1A today: What needs to change to make roads safer for cyclists?

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Today’s “1A” (for first amendment / free speech) program by NPR is about making roads safer for cyclists.  It will be broadcast on 90.5 WESA 10-12am, possibly followed by a partial rebroadcast 9-10pm in “1A Plus.”


My favorite line was a caller making the statement “right of way means nothing when you’re the squishy one.”


Audio is available here


and is also available as a podcast, e.g.


It was a good discussion. They covered many of the big issues:

  • all road users break the law at comparable rates (drivers, cyclists, pedestrians)
  • speeding cars kill, so slowing cars helps
  • SUVs are deadlier than sedans, because of the high front end
  • smartphone use means more distracted drivers (a statistic they cited: cameras in cars show that 13% of drivers are distracted (not watching the road) when passing cyclists)
  • protected bike lanes help

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