How To Safely Share The Road With Cyclists
Recently, a video of a bike being side swiped by a vehicle turning right at an intersection in Saanich was shared online. While the cyclist walked away with only minor injuries, it could have been a lot worse. The driver, who drove off seemingly oblivious to what had just occurred was NOT practising correct motorist/cyclist road safety. This got us thinking, maybe it’s time to refresh peoples memories of how to correctly share the road with cyclists. Watch the video below and decide from our tips what the motorist did wrong and what they should have done instead.
Keep a safe distance
It is recommended that drivers remain at least three seconds behind cyclists on the road. Because cyclists don’t have brake lights to warn you when they are slowing down or stopping so it is best to keep as much separation as possible, especially as the roads become more click. When making a pass, leaving one metre between you and the bike to reduce the risk of side-swiping or running a cyclist off the road.
Your door is dangerous
“Dooring” is very common and the consequences can be large. Including the chances of seriously injuring a cyclist, you can also receive a dooring violation and fine. It is both the driver and the passenger’s responsibility to shoulder check for bikers before opening doors.
Distraction is your worst enemy
Always be aware of cyclists on the road and make eye contact whenever possible. This will help you both be able to anticipate each other’s next move while remaining safe. Knowing cyclists hand sings helps to anticipate their next move and also when it is safe to pass.
Shoulder Check, shoulder check, shoulder check.
Shoulder checking when turning right and watching for oncoming cyclists when turning left is crucial. Always be cautious when entering a roadway or getting in and out of a parking spot.
Respect bike lanes.
Bike lanes are reserved for cyclists. Do not drive in bike lanes and always yield to cyclists when crossing bike lanes to access driveways or parking spots.
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