I’m going to be right up front about this: I don’t care what you’re driving on the road.Car, truck, bike, tractor, whatever. If you’re on the road, you need to obey the rules of the road. Full stop.
So technically the problems I have with bicycles are more a problem with bicyclists. Seriously, guys, you’re not helping your case of “cars should be more careful!” when you ride far enough into the lane that it’s impossible for cars to safely pass you, dart into traffic, drive at night without lights, or run red lights in front of someone who’s making a right-hand turn. Not. Helping.
That said, under certain conditions a bike can be a useful survival tool.
For one thing it builds endurance. Though this may not translate directly into, say, running for your life from the slavering zombies. The muscles you build up are different. Still, exercised lungs are always a plus.
For another, it’ll generally get you around places you want to go even under less than ideal conditions. Road flooded? Depending how deep it is, a bike will still get through, without shorting out or trapping you behind steel and glass if you make a tiiiiiny misjudgment of how deep it is.
(Seen on a local news report some months back: “Sir, you can’t go that way. See that white spot under the water? That’s the top of a pickup just like yours….”)
For a third – it may up your chances of survival by forcing you to pay attention to your surroundings. After all, if you wouldn’t leave your bike there, maybe you shouldn’t be there either.
Though I make no promises that a bike is less likely to attract zombies than your average car. It all depends on how the zombies are tracking prey. If they’re going by sound? Sure, a bike can be quieter, if properly maintained. But if they’re going by scent, and you just got off a long uphill climb… well. Oops?