It’s summer and that means more bicyclists on the road. If drivers and bicyclists do not know how to share the road, it can lead to dangerous situations.
Rules of the Road
Before getting in your vehicle, consider these tips to safely share the road with bicyclists.
Coexist with Each Other
Bicyclists have the same rights to the roads as drivers. They are entitled to the road so you need to peacefully coexist and be patient with each other.
Be Alert at Intersections
Intersections are opportunities for serious collisions. Drivers should especially look for cyclists when making turns. A bike can easily get to 15 to 20 mile per hour speeds so ensure you have enough time to complete the turn. When turning, exercise the same caution you would for an approaching vehicle.
Give Bicyclists Space
A good rule of thumb is four feet of space between you and the bicyclist. This also gives the bicyclist room if they need to swerve to avoid road hazards such as potholes or debris. Also, use extra caution when passing bicyclists and move entirely into the left lane.
Use Your Signal Lights
Always use your vehicle’s signal lights so bicyclists can anticipate your next move. You’ll also want to pay attention to signals from bicyclists such as when they are making a left or right turn or stopping.
Be Careful Opening Car Doors
It’s important to look over your shoulder before opening your car door. The width of the road often forces bicyclists to ride close to parked vehicles. If you do not see a bicyclist approaching your car and open your door, the impact of your door hitting them can cause serious injury.
There is one road and many users including vehicles and bicycles. It’s everyone’s responsibility to watch out for one another and be considerate and respectful.