Dallas Bikeway System

​​​Etiquette for Bicyclists and Drivers

​​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.
  • Bicyclists 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 moving vehicle.
  • 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 motorcycles.
  • Bicycle 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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