Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bike Animal Crashes

Here's motorcyclecruiser's article on bike-animal crashes. I have been looking into this subject since almost hitting a deer on the Blue Ridge Parkway earlier this month. The deer ran across the road within feet of my bike, I didn't have a chance to hit the brakes, but we did not hit. A riding buddy hit a deer in Arkansas last year and survived.

I looked at deer whistles and other devices, but the available research (see the article above) suggests they don't work and might even attract critters.

Best thing to do is scan for animals, bearing in mind that when you see one, there may be more. Deer seem to be more prevalent at dawn and dusk, and when there are a lot of bugs. Don't approach animals on the road, they might have territorial issues. I have seen land crabs swarming on roads in Florida, I don't think you can ride over them as their hard shells can easily puncture tires. suggests braking as hard as possible prior to the crash, and don't swerve around large animals. Conventional advice suggests you just ride straight over smaller animals of squirrel size and smaller. Oftentimes the quality of your personal protective equipment makes the difference.

Ok, this is a pretty lame post, it doesn't look like there is a good technique or fix for this problem. Anyone who has any suggestions on this issue, let us know.



Blogger ET said...

Here's an eyewitness account of a bad deer crash. This post also doesn't have any good suggestions except good gear.

June 30, 2009 9:41 PM  

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