Cleveland Avenue in Newark is a good example.” – M.D.
“I use them when I need to… if I am working downtown…I use them to avoid getting killed by the buses….when I am on 52 I use them in Greeneville to avoid the PA drivers trying to get to the red light on Buck road.” – R.J.S.
“Often, on specific portions of my commute. I almost never encounter pedestrians on these stretches.” – T.P.
“I’m like a B- or C+, if I’m honest…” – E.L.
“Never.” – R.G.
• Top 5 Rules for Riding on the Sidewalk (Commute By Bike)