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comment Why is it safer to bike with traffic, instead of facing oncoming cars?
Since the rules of the road are the same on both urban and rural roads, I would suggest that the acutal risk factors are quite similar. Having ridden the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin, I would concede that the risk-per-mile is less no matter which way you ride. This is only because there are fewer discrete encounters between motorist and cyclist. You can get away with riding against traffic for a lot longer, in rural areas than in urban because there are fewer chances to get whacked. That doesn't make the practice safer. All cyclists benefit from consistency among riders' behavior.
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