Motorists

Motorists

Ways Motorists Can Improve Bicyclist Safety 

Bicyclists are more vulnerable road users than motorists. They are smaller, quieter and have no “crumple zone”. A small mistake by a motorist can result in serious injury or death to a cyclist. Motorists must respect the rights of other road users, including bicyclists.
 
Pass with Care
  • Respect bicyclists as legal road users with the same rules and responsibilities as motorists. Drive courteously and with tolerance. That bicyclist is your neighbour and you are sharing the road.
  • Treat a bicyclist as you would any slow moving vehicle. Pass only when the road ahead is clear.
  • Slow down when passing, especially if the road is narrow.
  • Give at least one metre of space between you and a bicyclist when passing.
  • Check over your shoulder before moving back into your travel lane to make sure you have left enough space.
 Yield to Bicyclists
  • When turning left, yield to oncoming bicyclists. Experienced bicyclists can travel 30 to 40 km/hr and can be moving faster than you think.
  • Do not make a right hand turn in front of bicyclists. Assume they are travelling through unless they signal otherwise.
 Watch for Bicyclists
  • Expect to see bicyclists on roads. Bicyclists may ride one metre from the road edge, but can occupy any part of a lane if safety warrants, e.g. to avoid obstacles, to turn left, or if the lane isn’t wide enough for a motorist to safely pass.
  • Always check your blind spot. A bicyclist could be there.
  • Check for bicyclists before opening your car door.
  • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable.
  • Expect the unexpected and drive with caution.
 Some bicyclists appreciate communication from approaching vehicles. A quick beep of your horn will alert bicyclists that you are approaching them from behind.   Do not honk your horn for an extended period it can startle bicyclists and cause them to swerve into traffic.
Motorists
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