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Cyclists offer some (mostly) kind advice

Never underestimate the friendliness of fellow bicyclists — or their propensity to point out everything you’re doing wrong. Last week’s article on my adventures in urban cycling brought dozens of gratifying responses from readers (plus, as expected, a few run-’em-off-the-road cranks). The correspondents shared details of their commuting histories, their routes, their accidents. I was invited to join in on more than one daily commute and told to wave if I saw certain bikers on certain roads.

I was also chided (politely) for points the article didn’t raise, and in almost all cases the readers were right. Because I was writing about commuting during the day, I didn’t mention lights (even so, many riders use their lights during daylight hours as well). Truth: The more you and your bike resemble a blinking Christmas tree, the more easily you’ll be seen and the safer you’ll be.

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