Amazingly often, I hear people advocate riding against traffic. Almost invariably, their stated reason is to see oncoming traffic in case they need to jump off their bike.
Well, in the one recent time I had an "oncoming car" experience, I didn't have any time to take evasive action or to jump off my bike. Which brings up the question of whether it is actually possible to actually jump off a moving bike. For that matter, might my loyal reader know how such a feat might be accomplished even from a stationary bike. It MIGHT be possible with a step-through frame, but even then it seems much more just a theoretical possibility than anything realistic when riding. Am I somehow confused? Are my bike handling skills simply dramatically inferior to those that favor the "against traffic" mode?
I'm not talking about safety here. I'm wondering about simple physics and human motion mechanics. People are not fleas!
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