I am appalled at the number of urban cyclists that do not heed the rules of the road – ignoring stop signs, stoplights and hand signals. It is dangerous not only for them but everyone else sharing the road.
The above video illustrates the consequence. Red. Green. Learn the difference.
Drivers and pedestrians can not always see cyclists. And, quite frankly, they don’t always look. They have their own priorities. You cannot trust they will stop or, for that matter, even see you. Be on guard at all times. Unless you are cycling on quiet rural roads, ride defensively.
The more I ride, the more cautious I have become. I travel bikeways and bike paths whenever possible. I search out traffic calmed routes. I wear bright, reflective clothing. I wear a helmet. And, I obey the rules of the road. Do you?