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Driving and Bicycle Safety

12 Jun Blog | Comments

Driving and bicycle safety go hand-in-hand every summer. Students get out of school so the amount of bikes out on the road increases. This means that drivers need to be more aware by being on the lookout for bicycles on the road.

What is important to knowledge here is that both the drivers and the bicyclists need to pay attention to their surroundings and follow proper driving and bicycle safety laws. Below is a list of ways that both drivers and bicyclists can make the roads safer.

Driving with bicycles on the road:

  • It is important to remember that the bicycle has the right of way. Much like a pedestrian driver responsible for allowing the bicyclist to share the road.
  • Although a driver is allowed to pass someone riding a bicycle they must do so at the most proper and safest times. For example, is not a good idea to pass someone riding a bicycle if the road is curved. It is also not a good idea to pass a bicycle while going uphill, if the driver cannot see traffic coming the other direction.
  • The person driving is also required to give the person on the bicycle enough room between the car and the bicycle. Getting too close to a person on a bicycle could cause them to veer off the road, in fear of being hit by the car.

Riding a bicycle with cars on the road:

  • The person riding the bike needs to remember to be sure to clearly signal what direction he or she is going to go, by using the proper hand signals. This gives any nearby drivers a warning that the bicyclist will be turning and which direction.
  • It is also the person’s responsibility to stay close to the right side of the road. The person on the bicycle is not allowed to ride in the middle of the lane. This allows drivers to safely and properly pass someone on a bicycle should the opportunity present itself.
  • A person riding their bicycle on the road needs to follow all of the rules of the road. That means the person writing the bicycle needs to stop at red lights, stop signs, etc.
  • It is also a good idea for the person riding the bike to wear a helmet just in case there is ever an accident. Also, if the person is out riding their bicycle at night they should have some kind of reflective lights and/or reflective clothing to make them more visible.

Riding a bicycle on the road is great exercise and can be a lot of fun. It is however a bit more dangerous than riding a bike on a sidewalk. It requires both the person riding the bicycle and any drivers in the vicinity to be more aware and more cautious, in order to keep everyone safe.





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