Roll together

getabout columbia logoBicyclists 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! 

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