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How to Drive Safely with Bicyclists

How to drive safely with bicyclists
We must embrace bicyclists on the road and keep them safe!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Give them 3 feet of clearance – Staying three feet behind a biker helps keep everyone safer, and gives more time for reaction.

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