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Motorcyclists Crashes into Cyclists at Speed
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A motorcyclist his two cyclists coming out of a turn on Mullholland Hwy. Thankfully, neither of the cyclists appeared to have any serious injuries. The motorcyclist was not speeding and did not intend to hit the cyclists. Rather, while in the turn the motorcyclist scraped his foot against the ground. In an effort to "rebalance" himself, the motorcyclist over corrected and took the rest of the turn too wide. Unfortunately he did not have enough time to avoid the cyclists. Here is a similar crash demonstrating the same type of motorcycle crash (minus the cyclists).

Should we stay off roads like Mullholland Hwy?


This type of crash brings up some important points. Should we stay off of highways and country roads that have a high rate of crashes as well as many people riding in unsafe ways? At what point should we start to avoid roads, not because we don't have the right to ride there, but because it is incredibly dangerous. Do you think riding on this type of road would help to get people to slow down?

These are the types of questions I ask myself when collisions involving cyclists happen on busy roads.
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@DOSCYCLE that or target fixation, which is an error when you stare at something you don't want to hit and end up hitting it. It seems to be a big problem with many motorcyclists
@DownShiftSteve It's illegal to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk nearly everywhere in the US. Cyclists have a legal RIGHT to the road while drivers merely have the priviledge. But really, why blame the people that did nothing wrong?
I live just north of Mullholland... and seriously, it's not a road I'd ever consider riding. I think as cyclists we have to recognize and accept that some roads are just too dangerous to contemplate riding. During Carmagheddon -when the 405 freeway was being worked on, I took Mullholland over the hills down into the valley and it's a tricky road for a decent driver - and sad to say, SoCal is full of less than decent drivers. I ride an average of 200 miles a week in SoCal... only 20-30 of those miles are on surface roads... the rest is done on dedicated bike paths. there are hundreds of miles of bikes paths all around LA. But sincerely, when I lived and rode on the east coast in a city with practically no cyclist support, I had no choice but to be wise about the roads I chose to ride. Reality is that drivers are supposed to know the traffic laws and regulations and obey them... and most don't.