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!