In March of this year Bicycling magazine ranked
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Recently some friends and I had a discussion about bike safety in our car-obsessed society. The conversation started because of a fatal accident that involved a bicyclist and a car. One of the points made: “ I’m suggesting that we as a society did something wrong when we decided (and are still deciding, since about 1945) to start building roads exclusively for fast-moving cars...A road in which cars are comfortable driving at 50 mph is by my inclination NOT exactly a good place for a bicycle - and that’s the problem. It’s a dangerous place - a place where people get killed. Why should I as a cyclist or pedestrian be trapped to only certain roads? If I want to go to the Save-A-Lot or the Kwiky Mart, I either have to own a car or risk my life.”
States' spending of Federal Funds, National Average:
Highways & Bridges = $72 per person
Pedestrian Projects = $0.55 per person
While one might argue that if a cyclist wants to ride on a road where the speed limit is 50mph then that cyclist should know the “rules of the road,” but shouldn’t drivers know how to “share the road?” Below are excerpts from TN Code and Drivers Manual:
[Acts 1955, ch. 329, § 71; T.C.A., § 59-872; Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 113.]
55-8-172. Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles - Penalty.
(a) Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway is granted all
of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable
to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter and chapter 10,
parts 1-5 of this title, except as to special regulations in
§§ 55-8-171 - 55-8-177, and except as to those provisions of
this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title which
by their nature can have no application....