Cyclists And Motorists Share The Road For Safety

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    AAA discusses sharing the road with cyclists and shares several tips for bike safety.

    Rhonda Shah: Cycling is becoming more and more popular. And why not, it's a great form of exercise, it's good for the environment, and it's fun to ride.

    Learning the rules of the road for both bicyclist and motorist can help combat injuries and fatalities, and today, we're going to give you some tips about sharing the road.

    So Andy, what does sharing the road mean for bicyclists?

    Andy Clark: Well, bicyclists are legal drivers of vehicles. So sharing the road means mutual respect.

    Rhonda Shah: So here are some tips for motorists. Avoid all distractions while driving. Yield to bicyclists when turning. In bad weather, give bicyclists extra passing room. Make a visual check for bikes by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.

    Slow down and give at least three feet of clearing when passing. Reduce your speed when passing bikes, especially when the road is narrow. And never honk your horn at a bicyclist. It can cause them to swerve into traffic or off of the roadway and crash.

    Always check for bicyclists before opening your car door. And don't forget that children on bikes are often very unpredictable. Expect the unexpected. Now Andy, how about some tips for bicyclists?

    Andy Clark: Well, bicyclists should follow the same rules of the road as other roadway users. Signal all your turns. Wear helmet every time you ride. Be visible wearing bright colors during the day, reflective gear in low-light conditions, and use head and tail lights when riding at night. Show motorists the same courtesy you expect from them.

    Rhonda Shah: Remember, same rules, same rights.

    Andy Clark: Share the road, it could save a life.