According to the League of American Bicyclists the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62% in the past 10 years. As bicycle transportation becomes more and more common, we should all be aware and considerate of bikers all year in order to keep our roads both active and safe.
In an effort to reduce accidents, a number of states have adopted the “Share the Road” sign, a campaign started in 1997 to alert motorists that they should expect bicyclists on that road. But even with a cautionary sign, what exactly should you do, as a driver, to effectively share the road?
Here are some tips…
- Keep at least three feet of space between you and the bike – more if possible
- Pass on the left
- Wait to pass until the traffic lane next to you is clear. This means:
- On a two-lane highway, wait until the opposing lane is clear
- On roads with more than two lanes, wait until the traffic lane on your left is clear before changing lanes
- Be patient. You should only pass when it’s safe, even if this means driving behind a cyclist at a low speed
- Always check your blind spots for cyclists
- As always, pay special attention at a crosswalk
Bicycles are considered “vehicles” on the road, and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our roads safe. If you were injured in an accident involving a bicycle, you may have a case. For a free consultation with our team at Scartelli Olszewski, call or message us today.