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Sharing the road is too often deadly for cyclists

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Three years ago, Schenectady resident Tom Ambros was hit by a car while riding his bicycle and left unconscious in a ditch next to Route 146 in Niskayuna. One moment he was coming through a light, and the next he was on the ground, with a good Samaritan “asking me if I’m OK,” he said. He had no recollection of his crash and assumed that an equipment failure caused him to fall. But then he ...

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July 15, 2013
3:50 p.m.

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Most motorists are ignorant of bicycling because they never learned to drive a bicycle.
They learned how to balance, move forward, and stop, but they never learned how to drive. They (and many cyclists too) never learned to stop at traffic signals, never learned to signal. They grew up learning to think of the bicycle as a toy, instead of a vehicle, and have subsequently carried the myths and wrongful conceptions with them all their life.
Ms. Foss took one of the "bicycle driver education" courses locally a few years ago, and wrote of her experiences with it. Bicycle driver education should be given in school and a prerequisite for driving a car. With few exceptions, one drives a bicycle in the exact manner as one drives a car.
I HATE hearing people say, "ride a bike". You ride a bus, you ride a train. You ride, someone else operates it. When you travel by bicycle, unless you are the "stoker" on a tandem, then you are the DRIVER.
(wish the author was more careful when using the word, "accident". We've all had incidents of aggression, and the results are hardly "accidents".)