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post #1 of 14 Old 03-27-2009, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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freeway or city streets which are more safe?

Mid size city surface streets or normal traffic freeway conditions which do you think is more safe, and why?
so if you had to go somewhere and the freeway and the streets took the same amount of time which would you go and why?

oh and btw I voted freeway, just from my experience let me know what you think and why.

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 12:12 AM
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i don't care for riding on any busy roads really, but it seems less demanding to know what's going on on the freeway. nobody backing out of driveways, pulling out of the gas station with the hose still in the tank of their car while talking on the phone and having a smoke...
just people carelessly changing lanes w/o signaling or looking really. it seems easier to avoid them.

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I would agree that theres probably less chance of getting into an accident on the freeway. Nobody turning in front of you, probably better visibility, everyone going in the same direction (assuming its divided). Keep a good distance and stay out of blind spots as much as possible.

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Freeway, for all the reasons mentioned already and all the reasons yet to be mentioned. (that was the lazy response)

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I take the backroads that put you 40 - 50 miles out of the way, but since that wasn't an option, I'd choose the freeway. I hate riding in city traffic. Poor lane changes, inattentive drivers, more potholes (for some reason that's how it is here).

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Freeway, for all the reasons mentioned already and all the reasons yet to be mentioned. (that was the lazy response)
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Take the Metro, it's much safer...

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post #8 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 07:52 AM
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Slab has less variables and lower risk, but higher speed/energy accidents have bad results. Probably the worst part of slab are tailgaters and crazy lane changers. Most slab accidents occur due to lane splitting or following too close and not paying attention. Constantly be aware of your surroundings and avoid Idiots.

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Take the Metro, it's much safer...
pahh... i knew it...lol..


at least here the superslabs are a touch safer... and just a touch.. but a full 50% of the drivers here are from other countries... countries like haiti.. where there are no turn signals.. no lanes...

if i see a taxi cab i fear for my life till i get away from it... they drive while eating and with a cell phone to their head..

then again i saw a guy on a rebel 250 the other day talking on a cell phone while riding down the street....

people are stupid



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slab is safer, but boring.

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then again i saw a guy on a rebel 250 the other day talking on a cell phone while riding down the street....
people are stupid
I guess he was a "rebel" huh?

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Highways are safer in the city because you only have to worry about non-signalling lane changers, road ragers, and people who can't negotiate on on-ramp. On the surface streets, you've got left turners, parking lot exiters, bicyclists, random pedestrians, buses and delivery vehicles making random stops, traffic lights, etc.

In rural areas, I think the highways are still safer - you can see the deer and mountain goats a lot easier. Having said that, sometimes we get suicidal deer and sheep around here - they wait behind the guard rail for the perfect moment to jump. During sheep and deer season (especially around dawn and dusk), I think the safest thing is to slow down - highway or back road.

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city traffic sucks. Seriously. I can't stand how bad people drive on the surface streets. Unfortunately, here in tucson, theres not much option but take them, so i normally opt for 2 laner roads thru residential areas...

In my 3 months back on a bike, i've been swerved at, forced out of lanes, brake checked, cut off, and been had to get up on a sidewalk even once...

people here, for how many motorcycles there are, still don't pay attention whatsoever...

PS Average life span of a person in Phoenix, AZ who commutes 40miles round trip via motorbike is 6 months according to some news story i watched while i lived there...Assuming its the freeways doin people in up there, but, dunno.

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-31-2009, 02:01 AM
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just take your private helicopter. it's the only way to truly avoid such congestion, and there is always somebody watching the radar for you and yelling in your headset if you are close to anyone else.

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