Re: How safe is it to ride a bike nowadays?
"How safe" is rather arbitrary... how safe compared to what?
Of course riding is going to be more dangerous than a cage, that will always be true. Whether or not the dangers involved are worth what's gained, well that is a completely subjective question that only you can answer for yourself. No one else can decide for you what is worth the risk.
For me personally, is it safe? No, but then neither is driving my pickup, flying on a plane or even walking out my front door, there is no such thing as true safety in life, so then it just comes down to weighing risk and reward. For me riding is easily and without a shadow of a doubt worth the risks. I have a ~45min commute to work, that trip can get my blood pumping and put a grin on my face if I take the R6, or be a tedious and mundane trip I just gotta do if I take the truck. The enjoyment of riding to and from work every day (that weather allows, working in wet clothes sucks balls) is honestly one of the things I look forward to every day. Sure there are close calls every once in a while but nothing bad enough to make me want to stop riding, as long as you ride assuming no one else on the road knows your there, then you're prepared when they don't. Which to be honest has been nowhere near as bad as I was lead to believe before I got my bike. If you go by videos and posts then you'd think there would be a dozen homicidal drivers trying to run you down every time you ride. That has not been my experience at all, of course there has been distracted drivers here and there, but nothing close to how bad as I thought it would be. Which I guess makes sense that you'd read about close calls more, no one makes a youtube video or a forum post about how they had a safe and uneventful ride. I've always ridden like no driver knows I'm there, but for the most part I'm pleasantly surprised when they do. I'm sure it would vary depending on where you are though, I live in Columbia SC, where the biggest college in the state is located, so we have students on mopes absolutely everywhere, so the drivers here are more accustomed to having two wheeled vehicles around them than some places.
Last edited by JayO; 10-02-2018 at 08:10 AM.