Lets share the road | PostIndependent.com

Lets share the road

Transportation responsibility & youSabrina Harris

Whether you’re driving a car or a bicycle, driving on today’s roads requires care and courtesy. Motorists must respect the rights of other road users including bicyclists. Do your part to improve the safety of our roads by following these helpful tips: A cyclist riding his bicycle is considered by law to be a vehicle. When a cyclist has stopped and remains astride their bicycle at an intersection and/or for a traffic signal, he is to be treated as a vehicle waiting for his turn to proceed. If a cyclist dismounts completely and is walking beside and pushing her bicycle, then she is considered by law to be a pedestrian. Many children riding bicycles on the street may lack the necessary training and skills for safe cycling. They may not be aware of all dangers. Be alert for small children on oversized bicycles. This may increase the likelihood of loss of control. When passing a cyclist, go around him like you would any other slow-moving vehicle. Leave lots of room. When you are preparing to make a right turn, watch for cyclists who may pull up alongside your vehicle. Remember to shoulder-check your blind spots. When you are about to make a right turn, do not pull up beside a cyclist and then turn directly in front of her and cut her off. When pulling away from the curb, always check for cyclists who may be trying to pass you. When parked at the curb, always check for cyclists before you open your vehicle door. It is the driver’s responsibility not to open the vehicle door into traffic. Do not follow too close behind cyclists. They do not have brake lights to warn you when they are stopping. Cyclists are entitled to make left turns in the same manner as motorists. Since they are more exposed to traffic on left turns, they will need extra consideration, especially on multi-lane roads. Cyclists are required to ride as close as practicable to the curb; however, they may need to ride further out when they have to steer away from drainage grates, pot holes, debris, loose gravel or sand, wet or slippery surfaces, rutted or grooved pavement and even dogs. Be aware of the roadway conditions which may affect a cyclist. Do not sound your horn unnecessarily when you are overtaking a cyclist. It may startle him and cause him to lose control. If you feel you must use your horn, tap it quickly and lightly while you are still some distance away from the cyclist. Our roads should be safe for all bicyclists and motorists. Nothing counts more than safety and courtesy. Let’s be respectful to everyones right and share the road. After all, the road belongs to everyone. Construction UpdatesThe bike path along Midland Avenue will be closed from East Meadows, west to the end of the trail until April 27.


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