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Street Smarts

By Rich Katz

The streets are the most dangerous place you’ll ever be. The chances of getting killed in a traffic accident are greater than almost anything you’ll experience in your entire lifetime. If you’re in a car, the simplest precaution you can take to survive is to wear your seatbelt. But on a bicycle, you might as well be naked, helmet or not. The only things that will keep you alive in traffic are your skills, your awareness of your environment, and always having a tremendous respect for the danger involved. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to scare you away from riding your bicycle on the streets, but knowledge is power, and the skills are what will keep you alive so that you can continue to have fun riding bikes. Don’t think that wearing a helmet is all you need to stay alive; you want to avoid accidents, not just survive them.