Collision Avoidance For Bicycles

A cyclists’ guide to show you How to Not Get Hit by Cars:

This page shows you real ways you can get hit and real ways to avoid them. This is a far cry from normal bike safety guides, which usually tell you little more than to wear your helmet and to follow the law. But consider this for a moment: Wearing a helmet will do absolutely nothing to prevent you from getting hit by a car! Sure, helmets might help you if you get hit, and it’s a good idea to wear one, but your #1 goal should be to avoid getting hit in the first place.

They list 10 collision types, including:

  • The Door Prize: A driver opens his door right in front of you.
  • Red Light of Death: You stop to the right of a car that’s already waiting at a red light or stop sign. They can’t see you. When the light turns green, you move forward, and then they turn right, right into you.
  • The Right Cross: This is one of the most common types of collisions or potential collisions. A car is pulling out of a side street, parking lot, or driveway on the right.