I was cycling through Preston the other day, riding to the left of a lane shared with cars as the “bicycle lane” was full of parked cars. A motorist in a four-wheel drive overtook me at some speed with less than a foot between us.
As a bike accident attorney practicing in the urban area of Los Angeles, I have to say that it is always a bit of both. While more bike lanes (especially segregated ones that have a barrier between vehicular traffic) and other measures certainly help to reduce bike crashes, it is only when motor vehicle operators decide that they will look out for cyclists and truly share the road that bike safety can be acheived.
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