Driver Etiquette: How to Ride with Bikes
- Drivers of motor vehicles must treat bicycle riders the same as drivers of other motor vehicles.
- Be aware
bicyclists have legal access to the roadway and must obey stop signs,
traffic lights, and most other traffic laws and signs.
- Special care must be used near bicyclists because any accident with them will probably result in serious injury.
- Automobile drivers should leave safe passing room. If you are not sure you have enough room to pass, don't.
- Be Patient.
- When turning, you MUST not turn so close to them that the bicyclist is in danger of being hit.
can legally move to the left lane to turn left, to pass another
vehicle or bicycle, or to avoid debris or parked cars.
Bicyclists may have to swerve to avoid a car door suddenly opening,
glass, storm grates, dogs and other hazards on the road.
- Expect any of these moves by bicyclists in a main traffic lane.
- When the
lane is too narrow to pass a bicyclist safely, wait until the next
lane is clear and give the bicyclist all the rights of any other slow
- A motorist
parked at a curb must not open a door on the traffic side of a
vehicle without looking for other vehicles, including bicycles or
riders may give right turn signals with their right arm held straight
out or pointing right. Remember, bicycles are small and sometimes
drivers do not see them.
- Don't honk at bicyclists. Loud noise may startle the bicyclist and cause them to move into the lane of traffic.
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