Drive Smart - Cyclists
Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. The Bike Smart module of Street Smarts educates all bicyclists that they too must obey the rules of the road. As a motorist, you should drive carefully around a bicyclist because the slightest mistake by you or the bicyclist can result in injury or death.
The biggest differences between bicyclists and motorists as road users is that bicycles are less visible, quieter, and don’t have a crumble zone around them. Always be aware of bicyclists that may be on the road. Here are some guidelines to help you share the road with bicyclists.
Reduce your speed when passing bicyclists, especially if the roadway is narrow.
Don’t blast your horn when approaching bicyclists – you could startle them and cause an accident.
When the road is too narrow for cars and bikes to ride safely side by side, bicycles will “take the travel lane”, which means riding in or near the center of the lane.
Recognize situations and obstacles which may be hazardous to cyclists, such as potholes, debris, and drain grates. Give bicyclists adequate space to maneuver.
Do NOT pass bicyclists if oncoming traffic is near. Wait as you would with any slow-moving vehicle. Your patience will only take a few seconds and can help prevent a serious crash or worse.
In bad weather, give bicyclists extra trailing and passing room, just as you would other motorists.
When uncertain in any situation, SLOW DOWN until it’s safe to pass.
Give at least three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist, just as you would with a slow-moving vehicle.
After passing a bicyclist on your right side, check over your shoulder to make sure you have allowed enough room before moving over. Experienced bicyclists often ride 25-30 mph and may be closer than you think.
Do not pass bicyclists if you will be making a right hand turn immediately afterward. Always assume bicyclists are traveling through unless they signal.
When turning left at an intersection, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as your would yield to oncoming motorists.
Before opening your car door, always look for bicyclists who may be approaching.
Children on bicycles are often unpredictable – expect the unexpected.
Drive Smart - Pedestrians
Safety tips for drivers:
Watch for pedestrians at all times
- Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians.
- Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing.
- Don't drive distracted or after consuming alcohol or other drugs.
- For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.
Yield to pedestrians at crossings
- Stop or yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked.
- Stop or yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections.
- Do not block or park in crosswalks.
Drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers
Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians, especially in residential areas and near schools.
- Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
- Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at stop signs.