Motorist Safety Tips

Motorists must respect the rights of other road users, including bicyclists. Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated like another vehicle. Do your part by being a safe and courteous driver around bicyclists.

  1. Watch for bicycles in traffic. They are smaller and harder to see than other motor vehicles.
  2. Don't underestimate the speed of a bicyclist. Many bicyclists can easily travel at 25-30 miles per hour.
  3. Slow down when passing a bicyclist.
  4. Give at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. If traveling on higher speed roads, give more space.
  5. Do not pass a bicyclist on a narrow two-lane road when oncoming traffic is near.
  6. When driving near a child on a bike, be prepared for the unexpected.
  7. Recognize situations that could be dangerous for bicyclists such as broken glass, potholes, debris, parked cars, garbage cans, and drain grates. Give bicyclists enough room to maneuver around these trouble spots.
  8. Do not blast your horn when approaching a bicyclist - you could startle the rider and cause a crash.
  9. Do not pass a bicyclist if you'll be making a right turn in front of them.
  10. When turning left at an intersection, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would an oncoming car.
  11. Do not park or drive in bike lanes.
  12. Be respectful of other road users, including bicyclists. Courtesy is contagious.

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