May is National Bicycling Safety Month

May is National Bicycling Safety Month! Biking a great form of exercise for all ages, but maintaining safety is extremely important!  We have some tips for both drivers encountering cyclists on the road and for cyclists themselves.

For Drivers:

  1. Give cyclists space: Always leave at least three feet of space when passing a cyclist.
  2. Check your blind spots: Before making a turn or changing lanes, check your blind spots for cyclists.
  3. Use your signals: Signal your intentions well in advance so cyclists can anticipate your movements.
  4. Be patient: Remember that cyclists may not be able to move as quickly as vehicles, so be patient and give them time and space.
  5. Avoid distractions: Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions such as texting or using your phone while driving.
  6. Look for cyclists when opening doors: Before opening your car door, check for cyclists approaching from behind to avoid causing a collision.

For Cyclists:

  1. Wear a helmet: Always wear a properly fitted helmet to protect yourself in case of a fall or collision.
  2. Use lights and reflectors: Make yourself visible to drivers by using front and rear lights, as well as reflectors, especially when riding at night.
  3. Follow traffic rules: Cyclists must obey traffic signals, signs, and lane markings, just like drivers.
  4. Ride predictably: Signal your intentions, use hand signals when turning, and ride in a straight line to help drivers anticipate your movements.
  5. Be aware of your surroundings: Stay alert and watch for vehicles, pedestrians, and other obstacles on the road.
  6. Make eye contact: Try to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you before proceeding through intersections or making turns.

By following these tips, both drivers and cyclists can help ensure the safety of everyone sharing the road.

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