Biking with the Flow of Traffic

by Terry Bryant

Biking with the Flow of Traffic

Biking with the Flow of Traffic

Many people take to the roads on bicycles, both competitively and leisurely. Unfortunately, many bicyclists think it is safer to ride against the flow of traffic so that drivers can see them pedaling toward their vehicles head on.

Although it may be counterintuitive, it is more dangerous to ride against the flow of vehicular traffic! You should always ride with the flow of traffic. Here’s why:

  • Oncoming Traffic—oncoming traffic may be more likely to see you if you are pedaling toward them head on, but this does not mean they would be able to avoid hitting you. You may actually cause an accident if a driver is unable to avoid you and must slam on the brakes. If you are moving with the flow of traffic, a driver can slow down, then pass you when it is safe.
  • Turning Traffic—cars turning right do not always think to look to the right. It is natural to stop, look left, then turn right. This means that a driver turning right may not see a bicyclist coming against the flow of traffic, which also means that a driver may turn right into you.
  • Backing Traffic—likewise, if a motorist is backing onto the roadway, a driver will not always think to look in the opposite direction of traffic. Again, this could result in a collision with a backing vehicle that did not look both ways.

If you or anyone you know has been injured as a result of an bicycle accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.