• Do you ride on sidewalks?

    by  • July 15, 2013 • Education, Safety • 2 Comments



    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.


    League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling (16 videos)

    Top 5 Rules for Riding on the Sidewalk (Commute By Bike)

    Delaware law regarding bicycling on sidewalks (4198B)

    2 Responses to Do you ride on sidewalks?

    1. August 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Actually not bad. I thought for a moment I was going to have to resign my membership in protest of them saying something on this topic that I would have a fundamental problem with.

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