2012 Fiat 500 Sport: It Likes Bikes
March 21, 2012
Many cities in the U.S. are working hard to make themselves more bicycle-friendly. Lovely Long Beach, where I live, is one of them. A couple of major streets now have green-painted lanes, reminding drivers that bicycles are vehicles and (in California, anyway) have rights to shared roadways.
There's well-documented tension between bicyclists and motorists, with each group sometimes acting as though they have exclusive rights to the streets. As I drove our Fiat 500 yesterday, I realized what a bike-friendly car it is. Its compact size makes it easy to give bicyclists the 3 feet of clearance they need for safety. There's less chance of a "dooring" incident. And the Fiat is fun for cyclists, too. They finally have a car they can beat from a dead stop at a red light.
Kidding. Only kidding.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @13,986 miles