Max wrote:silkishuge wrote:Is it possible to look for alternate routes that are less busy. I try to avoid busy roads. I don't really believe in fighting for my rights, just to get home safe.
True enough, but at the same time, if we don't speak out for our rights, they're not really rights at all. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, you know?
On top of that, despite people's perceptions, it's the main roads that are actually the safer. Intersections are the major source of collisions in urban areas. Backstreet routes take you through a greater number of intersections and more often these are uncontrolled and leave the cyclist in a less clear situation regarding their obligations.
I prefer the predictability and routine of riding main roads. Once you have developed some basic skills to claim lane space and are using a rear view mirror it all becomes very straightforward.