Cyclists are supposed to the follow the same rules of the road as cars and trucks, but it can be much more hazardous to ride a bicycle on city streets. Some drivers do not want to share the road with bicycles. Sometimes, cyclists do not follow the rules of the road. Accidents happen. Many times, an accident could have been avoided just by using common sense and extending common courtesies.
If you are sharing the road with a cyclist, remember these tips:
- Allow at least three feet when passing vehicles.
- Yield to cyclists when turning.
- Always check before opening your door.
- Obey the speed limit.
- Pay attention to the road and your driving.
Cyclists should take responsibility for their safety, too:
- Do not wear headphones so you can hear cars and other vehicles approaching. If you must have music, use one ear only.
- Obey traffic signs and use hand signals to make sure other drivers understand your intentions.
- Anticipate hazards and change position as necessary.
- Ride with the flow of traffic. Do not dodge in and out of parked cars.
- Wear proper protective gear and make sure you have reflector lights.
- Be mindful of your visibility to other vehicles.
- Enter the street at a corner.
- Use a bell or horn to alert pedestrians to your presence.
- Make sure you fit the bicycle. Check your equipment before riding.
- Wear bright clothing to be visible.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that children under 10 years old should ride in the street.
The weather is much nicer these days, and more cyclists are out on the road. It is important to watch out to keep the roads safe for everyone. Cyclists are more vulnerable to injuries when they are in an accident. Injuries can occur from coming into contact with a vehicle, as well as from hitting the road. If you have a bike injury claim, you might want to discuss your situation with a lawyer.