Bicyclists have the right to ride the road and travel in the same direction as motor vehicles. Bicyclists are often difficult to notice in traffic and have little protection from a traffic crash. Check your vehicle’s “blind spots” before you make a turn, parallel park, open a door or leave a curb. Don’t rely only on your rearview mirrors — turn your head to look for bicyclists, skaters and scooter operators who may be alongside or approaching your vehicle. Understand that no one’s time is more important than someone’s life.
Tips for sharing the road with bicyclists:
- Drive Cautiously. Reduce speed when encountering cyclists. Don’t tailgate, especially in bad weather. Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space.
- Yield to Cyclists. Bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way. Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections.
- Be Considerate. Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections. Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists. Look for cyclists when opening your car doors.
- Pass with Care. When passing, leave four feet between you and a cyclist. Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you attempt to pass. Check over your shoulder before moving back into your lane.
- Watch for Children. Children on bicycles are often unpredictable. Always expect the unexpected and slow down when they’re near. Don’t expect children to know traffic laws. Remember, because of their size children can be harder to see.
Tips for bicyclists:
- The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists. Obey all traffic control devices and use hand signals to indicate all stops and turns.
- Always wear a properly fitting helmet. Wear a helmet, no matter how short the trip.
- Ride on the right. Always ride in the same direction as the traffic flow. Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination. Slower moving cyclists and motorists must stay to the right.
- Ride Predictably. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve in the road or between parked cars. Check for traffic before entering any street or intersection. Try to anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly.
- Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing that provides contrast with your surroundings. Use a white front light in low light conditions and a red rear light in low light conditions. Always use a reflector or reflective tape or clothing any time you’re riding. Announce yourself by making eye contact with motorists.