Bicyclists and motorists can roll together
Below are some recommendations for bicyclists and motorists to share the road safely. Bicyclists and motorists share the same rights – and the same responsibilities – when using our public roads.
Recommendations for bicyclists:
- Wear a bike helmet.
- Use lights at night – white in front, red in back.
- Wear reflective or light-colored clothing.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic and use hand signals.
- Ride single file and as far to the right as safe.
- Move to the center of the lane when space is too narrow to share with a car.
- Be predictable – don’t weave.
Recommendations for motorists:
- When passing, provide at least three feet of space between your vehicle and a bike.
- Look for bicyclists before opening a car door when you’re parked on the street.
- Remember that bicyclists sometimes have to move towards the middle of the lane when space is too small to share or to avoid debris or rough pavement near the curb.
- Look for bicyclists when making turns – it’s easy to misjudge the speed of an oncoming bike.
- Look for bicyclists before exiting a parking place or driveway.
Safety on the road requires mutual respect and understanding between bicyclists and motorists. Let’s Roll Together Columbia!