Sunday, May 27, 2012

a big Thank You / Merci to all careful car drivers

We notice (frequently) that there are many careful and considerate car drivers sharing the streets and roads with those of us on bicycles.

Thanks careful car drivers!  We love you too.

Here are some tips on sharing the road with people on bicycles.

Drive Cautiously:
- Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
- Don't tailgate, especially in bad weather
- Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space

Yield to Cyclists:
- Bicycles are considered vehicles
- Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way
- Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections

Be Considerate:
- Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
- Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
- Look for cyclists when opening doors

Pass with Care:
- When passing, leave four feet between you and a cyclist
- Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you pass
- Check over your shoulder before moving back

Watch for Children:
- Children on bicycles are often unpredictable
- Expect the unexpected and slow down
- Don't expect children to know traffic laws
- Because of their size children can be harder to see


At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

watch for children... even if they inhabit adult bodies.

At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bicycles are considered vehicles" -> what's the point of this bit?

It's true, but what does it mean? Although a defined as a "vehicle", it does not fall under the definition of "motor vehicle" and thus does not have the same rights and obligations as motor vehicles. Some rules apply to both, some to only one, some to only the other.

Notably a cyclist unfortunately does not have the right to "take the lane".


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