Bikes, cars, and other road users can coexist safely and peacefully. Here are a few ways you can help make this happen.
Safety Tips for Bicyclists:
- All traffic laws apply to bicyclists:
- Stop at red lights
- Yield right-of-way
- Signal when turning
- Ride on the road in the same direction as traffic
- Wear a helmet.
- At night, wear reflective clothing and use bicycle lights.
- Ride on the right side of the road, but stay away from the edge of the pavement.
- Avoid riding on sidewalks. At driveways and street crossings, motorists may not see you on the sidewalk until it's too late.
- Pass on the left.
- Watch for cars turning into bike lanes.
- Obey signs that prohibit riding (such as on interstate highways).
Safety Tips for Motorists:
- Look for bicyclists before turning and before opening doors.
- Do not overtake a bicyclist before making a right turn. Instead, slow down, merge, and then turn.
- Do not assume that a bicyclist will ride as far to the right as possible. Good cyclists ride about three feet from the edge of the road, which makes them more visible to motorists and gives them space to maneuver around road hazards.
- Allow bicyclists to enter your lane to make a left turn.
- Remember that bicycles are vehicles and are allowed to ride on the roads.
- Do not drive or park in bike lanes. You may, however, cross them when turning or exiting a legally assigned parking space.