When the weather warms up, it becomes more important than ever to watch out for cyclists on the road. Bicycles on the road are, by law, vehicles with the same rights as motor vehicles. Both rider and driver are responsible to share the road with one another. Though, if a cyclist and motor vehicle are in an accident, the cyclist is the most likely to be injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicyclists made up 2% of all traffic deaths and 2% of all crash-related injuries in 2014.
If you are riding your bike on the road, it’s important that you look out for your own safety while following the rules of the road. Making safer choices can help reduce deaths and injuries on the road.
- Wear a helmet
- Drive defensively
- Drive predictably
- Improve your riding skills
- Ensure you are prepared with a bike that works and fits
- Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you
For more on how to ride your bike on the road safely, check out the NHTSA’s YouTube video.
As a driver, you are responsible for sharing the road with bicyclists. Here are some steps you can take to prevent a crash or injury to a cyclist:
- Stay alert
- When you are changing lanes, turning, stopped at a stop sign, or in a parking lot, watch out for bicyclists
- Yield to bicyclists
- Slow down when you approach a bicyclist
- Provide adequate space when passing a cyclist
- If it is safe and possible, get over to an adjacent lane
For more tips on how to stay safe while sharing roadways, head over to https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety. By staying focused and alert, you can keep yourself and those around you safe, whether behind the wheel or on a bike.