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Should You Ride to the Left Or Take the Whole Lane? A Vancouver Bike Accident Lawyer Discusses the Options.

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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As someone who has been injured—who may need of the advice of a respected Vancouver bicycle accident lawyer—it is going to be a while before you take another big road trip.


However, when you do get back out on the bike, how should you ride? More specifically, should you take the whole lane or stay off to the side?


The answer is less obvious than you think. It depends on a complex list of factors, including:


  • Whether or not cars can see you easily.
  • How fast cars typically go on the road.
  • How much room you have off to the side of the road.
  • Whether you are riding past a row of parked cars where you could be “doored” by a driver who is exiting the vehicle. In this case, the center of the lane might be safer.
  • Whether you encounter heavy traffic and multiple intersections, in which case, the center of the road could be safer since drivers turning onto the street may not see you, if you are way off to the side.



Biking As If You Were Invisible


Avoid riding at dusk and dawn, and maximize your road visibility by using LED headlights, reflective clothing, and visible taillights.


In addition, consider biking as if you were invisible. What would you do, if other cars could not see you? How would you drive differently?


Depending on where you bike, you may be restricted from certain types of turns, maneuvers, or lane-takings. Know the rules of the road before you bike. If you have questions, contact local bike clubs or the Vancouver police for tips.


If you been in a crash, a Vancouver bicycle accident lawyer at McComb Witten can help. Find out whether you can collect compensation by calling us now at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free case evaluation. Alternatively, you can learn more by downloading our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim.