Bike to Work Week: Safety Tips for Motorists

By May 15, 2018November 18th, 2020No Comments
  1. Watch for Bicyclists at all Times. Bicycles are vehicles and bicyclists may take the entire lane. Scan for bicyclists in traffic and give them the appropriate right-of-way. Children and novice riders can be unpredictable; expect the unexpected. Watch for bicyclists before opening car doors. Don’t drive distracted or after consuming alcohol or other drugs.
  2. Drive the Speed and Avoid Aggressive Maneuvers. Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at stop signs. Allow extra time for bicyclists to traverse intersections. Recognize hazards that bicyclists may face and give them space to maneuver.
  3. Pass Bicyclists with Care. Treat bicyclists as you would a slow-moving car-don’t tailgate,
    and do wait until traffic conditions allow you to safely pass the bicyclist. Reduce speed when passing bicyclists and allow at least 3 ft of passing space. Check over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist before moving back. Don’t blast your horn in close proximity to bicyclists.
  4. Use the above suggestions for motorcyclists too!
The above is an excerpt from the article, “Bicycle Safety: A Shared Responsibility.” For more information, please visitwww.biketoworkinfo.org.

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