Rules of the Road: Sharing with Bicyclists

In honor of National Bike Month, people across the country are riding bikes to work and school and celebrating the benefits of bike riding in our communities. It is also a great time to address the safety issues that arise with bike riding.

Do you know the rules of the road? Since the weather is getting nicer and more cyclists are on the road, now is the time to review the rules. Here are some basic guidelines for sharing the road with cyclists. Keep everyone safe by being aware of these tips.

Rules of the Road: Sharing with Bicyclists

Be aware:
Be on the lookout for cyclists. When passing through intersections and when in traffic, scan for any cyclists. Give them room when you spot obstacles such as potholes or debris. Also, never honk your horn when you are close to a cyclist. This may alarm him or her and cause an accident.

Pass carefully:
to leave room between your car and the bike. Check over your shoulder before returning to the lane and always be patient.

Give cyclists space:
Reduce speed when you approach cyclists. Don’t tailgate. Remember that cyclists have the same rights as a driver of any vehicle.

Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way. Give them extra time when passing through intersections.

Watch for kids:
Kids on bikes may be unpredictable. When you see children on their bikes, be extra cautious. They may swerve and change pace, so give them extra room. They are harder to spot, so keep an eye out for them.

Remember, bicyclists also share the same responsibilities of any other driver. This means that responsible cyclists will be cautious on the road, too. They should always ride in the same direction as traffic, obey all traffic signals and laws, use hand signals and be visible with lights and clothing.

How are you celebrating national bike month? Take the family out for a bike ride through the park or ride to work. Whenever you hop on the bike, remember to wear your helmet and obey all traffic laws.


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