Sharing the Road with Cyclists
With winter finally behind us and spring in full swing, many people will be getting on the road with their bicycle. Bicycles have the right to share the road and travel in the same direction as motor vehicles, and like motorcycles, cyclists are often difficult to see and notice in traffic. Cyclists also have very little protection in the event of a crash, so be sure to look twice before crossing intersections or making turns and always check your blind spots. Follow these tips for sharing the road with bicyclists:
- Pass with care. When passing a cyclist, always leave at least four feet between you and the cyclist. Check the traffic and road conditions before considering to pass. Never pass too closely, and check your shoulder before moving back in the lane after passing.
- Yield to cyclists. Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way. Always allow extra time for cyclists to cross intersections and when turning.
- Drive cautiously. When you see a cyclist try to reduce your speed and never tailgate them. Give the cyclist plenty of space and recognize they do not have the protection of a vehicle.
- Watch for children. Children on bicycles are often unpredictable. Don’t expect children to know and understand traffic laws so be prepared for the unexpected. Children are often harder to see than adults on bicycles so be aware of your surroundings.