Ah, sharing the road with a bicyclist: There’s one person protected by a helmet vs. a giant metal machine with you inside.
It’s a pretty big mismatch, and it requires a lot of patience, skill and awareness on your part to keep that cyclist safe. Unfortunately, in the U.S., more than 130,000 bicyclists get injured in road crashes every year, and nearly 1,000 die.
You can be part of the solution. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate the nuances of sharing a roadway with riders with insights from Neal Stansbury, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Stansbury is Medical Director for Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pa., and also is a competitive cyclist. He recently won gold and silver medals at the 2023 World Transplant Games held in Perth, Australia.