Any person riding a bicycle has all
of the same rights
Don't be the cause of a car-bike crash - learn how to safely share the road.
|from the Maryland Driverís Handbook of Maryland Department of Transportation
FOLLOWING A CYCLIST
As you approach a cyclist, slow down. Avoid the use of your horn. Cyclists can usually hear an approaching vehicle and loud noises can surprise the bicycle operator, causing an accident. Do not follow closely. Bicycles can stop and maneuver quickly. Be prepared for a cyclist to swerve to avoid a road hazard. Young cyclists are particularly likely to make surprising changes in direction.
PASSING A CYCLIST
When passing a cyclist, wait until its safe, allow adequate clearance (usually about three feet) and return to your lane when you can clearly see the cyclist in your rearview mirror. Do not use you horn. Do not attempt to share the lane with the cyclist. Reduce your speed, follow the bicycle and wait for a safe opportunity to pass.
RIGHT AND LEFT TURNS
A bicycle is not restricted to the right side of the road.
Cyclists are expected to use the turn lanes. Merge safely with bicycle
traffic when turning. Do not make right turns across the path of bicycle
traffic. It is common for an experienced cyclist to reach speeds of 20-30
m.p.h. and be closer than you think.
RULES FOR MOTORISTS:
1. Bicycles are required to ride on paved shoulders, where they exist, or as far right in the lane as possible only when the lane can be safely shared by a car and a bicycle, side by side. Even then, there are certain conditions that allow a bicyclist to "take the travel lane," such as:
3. Motorists should merge with bicycle traffic when preparing for a right hand turn. Avoid turning directly across the path of bicycle traffic. Experienced cyclists often ride 25-30 miles per hour and may be closer than you think.
4. When turning left at an intersection, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would yield to oncoming motorists.
5. DO NOT blast your horn when approaching bicyclists -you could startle them, causing an accident.
6. Look for bicyclists before opening your car door.
7. In inclement weather, give cyclists extra trailing and passing room, just as you would for other motorists.
8. Safe passing of bicycles requires special consideration:
10. Look both ways at intersections before turning. Bicycles may be found riding incorrectly facing traffic and create special hazards at intersections.
Be alert to the causes of the most common motorist/bicycle collisions. A motorist turning left will overlook or misjudge the speed of the oncoming bicycle traffic. When turning right, the motorist should slow and merge with the bicycle traffic for a safe right hand turn. Motorists failing to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign to a bicyclist is the third most common cause of collisions. At intersections, right-of-way rules apply equally to bicycles and motor vehicles.
Links to other sites with Share the Road information:
State Laws on Bicycling
|page updated September 3, 2000
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