Bicyclists have the same responsibilities as well as the same rights as drivers of motor vehicles in all 50 states, certainly, and that includes riding predictably and responsibly and following all traffic signs and signals.
With close to 800 bicyclists killed each year, however ~ and with most of these deaths resulting from car/bike collisions ~ the U.S. needs to do a better job of educating its citizens who drive motor vehicles how to safely share the road with bicyclists, with tools such as this set of L.A.B. guidelines.
Donít Be the Cause of a Car/Bike Crash~~
Learn How to Safely Share the Road With Bicyclists
1. Leave at least three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist.
2. Be aware that when a road is too narrow for cars and bikes to ride safely side-by-side, bicyclists should "take the travel lane," which means riding in or near the center of the lane.
3. Reduce your speed when passing a cyclist, especially if the roadway is narrow.
A faster moving large vehicle creates suction as it passes a bicycle.
4. When turning left at an intersection, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would yield to oncoming motorists.
5. After passing a cyclist on your right, check over your shoulder to make sure you have allowed adequate distance before merging back in.
Experienced cyclists often ride 25~30 mph and may be closer than you think.
6. Donít blast your horn when approaching bicyclists ~ you could startle them and cause an accident.
7. In inclement weather, give cyclists extra trailing and passing room, just as you would a motorist.
8. Learn to recognize situations and obstacles which may be hazardous to cyclists, such as potholes, debris, and
glass ~ then give them adequate space to maneuver.
9. Look for approaching bicyclists before opening your car door.
10. Children on bicycles are often unpredictable in their actions. Expect the unexpected.
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