Are tricycles dangerous in traffic?
Q. Aren’t you afraid you’ll get hit by a car when riding a trike? You’re so low!
A. When I was first considering the purchase of a human-powered trike, yes I was timid about this. And my first rides were measured carefully to begin on neighborhood streets, then moving onto the town’s main streets, and ultimately onto state highways (but not limited access freeways). It was a necessary progression to allow my mental fears time to mellow and eventually vaporize. The truth of the matter is much different than what the common person would initially consider. Trikes are clearly safer than bicycles, simply because the trike is such a bizarre looking vehicle that every driver sits up and immediately takes notice. Car drivers are so used to seeing bicycles everywhere that they take bikes for granted, often subconsciously dismissing the two wheeled vehicle, which is an invitation for collision. Trikers are guaranteed to be seen by motorists, who can’t figure out what they are witnessing on the roadway, especially if they have a vibrant flag attached to the seat. It is also not unusual for a motorist to believe a triker is physically handicapped, and consequently give the trike even more room. The flagging takes care of the low seat height issue. Realizing these realities requires time in the cockpit, but once the epiphany gels, fear melts away.
Bill Emmons has ridden enough to realize trikes are not to be feared.