Did you know bicyclists and motorists are equally responsible for safety? Here are some tips on sharing the road.
Sharing the Road: Cyclists
On the Road: > The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists > Obey all traffic control devices > Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns to other users
Always Wear a Properly Fitting Helmet: > Wear a helmet, no matter how short the trip
Ride on the Right: > Always ride in the same direction as traffic > Use the farthest right lane that heads to your destination > Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right
Ride Predictably: > Ride in a straight line > Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars > Check for traffic before entering street or intersection > Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly
Be Visible: > Wear brightly colored clothing that provides contrast > Use a white front light in low light conditions > Use a red rear light in low light conditions > Use a reflector or reflective tape or clothing anytime > Announce yourself by making eye contact with motorists
Sharing the Road: Motorists
Drive Cautiously: > Reduce speed when encountering cyclists > Don't tailgate, especially in bad weather > Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space
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
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
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