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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-15-2005, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Interstate riding

I've avoided riding the busy interstate (I-80) that runs from Sacramento to San Francisco b/c there's so much traffic on it, so I assumed riding it was more dangerous than an ordinary road.

Does anyone else avoid this, or am I being stupid by assuming that? At least there are no intersections on interstates.
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Does anyone else avoid this,
sorry, what i meant was "do you avoid interstate riding"
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sorry, what i meant was "do you avoid interstate riding"
Heh, actually I live right near 80 as well but I'm all the way in Ohio. I'm still somewhat of a newb as I only have my permit still so I'm legally not allowed to drive on the interstate yet, but I did try it out once already. Quite exhiliarating.

Anyway, I think it stands to reason that interstate driving is more dangerous simply because of the higher speeds. You have less reaction time when going 75 compared to 35 as well as a whole lot more momentum working against you. I'm looking forward to getting my license so that I can ride the highways but you can guarantee I'll be a bit more cautious there than I am in the city.
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I try to mix it up. I ride highway for half of my commute and back roads for the other half.
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IMO Interstate riding is probably the safest place you can be. Riding on highways and in towns you are faced with side streets where people can jump out at you, pedestrians crossing the road, stop and go traffic, people running lights/signs, etc. Interstates don't have a lot of those dangers. Sure, it's higher speed, but it's still safer. To me anyway.

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I enjoy interstate riding as long as the traffic is flowing. When there is gridlock it sucks and thats when I think it starts to get dangerous.

The biggest danger on a flowing interstate are things all of the sudden in the middle of the road or things flying off the backs of trucks. As long as you give yourself a good sight line and plenty of space though you should be ok.

I always believe in riding a bit faster then traffic on the interstate also. Keeps all the danger in front of you and makes you standout more. The worse thing you can do on the freeway is just settle down with traffic and stay in one lane.
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I avoid interstates because they are very boring, but I feel quiet safe on them. The responsivness of a sportbike allows me to think of other vehicles as stationary objects. So the only concerns are having an exit strategy in case something happens in front of me, making sure that no one is tailgating me, and not staying beside someone any longer than I absolutely have to.

What scares me most is in town riding.



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sorry, what i meant was "do you avoid interstate riding"
Hell no.

I don't seek it out, but I don't avoid it. And it is pretty boring if you just follow traffic, but I avoid that boredom by usually cruising on the highways at around 130.
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Re: Interstate riding

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I've avoided riding the busy interstate (I-80) that runs from Sacramento to San Francisco b/c there's so much traffic on it, so I assumed riding it was more dangerous than an ordinary road.

Does anyone else avoid this, or am I being stupid by assuming that? At least there are no intersections on interstates.
I run that stretch all the time, E. Sometimes I take 680 through Walnut Creek to Oakland.

The interstate is much safer than surface streets...no intersections, the traffic moves at pretty much the same speed, in the same directions. Splitting lanes can be pretty intense, but it's an enjoyable challenge.
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I agree with everybody, I had a hunch that it was probably safer even though it "feels" more dangerous.
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