The leaders of the Missouri Bike Federation and other bicycle advocacy groups recently had a meeting with the director of MoDOT with the "On the Move" MoDOT campaign about future roads and projects and how bicycle safety concerns were being considered.
The bicycle groups told him one of the top needs for bicyclists across Missouri was roads with good, bicycleable shoulders. "Submit them!" he said. "Submit them to our list. Submit them all!" Answer MoDOT's challenge and lets submit what roads need better bike-able shoulders. Submit your shoulders for biking suggestions here!
- What roads should you consider?
- Roads that have too much traffic to bicycle on regularly or safely without a bicycleable shoulder
- Roads that have shoulders that are too narrow to safely use for bicycling but are often used for cycling.
- Routes that you would bike if only that one stretch of one road had a shoulder
- Bridges or overpasses that lack shoulders
- Roads that mostly have shoulders--but the shoulders are missing in a few spots
Even if you know someone else has submitted ht road you are thinking about, still submit it! Every submission is a like a 'vote' for adding a shoulder to your road.
Many of us bicyclists don't like riding on the shoulder even when it is there, for many reasons. Some of us are taught that for safety reasons don't ride on the shoulder because drivers will not give you any room, being on the inside of the white line forces them to give you extra space. Personally, I don't ride on the shoulder most of the time because of the rocks and debris that is usually there. However, I like a shoulder when traffic is heavy plus it make me feel more comfortable to have some extra room for error or to swerve if I need it.
Tips on when to ride the shoulder or not:
Know when to ride on the road, on the shoulder or in the bike lane to help avoid a bike accident.
"Don't ever let the traffic engineers think for you. Even if you're turning right, would you want to be in that gap when the truck is turning right? The rules will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but, generally, shoulder use is optional but never required, and bike lane use is generally only mandatory when faster traffic is present and they can be safely and reasonably used. Beware of glass, rubble and other debris that tends to collect in shoulders and bike lanes because they are not being continually swept clean by vehicular traffic as the rest of the road is. Take into account the extra risk you assume by riding as far right as bike lanes and shoulders usually are because you are less conspicuous there (less conspicuous to drivers approaching from behind as well as to those ahead of you). Being so far right also shortens your sight lines to potential hazards in front of you, and reduces the amount of safety/buffer space between you and potential hazards near the edge of the road. In short, decide where to ride by imagining where you would ride if there was no stripe per the considerations given above, and ride there. Remember that stripes are in fixed locations, and the best location for you to ride depends on the current situation and conditions, so don't blindly rely on bike lane stripes for guidance." from article How to Ride a Bike Safely
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