If you ever ridden a bike along Woodward in Ferndale or Royal Oak you've probably hear, "Get outta the road!" more than once. Yet riding on the sidewalk isn't feasible in these cities. So, what to do? Well a group in Royal Oak is pushing for a more biker friendly downtown that includes bike lanes.
The Royal Oak nonmotorized transportation task force wants to improve the situation and prevent more accidents...
"Studies show that when a city is safer for bicyclists, those people tend to stay in their city for entertainment," Regan said. "They bike to local restaurants and venues ... I'm tired of the self-righteous attitudes by motorists in Royal Oak that assume only motor vehicles have the right to the road."
Honking, angry drivers tell Regan to "get off the road" and "Go ride on the sidewalk."
The reality, he said, is that more people are injured riding their bikes on sidewalks than in the streets. Motorized vehicle drivers usually aren't paying enough attention when turning, and if a bicyclist is crossing the street, that's often when they're struck.
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