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Saturday, February 18, 2012

What is Vehicular cycling? Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles


From Wikipedia - 
Vehicular cycling (also known as integrated cyclingintegrated traffic cyclingcooperative cycling, and bicycle driving) is the practice of riding bicycles on roads in a manner that is in accordance with the principles for driving in traffic.
The phrase vehicular cycling was coined by John Forester in the 1970s to characterize the style of cycling utilized in his native country, the United Kingdom, in contrast to the deferential-to-cars style of cycling and practices that he found to be typical in the United States.
In his book Effective Cycling, Forester contends that "Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles".[1] Forester's book is generally considered the primary modern reference work about vehicular cycling, along with Cyclecraft by John Franklin, which is part of Bikeability, the UK's national standard for cycle training, andBicycling Streetsmarts by John S. Allen, a compact tutorial also published in custom formats including as bicycle driving manuals for some states.

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