Roads should be safe for all bicyclists and motorists. In order to co-exist safely, we need mutual respect and understanding between cyclists and motorists, as they share the same rights and responsibilities on public roads. Follow the behaviors included here and we’ll all be safer.
Obey the law.
Predictable cyclists are safe cyclists. Obeying traffic laws is the easiest way to be a more predictable rider. When drivers know what to expect they can more safely share the road with you. When cyclists fail to obey the law, we lose the support of many drivers.
Ride single file and to the right, or “take the lane.”
Be aware of who is on the roadway with you. When the road is wide enough, ride single file and to the right. When the road is too narrow for a car to pass safely in your lane, “take the lane” to avoid being clipped by a motorist.
Use hand signals.
The most frequent driver statement made to police at the scene of a car/bike accident is, “I didn’t even see them.” Signaling draws the driver’s attention to you. Signaling costs nothing and it could save your life. Signaling is actually dangerous when going down a hill, slow down before intersections and turns to alert motorists to a possible change in your direction.
Avoid provoking motorists.
Road rage kills and cyclists are the most vulnerable users of the road. Regardless of who is at fault, antagonizing motorists can result in dangerous and aggressive driving.
Bicycling is one of the cleanest forms of transportation on the planet. Let’s keep it that way. Don’t litter the roadside with energy bar wrappers where we ride.
REPORT INCIDENTS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
GetAbout Columbia has the support of the Columbia Police Department, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, MU Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. When a law has been broken, the local law enforcement agencies will take appropriate action. “Street justice” can backfire—don’t participate in Road Rage!
Dial 911 to report “road incidents” such as collisions, injuries or reckless behavior.
Be a Part of the Solution, not a Part of the Problem