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An increasing number of major cities are looking for ways to promote cycling, one of the ways is by adding bicycle lanes and paths in congested business districts as well as residential areas. The hope is that cycling will continue to become a bigger part of the transportation system, expanding well beyond its role as a recreational pastime and sport.
But the relationship between cyclists and motorists can, as we all know, become strained.
Here are some safety tips from a Cycling Coalition in the States that drivers may want to share with other road users in order to promote a safer coexistence.
- Reduce speed when encountering cyclists.
- In inclement weather, give cyclists extra trailing and passing room.
- Recognize situations that may be potentially dangerous to cyclists and give them space.
- Yield to cyclists
- Cyclists should be considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way.
- Cyclists may take the entire lane when hazards, road width or traffic speed dictate.
- Motorists should allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections.
- Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections.
- Do not blow your hooter in close proximity to cyclists.
- Look for cyclists when opening doors.
Pass with care
- Leave at least one and a half meters space between your car and a cyclist when passing.
- Wait until road and traffic conditions allow you to safely pass.
- Check over your shoulder after passing a cyclist before moving back to your normal position.
Watch for children and keep in mind:
- Children on bicycles are often unpredictable – expect the unexpected and slow down.
- Most children don’t have adequate knowledge of traffic laws.
- Children are harder to see because they are typically smaller than adults.