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Cycling and Driving Tips to Stay Safe

Cycling and Driving Tips to Stay Safe 

It’s important to observe safety guidelines when bicycles and vehicles share the road. Here are some helpful tips for drivers and bicyclists to follow that can help keep everyone safe on the road.

Tips for Motorists

DRIVING:

  • When passing, be sure to clear the cyclist before moving back into your lane.
  • Give the cyclist at least three feet when passing.
  • Cyclists who are not on the extreme right-hand side of the lane are not being careless, but are in fact attempting to avoid hazards that could cause a crash.

PARKING:

  • Always look for cyclists before pulling over to park.
  • Always look for cyclists before opening a car door. Motorists parking may not open a car door into traffic until it is safe to do so. Car doors hitting cyclists can cause serious crashes, for which the motorist is responsible.

TURNING:

  • Yield to bicyclists when turning.
  • As with motor vehicle traffic, bicyclists going straight through an intersection have the right of way over turning vehicles.
  • Never turn right after passing a cyclist. Wait until s/he has merged behind you or completed the trip through the intersection. Overtaking, then making a right turn in front of cyclists, causes a significant number of car/bike crashes.
  • Always yield to cyclists before turning left. Drivers turning left in front of oncoming cyclists also cause a large percentage of car/bicycle crashes.

Tips for Cyclists

LAWS OF THE ROAD:

  • Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Always use a light if you are riding between sunset and sunrise. Your visibility is directly related to your safety.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.

POSITION ON THE ROAD:

  • Be predictable. Do not weave in and out of traffic or parked cars.
  • Ride at least 3 feet away from parked cars and be alert for motorists or passengers opening car doors.

TURNING AND STOPPING:

  • Signal your intentions: use hand signals to indicate turns and stops.
  • Be especially alert when going straight through an intersection: look for motorists in all directions, merge behind a right-turning motorist when possible.
  • Left turns: There are two possibilities. Signal, move into the left lane, and turn left. Or ride straight to the far side of the intersection, then stop, turn left, and ride across. If you use the crosswalk, walk your bicycle across.
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