December 27, 2017 Mellisa McColley

What You Should Know When Sharing The Road With Cyclists

 

The number of cyclists on our roads, especially in large cities, has increased over the years. When you’re sharing the road with cyclists, it’s important for the safety of everyone to drive with extra caution. Here’s what every driver needs to know when sharing the road with cyclists:

 Drive Cautiously

  • Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
  • Don’t tailgate, especially in bad weather
  • Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space
  • Look out for cyclists coming the wrong way

 Yield to Cyclists

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles
  • Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way
  • Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections

Be Considerate

  • Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
  • Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
  • Look for cyclists when opening doors

 Pass with Care

  • When passing, leave four feet between you and a cyclist
  • Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you pass
  • Check over your shoulder before moving back
  • Note: It is illegal to pass a cyclist to turn right immediately after

Watch for Children

  • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable
  • Expect the unexpected and slow down
  • Don’t expect children to know traffic laws
  • Because of their size children can be harder to see
  • Note: Children may be on the sidewalk or in the road. The legality of sidewalk riding is determined by municipalities but most towns permit children to ride on the sidewalk
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