Those 7,400 miles were long distance touring miles, e.g., FL to NY twice, CO to WA, etc. One of my associates pointed out that we've each got over 100,000 miles of cycling behind us... we've been at it quite a while. He's 72 and still competes in Ironman and triathlete events... He started doing those when Ironman started in Hawaii. He wins his class and won overall in one event!Only 7,400 miles? Must be a noobe. Used to ride over 3,000/year. Bicycles are not allowed on interstate highways everywhere I've been because there are minimum speed requirements ... get a ticket or be arrested for impeding the flow of traffic. We have a local U.S. highway bridge (it's 5 miles long) where bicyclists are prohibited. And who was going the wrong way ... the F350 or cyclist? Too often see cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road and/or riding on sidewalks.
I'm heavily involved with advocacy, and have city appointments, to create Complete Streets and trail networks to make cycling and pedestrian use safer and to promote non-motorized transportation. Some of this includes bicycle lanes and protected bicycle lanes. We are also petitioning the state to lower the city speed limit. We fully understand that there is an education and enforcement component... Vehicles treat stop signs like yield signs and do no yield to pedestrians around here... I see it as I'm often on a bicycle or on foot--it is far less noticeable while driving around. Currently there is a three week targeted enforcement effort underway. Last night while inventorying streetlight outages I saw a lot of city and state police patrolling the target zone scheduled for yesterday. I saw a couple stops. We hope word gets around as too many people have been struck or struck and killed while walking and cycling in this area. In only one case were there criminal charges... the driver was drunk. In the others the drivers got off free without even being ticketed for failure to yield, driving right of pavement markings, unsafe passing, etc.I live in a college town...bike riders up the ying yang. We have a marked bike lane, yet many riders choose to ride in the middle of the lane or just right of the middle(but not in the bike lane). Some obey traffic signs, most(near campus) do not. It's a wonder that we do not see more
bike accidents than we do.