It’s warming up again, and springtime means that more bicyclists will be out. Here’s how to drive safely with bicyclists so that we can all share the road happily and safely:
- Acknowledge bicyclist vulnerability – A car weighs a lot more than a bike, and in any collision, the bicyclist will be far more injured than the driver.
- Know bicyclists’ rights – Traffic laws apply to bicyclists, too. So they’re not allowed to use the sidewalks and are considered vehicles on the road. The same traffic laws apply to them.
- Tone the road rage down – Don’t have the “in my way” attitude about bicyclists. They’re motorists, too, so you have to think of them as equal. Don’t let your road rage get to you.
- Beware the right hook and left turn – When you’re making a right turn, a bicyclist might be a little behind you, also making a turn. Watch out so you don’t hit them. The left turn is dangerous, too. Don’t assume that you can make a left turn before a bicyclist can go.
- Give them 3 feet of clearance – Staying three feet behind a biker helps keep everyone safer, and gives more time for reaction.