This past weekend, I noticed more bicycle lanes being constructed in the city. During the summer months, you’ll see commuters riding to work, recreational cyclists training for competition, and families out enjoying a leisurely ride. Motorists have to share the road with many people under many circumstances, remembering the phrase “share the road.” When drivers forget this simple rule, it can lead to aggressive and entitled behavior, and keeping a cool head a generous demeanor keeps more people safe on the road.
Bicyclists are vulnerable. Sadly, many aggressive drivers see bicyclists as easy targets, and will do harmful and potentially fatal things to them like yelling, throwing objects, slapping them, or trying to push them off of the road. Motorists must remember that bicycles are entitled to many of the same road privileges as people driving in a car.
Share the Road
Here are some safety tips for motorists:
- Do not pass bicyclists when you are about to make a right turn.
- Be extra aware of the cyclist after you pass them and decide to move into their lane: if the person is riding faster than you think, you might not have completely passed them.
- Give bicyclists extra room in inclement weather.
- Don’t honk your horn, yell or whistle when driving by a cyclist. Scaring them could cause an accident.
- Be extra careful around kids on bikes.
- Yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would yield to oncoming motorists. The vehicle code is to be followed by both the motorist and cyclist.
- Look for bicyclists before opening your car door.
- Share the road!
Be kind to the people you encounter. We need to share the roads with all road users, so let’s do it safely.