As the temperature continues to warm up, many people will be heading outdoors for recreational activities. There will be many bicycles on the road. It’s very important to keep in mind people on bicycles have the same rights as people behind the wheel, as well as the same responsibilities. Here are some tips to keep you and cyclists safe:
- Yield to cyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed. This will help avoid turning in front of a cyclist traveling on the road, sidewalk, often at an intersection or driveway.
- In parking lots, at stop signs, when backing up or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles.
- Drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a cyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely and look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
- Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.
- Give cyclists room as you do not want to pass too closely. Pass cyclists as you would any other vehicle, when it’s safe to move over into an adjacent lane.
Also, as the school year comes to end, more children will be going outside to play. Here are some tips for parents and drivers to keep in mind:
- Never leave children outside alone.
- Teach children to not play near the street. Explain to them they must ask for help if toys roll into the street or driveway.
- Drivers need to be vigilant and be on the lookout for children who might be crossing the street or going after a toy.