Last updated on November 18, 2019 at 11:59 am
What’s not to love about summer? It’s the time of year to look forward to delicious ice cream, lazy days at the beach, lots of sunshine and watching the Tour de France!
Whether you’re an avid cyclist, an occasional bike rider or someone who prefers a car or motorcycle, sometimes it can be difficult for cyclists and motorists to share the road.
Here are some helpful tips from Plymouth Rock Assurance for drivers and motorcyclists when it comes to sharing the road with summer cyclists.
If you’re a cyclist:
- Be seen. Bikes are less noticeable than even the smallest of cars. Use lights on the front and back of your bicycle. Also make sure to wear bright clothing with reflective material.
- Stay to the right. Ride on the right side of the road with traffic, never against it. The law states that riders must stay as far to the right as practicable. Not possible, but practicable. Avoid hugging the curb.
- Communicate. Bikes don’t have brake lights or turning signals so it’s up to each rider to communicate their intentions to other vehicles.
- Yield the right-of-way. The same rules that govern the right-of-way for motorists also apply to bicyclists. This includes yielding to pedestrians, school buses and emergency vehicles, to name a few.
If you’re a motorist or motorcyclist:
- Be alert. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver on the road. Keep an eye out for cyclists in turning lanes, at intersections and entering the roadway from driveways and parking lots.
- Slow down. Reduce your speed and provide adequate clearance when passing a bicyclist. Three feet is the absolute minimum at slow speeds. Five feet is recommended. Trucks should leave even more space.
- Hand off the horn. Loud noises, such as a car horn, may startle a rider and cause them to lose control.
- Park smart. Bike lanes were made for bikes. Parking or blocking a bike lane could cause a serious accident.
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