Ultimately, onus is on the two-wheeled to avoid accidents

Regarding the terrible spate of accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles that we have been experiencing recently: Bike riders have to accept the harsh reality that, besides the many incompetent and inexperienced drivers who are always on the road, there are also the usual complement of ones who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or too busy with their cellphones to care in the slightest what is going on around them. Bicyclists must accept that no set of laws or regulations we are capable of devising or enforcing is likely to change this.

This means that, as long as cars are bigger than bikes, the primary responsibility for avoiding bike-car accidents will always rest with the bicyclists.

Abe Sifton

Jamaica Plain